Twins plaster White Sox
CHICAGO — The Minnesota Twins exploded for 12 runs in the final two innings and finished with 23 hits in a 16-3 rout of the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon.
For the series, the Twins piled up 49 hits and 32 runs, with 22 of the runs in nine innings against White Sox relievers.
Center fielder Danny Santana led all hitters with four RBIs and a career-
high five hits. Arcia went 3-for-6 with a home run and three RBIs, while Fryer added three hits and two RBIs.
Twins starter Kyle Gibson (10-8) allowed three runs in the fourth inning to Chicago took a 3-1 lead, but Minnesota stormed back. Gibson didn’t give up another run in his seven-inning outing, and the Twins backed him with a nine-run eighth to win the three-game series.
Minnesota (50-60) batted around in the eighth, sending 14 hitters to the plate, and scored nine runs on nine hits against Chicago’s struggling bullpen.
Twins first baseman Chris Parmelee, right fielder Oswaldo Arcia and catcher Eric Fryer hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the ninth, capping the Twins’ 23-hit game.
Outfielder Dayan Viciedo launched his 13th homer of the season to lead the White Sox (54-58).
Javy Guerra (1-3) and Taylor Thompson each allowed three runs in a one-inning relief appearance. Ronald Belisario allowed four in relief of Thompson in the eighth, without getting an out, and left-hander Eric Surkamp mopped up that frame by allowing two runs on four hits.
Anthony Rienzo served up the three homers in the ninth.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana didn’t factor into the decision. He went five innings, allowing one unearned run, but he was challenged by the Twins and rain storms that caused two delays in the first two innings.
Following the first delay, which lasted 40 minutes and started nine minutes after the game’s first pitch, Quintana allowed a run by hitting rookie designated hitter Kennys Vargas with the bases loaded to make it 1-0.
Quintana, who threw 116 pitches, left in line to even his record at 7-7. Instead, Chicago’s bullpen erased that possibility quickly.
The Twins scored three times in the sixth on four hits and then had the monster eighth. Santana’s two-run double keyed the fourth and he added two more hits in the eighth.
NOTES: White Sox manager Robin Ventura gave struggling 1B/DH Adam Dunn a day off Sunday in the series finale. Veteran 1B/DH Paul Konerko played first and rookie 1B Jose Abreu was the designated hitter. 3B Conor Gillaspie hit cleanup behind Abreu. “I like Jose just getting up as many times as he can,” Ventura said. “He’s in a pretty good spot batting third. I don’t want to mess with him. Conor is not the normal looking cleanup guy, but for this lineup today he’s the right guy to put in there.” ... Twins manager Ron Gardenhire started RF Oswaldo Arcia despite LHP Jose Quintana starting for Chicago, and Arcia finished 3-for-6. Arcia toted a .155 average against lefties into the game. “He’s going to have to hit them,” Gardenhire said. “Arcia has got to play. If he’s sitting every time they have a lefty out there, that’s not going to help him.”