CHICAGO: Gavin Sheets hit a three-run homerun and Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada also scored the homerun as host Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Monday night to save a doubles division.
Limited to two hits in their first six batting times, the White Sox opened the seventh with a single and a walk, with the runners in position to score on a wild pitch from Twins starter Jose Berrios. Sheets, a rookie who made his major league debut on June 29, delivered his fifth career home run moments later.
Mitch Garver hit two solo home runs for the Twins as he played for the first time since June 1 after missing nearly seven weeks with a bruised groin that required surgery. Garver connected against Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez in the second inning and reliever Matt Foster in the fifth for the receiver’s seventh career multi-homer game.
Berrios (7-4) struck out 11 straight batters after running Zack Collins to open the third. Moncada finished the race with a solo homerun that brought the White Sox down to 3-2. Berrios’ initial fault came late in the first, as Abreu punched his club-best 17th home run after Chicago’s first two hitters were struck out.
Berrios allowed five runs on four hits over six innings with one walk and eight strikeouts. Aaron Bummer (2-4) was the winner in relief, striking out one in a scoreless seventh.
Minnesota only needed four shots to make the first inning of the game. Luis Arraez hit a starting single, moved up to third on Lopez’s throwing error on an out attempt and scored on a sacrificial volley from Josh Donaldson to the right.
White Sox manager Tony La Russa rested shortstop and main hitter Tim Anderson in a nightcap. Anderson hit a solo homerun in the third inning of Game 1 to extend his batting streak to his career best 16 games. Anderson has one hit and one run scored in the franchise’s best 12 straight games. – Reuters