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Johnson’s 3 home runs lead White Sox in season finale

Published: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT
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The White Sox's Dan Johnson (right) is congratulated by Dayan Viciedo after Johnson hit a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher David Huff in the fifth inning Wednesday in Cleveland. Viciedo scored.

CLEVELAND – Dan Johnson hit his first three homers of the season and the White Sox added two more in the game as the Sox routed the Cleveland Indians 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Gavin Floyd (12-11) gave up three hits over seven innings. He struck out six, one short of getting 145 strikeouts for the fifth straight season despite being on the disabled list twice this year.

Johnson hit two two-run homers off David Huff (3-1). His 424-foot shot in the second inning was his first in more than a year.

His second made it 7-0 in the fifth, two batters after Paul Konerko hit his 26th of the season.

It was Johnson’s fifth career multihomer game and first time he hit three in a game. He’s the first player to hit three in a game against Cleveland since Konerko in July 2009.

The Sox went 4-11 down the stretch to place second to Detroit after leading the AL Central by three games on Sept. 18. Robin Ventura’s 85 wins are the most for a first-year Sox manager since Gene Lamont won 86 in 1992.

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