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MINNEAPOLIS -- Ron Gardenhire has seen centre fielders like Kirby Puckett, Torii Hunter and Ben Revere make some spectacular catches during his time coaching and managing the Minnesota Twins. After Monday night, hes adding Aaron Hicks to the list. Hicks hit two home runs and made a leaping catch in centre field to take a home run away from Adam Dunn in the Twins 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. "Weve definitely had our share of great ones here and that ranks right up there," Gardenhire said. "That catch is going to rank right up there, especially the moment he caught the ball. A big moment, a big play." Justin Morneau extended his hitting streak to nine games with three hits and four RBIs, including a bases-clearing double that capped the scoring in the eighth. Hicks, who missed the previous two games due to a sore right elbow, led off the fourth inning with a 416-foot solo homer that bounced in front of the black batters eye in centre field and gave the Twins a 5-2 lead. With a runner on third and the Twins holding a 5-3 lead in the sixth, Dunn drove a pitch from reliever Josh Roenicke deep to centre that appeared to be headed for the same spot Hicks blast landed. However, the Twins rookie sprinted back, leaped high, and caught the ball above the wall, falling to the ground and grinning as he opened his glove to show the ball to the umpire. After getting congratulated by teammates jogging off the field, Hicks hit his second home run in the bottom of the sixth, this one landing in the bullpen in left-centre. "Right after the catch I felt amazing, I felt loose. To hit that one, it just capped it off," Hicks said. Fans at Target Field stood and cheered for a curtain call, and Hicks finally obliged after Pedro Florimon popped out. "I heard em, but its my first one so I dont really know," said Hicks, whose teammates doused him with Gatorade and shaving cream after the game. "Morneaus saying, Hey these dont happen that often. Florimon ended up popping out, so I had to kind of wait. Then I went out and got it." Dunn and Hicks entered the game tied for the lowest batting average in baseball (.137) among qualifiers. When the night was over, Hicks average was .152 and Dunns .133. "Yeah, the kid made a great play," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, whose team allowed three unearned runs. "I think that one was one he hit well, but you dont get anything out of it. But again we are not helping ourselves on the other side." Twins starter Pedro Hernandez (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander, who came to the Twins in a trade with the White Sox for Francisco Liriano, retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced after giving up two runs in the first inning. Alex Rios had two RBIs for the White Sox, who are last in the American League in batting average and runs scored. Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez each had three hits. Hector Santiago (1-2) allowed six runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. He had only allowed one earned run in his previous two starts. The Twins loaded the bases with nobody out and took advantage of Ramirezs error at shortstop to score four runs in the third. The inning was capped by Trevor Plouffes two-run double. "Yeah, it seems like every day we have one play that could change the game and it does wind up changing the game," Santiago said. "I mean that play there, if he makes that play we are out of it and were up 2-0. You can keep the pitch count down. It was a big play in the game, and of late its been something like that, just one play each and every game." The White Sox loaded the bases against Jared Burton in the eighth, but pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie grounded out to first. NOTES: White Sox LHP Chris Sale, who threw a one-hit shutout in Sundays win against Los Angeles, woke up in pain with an abscessed tooth that needed to be pulled. 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LONDON -- The Bengals and Redskins both leave London feeling like losers after a strange shootout of a tie that satisfies nobody.Washington (4-3-1) needed to gain ground vs. Dallas and Philadelphia above it in the competitive NFC East, while Cincinnati (3-4-1) simply hoped to get back to .500 in the weaker AFC North. Instead, both head into their bye weeks with that unlikely No. 1 tacked on to their records like an irritating footnote.The Bengals let their victory slip away in regulation, permitting a 10-play, 45-yard drive that ended in a 40-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins with barely a minute left to knot the score 27-27.Washington got a double dose of regret in overtime, cheering as Hopkins 34-yard kick with barely two minutes remaining cleared the uprights -- only to be whistled dead on a Bengals timeout. His second kick hooked wide left .Yet the Redskins got the ball back at midfield after forcing an Andy Dalton fumble . Kirk Cousins hit Pierre Garcon to the Bengals 33-yard line, into potential winning field-goal range again -- only for the play to be reversed on a dubious pass interference call on Garcon.Its weird, said Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson. On one hand, youre mad, because theres a couple plays that if we make, we can win. But at the same time, we didnt lose. Its bittersweet, you know? Im glad we didnt take the `L, but Im upset we didnt win.Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said hed been thinking to himself, after watching the Seahawks and Cardinals struggle to a 6-6 tie last weekend, how weird it would be to experience an NFL tie himself.Then lo and behold, here we are, he said. It definitely feels more like a loss than a win.I just feel bad, said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. Tie? Whatever. I just feel like we lost.Other takeaways from Sundays Wembley Stadium draw:TERRIFIC TYLER: If the Bengals are going to reach the playoffs for a sixth straight year, they must improve their red-zone scoring. T key could be Tyler Eifert.The fourth-year tight end played a full game for the first time since offseason back surgery and was a dominant presence. He caught nine balls on 12 targets for 102 yards, many of them gained after the catch on short dump-offs, shovel passes or because of broken tackles.His 15-yard touchdown catch on the Bengals opening third-quarter drive put Cincinnati in front 13-10. It also was the first touchdown generated this season by any Bengals tight end, one year removed from Eifert catchinng 13 TD catches, a team record at the position.ddddddddddddA.J. Green said having Eifert back opened up the field for every other receiver.To see what he can do in the middle of the field is unbelievable, said Green, who made nine catches for 121 yards. I didnt have to worry about both safeties. All I had to worry about was beating the corner every time.Eiferts blocking was instrumental on Cincinnatis final touchdown. He helped seal the end of the defensive line for Jeremy Hill to stride untouched into the end zone on a 1-yard run that put the Bengals up 27-24 in the fourth quarter.Dalton praised Eifert as such a good player ... a big part of this offense.RUNNING FREE: The Redskins ground game aint broken without leading rusher Matt Jones, sidelined Sunday with a knee injury picked up midweek.Undrafted rookie Robert Kelley proved effective, carrying 21 times for 87 yards and his first rushing touchdown, a juking 4-yard carry up the gut on Washingtons opening drive. His final carry in overtime went for 16 yards to the Bengals 13 to put Hopkins seemingly within safe field goal range.Cousins said he was impressed watching the 228-pounder from Tulane read the holes and make the cuts and keep his shoulders downhill and take on contact.KICKING THEMSELVES: Both teams have questions to answer after their kickers flubbed scoring chances. Hopkins hit field goals of 20 and 40 yards, but missed from 34 and 55 -- and he was still the better kicker on the field.The Bengals Mike Nugent has missed all three attempts of 50 yards or more this season, including Sundays 51-yarder that spun low and wide left. Nugent also shanked an extra point, his first miss this season. 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