White Sox push past Twins
CHICAGO — Jose Abreu kept on hitting and the Chicago White Sox overcame a pair of blown leads to beat the Minnesota Twins on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Abreu went 3-for-3, extended his career-high hitting streak to 21 straight games and played a key role in a four-run eighth inning that led to Chicago’s 10-8 win for their second straight victory and sixth in the past eight games.
Including Abreu, seven Chicago hitters had at least two hits in a 17-hit performance as a team. White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs, center fielder Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and designated hitter Paul Konerko went 2-for-5 with an RBI-single that tied it 7-7 in the eighth.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki led the Twins by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and rookie first baseman Kennys Vargas went 1-for-5 with a two-run double, making his major league debut on his 24th birthday.
Right-hander Javy Guerra (1-2) got the final two outs in the top of the eighth to earn his first win with the White Sox and right-hander Jake Petricka pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
Right-hander Casey Fien was charged with the first two runs in the eighth and took the loss for the Twins (48-60), who dropped their third straight game and fell to 4-10 since the All-Star break.
Abreu, the Cuban-born rookie, reached base safely in 10 straight plate appearances. He singled and scored what turned out to be the game-winning run in the eighth after moving the tying run to third with his one-out hit. He also singled and scored in the sixth to make it 6-5, the White Sox’s second lead of the game, and drove in a run in the fourth with a single.
The Twins rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 6-5 and did surprisingly well against Chicago ace left-hander Chris Sale, who didn’t factor into the decision after allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits in six innings.
Left-hander Logan Darnell started and lasted only four innings for the Twins, taking a no-decision.
Chicago struck first by scoring two runs with two outs in the second inning against Darnell, highlighted by right fielder Moises Sierra’s triple that brought home left fielder Alejandro De Aza from first base.
The Twins countered with their big inning during their next trip to the plate, scoring five times off Sale in the third to make it 5-2.
After retiring leadoff hitter Danny Santana, Sale allowed five straight hits and a fielder’s choice to plate the five runs — including back-to-back doubles by catcher Kurt Suzuki and Vargas.
Darnell, however, struggled to hold the lead. Chicago scratched out runs in the third and fourth innings to cut the Twins’ lead to 5-4.
Darnell lasted only four innings, allowing four runs, five hits and four walks.
Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers tied it 5-5 with a two-out solo homer to right field off right-hander Anthony Swarzak in the fifth inning.
r RHP Ricky Nolasco (elbow) and 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) are scheduled to begin minor league rehab assignments next week.