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Mauer's Power Helps Twins Beat White Sox
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer had four hits, two RBIs and his first regular season home run at Target Field, leading the Minnesota Twins past the Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Wednesday night to increase their season-high lead in the AL Central to five games.

The Twins trailed 5-3 entering the bottom of the fifth inning against Gavin Floyd (8-10). Mauer's opposite-field solo shot cut into the lead before a three-run sixth sealed it.

Matt Capps gave up a run the ninth one night after blowing his second save since coming to the Twins in a trade last month. Jeff Manship and Jesse Crain relieved a struggling Francisco Liriano.

The Twins have won nine straight at home and 24 of their last 31 overall.

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