09/16 23:36 CDT Twins beat White Sox 5-3, open 5-game AL Central lead
Twins beat White Sox 5-3, open 5-game AL Central lead
By TYLER MASON
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --- As the Minnesota Twins move closer to a postseason berth,
Jos Berros' confidence grows.
Berros pitched into the eighth inning to win his second straight start, Mitch
Garver hit a go-ahead double and the Twins rallied to beat the Chicago White
Sox 5-3 Monday night.
"Confidence is real, and every single guy here needs it to succeed to be their
best self and their best version of them on the field," Twins manager Rocco
Baldelli said. "Jos certainly had it."
Seeking their first AL Central title since 2010, the Twins opened a five-game
lead over second-place Cleveland. At 92-58 with 12 games left, Minnesota is
assured of its best record since finishing 94-68 in 2010.
Given an extra day of rest between starts, Berros (13-8) allowed two runs and
five hits in 7 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. He was rewarded
with a standing ovation when he was removed.
"Every outing I'm feeling better and better," Berros said through a
translator. "My arm was feeling great today."
Berros' 188 1/3 innings are four shy of his career high, set last year. The
two-time All-Star has changed his postgame routine in order to stay fresher
He pitched into the eighth inning for just the fifth time this season.
Tyler Duffey finished the eighth, and Sergio Romo allowed Eloy Jimnez's homer
leading off the ninth before getting an out. Taylor Rogers needed just eight
pitches to finish a six-hitter for his 27th save in 33 chances.
Following a weekend series against the Indians, Minnesota started a final
stretch against teams with losing records: the White Sox, Kansas City and
White Sox starter Reynaldo Lpez gave up five runs and nine hits in 5 1/3
"I was feeling good today," Lpez said through a translator. "I missed quite a
bit with first-pitch strikes, and that got me into some trouble."
Jos Abreu's sacrifice fly in the first and James McCann's homer in the second
gave Chicago a 2-0 lead, but the Twins tied the score in the bottom half on
Jorge Polanco's sacrifice fly and Nelson Cruz's RBI single.
After Garver put the Twins ahead for good, Luis Arraez hit a cue shot off the
end of his bat that curved past third baseman Yon Moncada for a two-run single
in the sixth. Moncada appeared to be in position to make a play before the ball
spun to his left and into the outfield.
"When he hit that ball, I don't think anybody realized it was going to do that,
us included," Baldelli said. "It was just a very unusual ball off the bat."
Twins: 1B Marwin Gonzalez went 1 for 4 in his return from an abdominal injury
that had sidelined him since Aug. 27. ... INF Ehire Adrianza, who strained his
right oblique on Thursday, hopes to start taking swings this weekend and
remains optimistic he may play again during the regular season is over. ... RF
Max Kepler was out of the lineup for the second straight game with left
shoulder soreness. ... 1B C.J. Cron might need some time off to rest his
injured right thumb, according to Baldelli.
White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday
because of a mild lat strain and will miss the rest of the season. LHP Ross
Detwiler (2-5) will start against LHP Martin Prez (10-7). A first-time
All-Star, Giolito finished 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA. "He created a great foundation
for himself going forward to be a very important part of a good team going
forward," Chicago general manager Rick Hahn said.
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