CHICAGO -- Solid performances by third baseman Trevor Plouffe, and starting pitcher Ervin Santana kept the Twins in the win column last (Friday) night against the Chicago White Sox 6-2.

Plouffe swung a great bat in the game knocking in his 19th home run of the season in the 4th inning to give the Twins the 1-0 lead.

He found his swing again in the 8th inning with another solo home run that put the Twins head 3-2 and lead the team to a 6-2 victory.

Plouffe's home runs' were the first he has had in 20 games.

Santana had another great start allowing just two runs and striking out six batters.

The victory keeps the Twins in the Wild Card Playoff hunt, just trailing the Texas Rangers by 1 game.

The will look to close that gap again this (Saturday) evening when they play the White Sox for game two of the series. Tommy Milone will get the start for the Twins. First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m.