Twins battle back but fall in 10 innings to White Sox
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dioner Navarro delivered a go-ahead double in the top of the 10th inning to propel the Chicago White Sox to a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.Navarro's one-out double to the left-field corner came off Twins r...
MINNEAPOLIS - Dioner Navarro delivered a go-ahead double in the top of the 10th inning to propel the Chicago White Sox to a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
Navarro’s one-out double to the left-field corner came off Twins reliever Fernando Abad. Navarro drove in Avisail Garcia, who led off the inning with a double to right.
Chicago saw its 4-1 lead slip away and fell behind 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth after Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run home run to put the Twins up by one.
But Melky Cabrera’s two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth kept the game alive for the White Sox.
Minnesota threatened to win in walk-off fashion for the second straight night, but second baseman Brian Dozier popped out with the bases loaded to end the ninth in a 5-5 tie.
Chicago designated hitter Justin Morneau drove in two runs against his former team, one with a solo home run, but it proved not to be enough.
Morneau, a former third-round draft pick by the Twins, doubled in Chicago’s first run in the top of the fourth inning. Morneau connected on a pitch by Minnesota starter Tommy Milone for a two-out RBI double to right, scoring Garcia.
Two innings later, Morneau hit his second homer of the season when his blast cleared the wall in right field. Morneau hit 20 home runs at Target Field during his Twins tenure, but Saturday’s was the first as a visitor.
With Saturday’s home run, Morneau has homered against all 30 teams in the majors.
Chicago’s offense gave starter Miguel Gonzalez four runs of support, and the right-hander exited the game with the lead. But the White Sox bullpen couldn’t hold on, as Gonzalez saw his third win of the season slip away after allowing only one earned run in seven innings.
Michael Ynoa earned his first big league victory after holding the Twins without a run in the ninth inning. David Robertson pitched a scoreless 10th inning for Chicago to notch his 25th save of the season.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton put his speed to good use in the bottom of the third inning. Buxton reached first base on an error by first baseman Jose Abreu, and then stole second base. Navarro’s throw to second went into center field, and Buxton continued on and rounded third base. The speedy Buxton eventually scored on the play for the game’s first run after Navarro dropped the ball at home plate.
Morneau helped the White Sox respond in the top of the fourth. Morneau lined a two-out double off the wall in right field to drive in Garcia from second base to tie it at 1-1.
Morneau, who spent his first 11 seasons with Minnesota, made his first appearance as a Target Field visitor in Friday’s game. Saturday marked just his 12th game in a White Sox uniform. He continued to receive a warm ovation in Saturday’s game whenever he came to bat.
Cabrera, who was robbed of extra bases by an impressive Buxton catch in the fourth, got redemption one inning later.
Cabrera lined a two-out, two-strike double into the gap in left-center to score Tim Anderson and Tyler Saladino to put Chicago up 3-1. It was the third straight two-out hit allowed by Milone, and it proved costly.