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Flowers, Buehrle carry ChiSox to blanking of Twins

Aug 30, 2011 - 4:06 AM Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Tyler Flowers knocked in two runs to support 7 2/3 scoreless innings from Mark Buehrle, as the Chicago White Sox bested the Minnesota Twins, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game series.

Buehrle (11-6) gave up just four hits -- all singles -- and struck out four to win for the fifth time in his last six decisions.

Sergio Santos tossed 1-2-3 ninth to record his 27th save of the season.

Dayan Viciedo went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the White Sox, who have won four straight and six of eight. They now sit just five games behind the AL Central- leading Tigers.

"One game at a time," said Buehrle. "We can't get too far ahead. We've got a couple more games with Detroit and they're not going away and I think they know we're not going to."

Kevin Slowey (0-3) lasted seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits to suffer the loss.

"Slowey was good," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "He was working fast, he got us off the field. He did everything Buehrle did except he gave up a couple of runs."

The Twins, who have dropped eight of their last nine games, were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

In the home second, Alejandro De Aza doubled, stole third and made it a 1-0 game on Flowers' sac fly.

A half-inning later, the Twins placed runners on first and second with two down, but Buehrle got Trevor Plouffe to fly out to end the inning.

Viciedo, who was recalled from the minors on Saturday, singled to begin the home seventh, advanced to second on De Aza's sac bunt and scored on Flowers' subsequent double, giving the Sox a 2-0 lead.

Aside from Danny Valencia in the top of the fourth, Buehrle did not allow another runner to reach second until Tsuyoshi Nishioka walked and advanced on Ben Revere's sac bunt in the eighth.

Buehrle then retired Plouffe before Jesse Crain struck out Michael Cuddyer to end the inning.

Viciedo made it a 3-0 game in the home half, scoring Alexei Ramirez from second with an infield single.

Game Notes

Buehrle has allowed just one earned run in 30 2/3 innings against the Twins this season...He tied Doc White for sixth place in franchise history with 159 career wins...At 67-65, the White Sox moved two games above .500 for the first time since April 14.