CHICAGO (AP) — Trevor Plouffe hit a pair of solo homers, including a tie-breaking shot in the eighth, to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

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Eduardo Escobar added a solo shot in the Twins' three-run ninth as Minnesota remained one game behind Texas for the second American League wild card.

Ervin Santana came through with his third straight strong start, allowing two runs, on Adam Eaton's 13th homer in the fifth, through seven innings, while scattering six hits and striking out six. In his last three outings, Santana (5-4) has allowed just three earned runs in 22 innings and struck out 27.

Plouffe's second homer, came off Nate Jones (1-2), the second Chicago reliever, and gave the Twins infielder his third career multi-homer game.