Rapid Reaction: Twins 7, White Sox 5
June, 18, 2013
A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 7-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field.
How it happened: The White Sox battled back to tie the Twins at five in the eighth, but Ryan Doumit's double to deep center off White Sox reliever Ramon Troncoso brought home Clete Thomas and Joe Mauer with the winning runs for Minnesota. The Twins struck four times in the first off White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod. Leadoff hitter Thomas reached on an error on Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham and Mauer’s two-run home run brought him home. After Josh Willingham singled and Justin Morneau doubled, Trevor Plouffe's single to center scored both. The Sox got two runs back in the second on Conor Gillaspie's homer. Paul Konerko, who doubled earlier in the inning, scored on the drive. The Sox scored again in the fifth when Beckham singled, Tyler Flowers doubled and Alejandro De Aza brought home Beckham on a fielder’s choice. The Twins tacked on another in the sixth as Pedro Florimon's single to right drove home Brian Dozier. Axelrod exited after the sixth, having allowed five runs on 10 hits. The White Sox scored another in the seventh on a Flowers’ sacrifice fly and tied the Twins in the eighth on Konerko's RBI single, after Alex Rios led off the inning with a walk and stole second.
What it means: The Sox fell farther behind the Twins in the bottom of the AL Central. The Sox are in last place and 2 1/2 games behind fourth-place Minnesota.
Outside the box: The White Sox are an AL-worst 13-25 on the road.
Up next: Chris Sale (5-5, 2.43 ERA) will take the mound for the Sox on Wednesday against the Twins’ Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.97). Game time is 7:10 CT.