White Sox slug their way past Twins
MINNEAPOLIS — It didn’t take the Chicago White Sox long to pour on the offense Friday against the Minnesota Twins.
Three batters into the game, the Sox had a three-run lead, running away from the Twins in an eventual 9-5 win at Target Field.
Minnesota’s decimated bullpen badly needed an extended outing from starter Kevin Correia, but Chicago had different plans, jumping on him for three runs in the first and two runs in each the third and fourth innings, driving the right-hander from the game after four innings.
White Sox starter John Danks was the beneficiary. He entered with a checkered history at Target Field, with a 1-4 career record at the park with a 7.50 ERA in six starts. While he wasn’t great Friday, he was good enough, going seven innings and allowing four runs on six hits, striking out five in winning his ninth game of the year.
Chicago right fielder Dayan Viciedo tied a career high with four hits, including his 20th double of the year. He also scored a run and knocked in another. All nine starters reached base, eight had at least one hit and six had multi-hit games as Chicago posted 17 in all.
The White Sox were ahead 3-0 three batters into the game, when first baseman Jose Abreu cleared the bases with a three-run blast into the bullpen in left-center field, his 30th homer of the season and first since July 12.
The Twins got one back in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by catcher Kurt Suzuki to make it 3-1. But it took only three pitches into the third inning for the Sox to re-establish the three-run lead on a solo homer by shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
An error by Twins third baseman Eduardo Nunez allowed another run to score in the third before the Sox tacked on two more in the fourth on RBI singles by designated hitter Adam Dunn and right fielder Dayan Viciedo.
Correia finished by allowing seven runs — six earned — on 10 hits and two walks.
Notes: The Twins announced that LHP Logan Darnell will start Saturday against Chicago. Scheduled starter Kyle Gibson will have his turn pushed back a second time because of a lower back strain. Darnell has one game of major league experience, a three-inning relief appearance against Cleveland on May 6. ... Gibson is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday. If all goes well, he will start Tuesday against Kansas City. ... Twins 1B Joe Mauer took soft toss in the cages before Friday’s game. There is no timetable for his return from a strained oblique that has kept him on the 15-day disabled list since July 2.