05/24 22:53 CDT Rosario, homer-happy Twins romp past White Sox 11-4
Rosario, homer-happy Twins romp past White Sox 11-4
By DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --- Eddie Rosario went 4 for 5 with three RBIs and one of
Minnesota's three home runs in another power-packed romp by the major
league-leading Twins, who beat the Chicago White Sox 11-4 on Friday night for
their ninth win in their last 10 games.
Max Kepler was 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a homer and Miguel San also went
deep for the Twins (34-16), who reached double-digit runs for the fourth time
in their last eight games and became only the second team in baseball history
to hit the 100-homer mark in just 50 games. They have the most runs (300) in
Jose Berrios (7-2) was the latest beneficiary of the big swings, after falling
behind 4-1. Rosario tied the game in the third with his 15th homer. Two batters
later, San swatted a 2-2 changeup from Reynaldo Lpez (3-5) into the seats for
his fifth long ball in seven games this season since coming off the injured
Tim Anderson went 3 for 3 and Yonder Alonso drove in two runs for the White Sox.
The Twins arrived home from a seven-game West Coast road swing extended by one
day due to a rare California rainout in good spirits and in even better shape
in the standings, winning three out of four in Seattle against the Mariners
before sweeping the Los Angeles Angels. After outscoring their opponents 67-27
during the trip, the Twins built an eight-game lead in the American League
Central over three-time defending division champion Cleveland. The Indians won
Friday to keep pace.
If there was a nit to pick, that was in the second when shortstop Jorge Polanco
sidearmed a throw to first base after fielding a routine grounder by Eloy
Jimenez and watched it sail over C.J. Cron's head for an error. That triggered
a four-run inning against Berrios, though three of them were unearned.
The last three starts by Berrios have been his worst three of 11 turns, with 29
hits and 13 runs allowed over 17 innings.
Seattle, with 600 home run club members Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez in
the lineup in 1999, was the only team in history to reach triple-digit homers
in 50 games, with 102, until the Twins joined them. The major league season
record was set by the New York Yankees last year with 267.
Lucas Giolito's four-hit shutout that beat powerhouse Houston on Thursday, his
first career complete game, didn't create any momentum for Lpez. The
right-hander failed to finish the fourth inning, allowing eight runs for the
second time this season and pushing his ERA to 6.03. Lpez allowed only two
earned runs over his last two turns, but Giolito has been a tough solo act to
follow. Even factoring in his 6-1 record and 2.77 ERA, White Sox starters
entered the game with the second-worst ERA and the second-most walks in the
White Sox: Catcher Welington Castillo took a foul ball off the top of his mask
in the eighth inning and was removed from the game.
Twins: DH Nelson Cruz was eligible for reinstatement from the injured list, but
the Twins opted for caution with his strained left wrist.
White Sox: LHP Manny Banuelos (2-3, 7.26 ERA) was slated to come off the
injured list and start on Saturday afternoon after the minimum 10-day stay. He
was shelved with a strained left shoulder.
Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (4-2, 4.47) will take the mound in the middle game of
the series. He's 7-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 92 innings over 14
career starts against the White Sox.
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