Sale, White Sox shut down Twins again

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale recovered from a shaky first inning to dominateMinnesota and become MLB's first seven-game winner as the Chicago White Sox cruised past the Twins 7-2 on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. (Photo by Patrick Gorski / USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale recovered from a shaky first inning to dominateMinnesota and become MLB's first seven-game winner as the Chicago White Sox cruised past the Twins 7-2 on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Sale (7-0) struck out nine and allowed just three hits through seven innings as he retired 19 of the final 20 batters he faced. Chicago's ace lefty, who threw 120 pitches in this one, is just the fifth White Sox pitcher to win his first seven starts in a season.

Todd Frazier hit his team-leading eighth homer to snap an 0-for-20 slump then doubled in a run in a three-run seventh inning that allowed league-leading Chicago (21-10) to pull away.

Dioner Navarro had three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI as the White Sox used a 13-hit attack to win their fifth straight against Minnesotaand their fifth in seven overall.

Chicago's Austin Jackson, Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu also drove in runs.


Minnesota's Ervin Santana (0-2) labored in his first start since April 19 after coming off the disabled list with a back strain. The right-hander lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while throwing 83 pitches.

League-worst Minnesota (8-22) lost for the eighth time in its last nine games and managed to score only in the first when Sale walked Oswaldo Arcia then hit Jorge Polanco with the bases loaded for force in runs.

Before his injury, Santana made just four starts and had a 3.15 ERA in 20 innings.

Chicago's Matt Albers pitched a scoreless eighth and Zach Duke followed up with a scoreless ninth. The Twins used five relievers, including Brandon Kintzler who was called up from Triple-A on Saturday, to mop up.

The Twins jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning as Sale struggled with control and hit two batters while throwing 36 pitches.

With two out, Miguel Sano singled and Trevor Plouffe bounced a ground-rule double over the fence in left-center. Sale hit Byung Ho Park to load the bases.

Arcia walked to force in the first Minnesota run, then Sale hit Polanco to force in the second.

Park left the game in the bottom of the inning with a bruised right knee and was replaced at first base by Joe Mauer, who originally had the day off.


Chicago cut it to 2-1 in the second when Navarro doubled in Avisail Garcia from first. Frazier's homer to left in the third tied it at 2.

The White Sox loaded the bases with one out in the fourth. After Santana walked Austin Jackson to force in a run and put Chicago ahead 3-2, Kintzler relieved Santana and retired Jose Abreu and Frazier to end the threat.

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