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Twins turn triple play, break away in extra innings to beat White Sox

Byron Buxton put on a show defensively, beginning a crucial triple play to keep the game tied in the seventh inning.

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Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (25) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois, on July 4, 2022.
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CHICAGO — There isn’t much Byron Buxton can’t do on a baseball field. That much was on display on Monday.

He just can’t do it on his own.

The Twins center fielder put on a show defensively, beginning a crucial triple play to keep the game tied in the seventh inning. He also hit a two-run home run, producing all of the Twins’ offense through the first nine innings of the game.

In the 10th, he finally got some much-needed help. Luis Arraez’s third hit of the game gave the Twins a lead, and they tacked on three more runs in the inning to beat the White Sox 6-3 on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The four-run 10th inning came after catcher Ryan Jeffers nabbed a runner trying to steal to end the ninth, and Buxton and a couple relievers did all they could to keep the game tied in the later innings of the game.

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Minnesota Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers (27) breaks his bat as he bats against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois, on July 4, 2022.
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In the seventh inning, White Sox left fielder A.J. Pollock sent a fly ball deep to center. Perhaps another center fielder wouldn’t have tracked down that ball. Perhaps White Sox (38-40) baserunners forgot there was a Gold Glover out there. Whatever the reason, both Adam Engel and Yoán Moncada were out of position when Buxton raced back and gloved the ball at the wall.

Buxton spun around and threw the ball back in toward third baseman Gio Urshela, who tracked down Moncada between second and third base. Urshela then ran toward second and stepped on the bag to retire Engel and complete the rare feat.

It was the first triple play the Twins (46-37) have turned since June 6, 2021, when they did so against the Royals, and it got reliever Griffin Jax and the Twins out of an inning that looked as if it was about to go sideways.

Before the Twins turned the triple play, the White Sox did tie up the game in the inning, using Moncada’s single to bring home José Abreu. That eliminated a lead that who else but Buxton had given the Twins innings earlier when he sent a low Johnny Cueto pitch out to left-center. Buxton has now homered in his past six games against the White Sox. His home run brought home Arraez, who doubled twice as part of his three-hit night.

Starter Dylan Bundy went five innings and gave up one run — a home run in the second to Abreu — in his effort. He was removed after just 58 pitches.

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