That power surge, however, wasn't enough to prevent them Tuesday night from moving closer to being eliminated mathematically from American League Central title consideration as the Twins slugged four homers in an 8-6 victory.
Paul Konerko added a home run in the eighth.
Rios' home run was his first since he lined a homer Aug. 19 off Kansas City ace Zack Greinke.
But the greater scrutiny has fallen upon Dye, who has hit .168 since the All-Star break and could be entering his final days with the Sox, and, to a lesser extent, Quentin.
Quentin has no plans to end his season once the Sox are eliminated despite coping with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and a sore right knee.
"After the season, I'll address everything," said Quentin, whose 17 home runs are 19 fewer than he hit in 2008.
That includes a procedure that will remove the pin that was inserted as part of his surgery on Sept. 8, 2008, one week after he fractured the wrist while slamming it against the top of a bat. That caused him to miss the final 26 games of the regular season and the AL Division Series.
"It will be really nice to have [the pin] out of there," Quentin said. "It's something I don't like talking about because of the whole history."
Guillen rejected the theory Dye's second-half skid is tied to the arrival of Rios on Aug. 10. Dye's average sank from .302 at the break to .272 when Rios was awarded to the Sox from Toronto on a waiver claim. He's now at .248.
"I let everybody know [when Rios was acquired] we're not going to take any at-bats away from anyone," Guillen said. "I rotated people. They got almost similar at-bats since we got him. I made it clear.
"The big situation was for Rios because Rios was the one who was going to be in center field, left field and right field. I made that very clear because everybody else is going to get his at-bats and is going to play. [Dye] is just pressuring himself, and I think he just had a very bad second half."
Meanwhile, the Twins' Michael Cuddyer continued his mastery of John Danks (12-10) with a sixth-inning homer. Cuddyer is batting .533 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in 30 career at-bats against Danks.
"Cuddyer owns me," Danks said. "I should just walk him every time he comes up. I'm at a loss for words. He's a heck of a player."
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