MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota rookie Matt Wallner drove in a career-high three runs and Gio Urshela and Jake Cave every had three hits because the Twins beat Chicago 7-4 on Wednesday night time, sending the White Sox to their eighth straight loss.
Jose Miranda added an RBI double for the Twins, who tied the White Sox for second place in the AL Central at 76-79 after spending the final 19 days in third. Cleveland blew by each of them over the past three weeks to clinch the division with 10 days left on the schedule.
The Guardians have an 11-game lead on the Twins and White Sox, who’ve been two of baseball’s most disappointing groups this season.
Twins starter Josh Winder, similar to teammate Bailey Ober an evening earlier, took the mound with an eye fixed towards constructing off a stable begin final week and strengthening his case to be in the 2023 rotation after an injury-ruined season.
After Ober set career highs with 10 strikeouts and seven 1/3 innings in the 4-0 win on Tuesday, Winder did not fare fairly as nicely. The rookie right-hander was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning, with a 5-3 lead, after José Abreu’s RBI single. Winder struck out six batters with no stroll, and Caleb Thielbar (4-2) received 4 outs in reduction for the victory.
Johnny Cueto (7-10) lost his fourth straight begin for the White Sox, lasting 5 2/3 innings with six runs surrendered. He gave up 10 hits, similar to Lance Lynn did Tuesday.
After an RBI single by Cave put the Twins on the board in the second, Wallner adopted with a two-run double down the right-field line that gave them the lead for good.
After hitting a two-run homer on Tuesday, Wallner — a local of Forest Lake, Minnesota, who was the thirty ninth general choose in the 2019 draft out Southern Mississippi — drove in a run in a a lot softer approach in the fourth. His curler up the road was scooped by Abreu, however the first baseman hesitated after contemplating a throw house to strive to get the sliding Urshela. Then it was too late to strive to tag Wallner, whose RBI single made it 5-2.
Urshela, Cave and Wallner — batting fifth, sixth and seventh — went a mixed 8 for 10 with 5 runs, 4 RBIs and two walks.
Minnesota’s Luis Arraez went 2 for 5 to creep nearer in the batting race with a .3133 common. League chief Aaron Judge went 1 for 4 and is at .3134. He hit his 61st house run for the New York Yankees to tie the AL single-season report. Arraez and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts (.3087) are the one ones with a authentic probability to forestall Judge from successful the Triple Crown.
White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada was out with a bone bruise on his proper foot, which he was having X-rays on after hitting himself with a foul ball on Tuesday night time.
Twins: 2B Jorge Polanco, who has missed the final 30 video games with left knee irritation and had a rehab task reduce brief two weeks in the past following additional discomfort, will most likely be shut down for the rest of the season, supervisor Rocco Baldelli mentioned.
White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.05 ERA) takes the mound on Thursday afternoon. He’s winless in his final 5 turns.
Twins: RHP Louie Varland (0-2, 5.06 ERA) pitches in the sequence finale, his fourth career begin.