Davidson's HR lifts White Sox past Twins
MINNEAPOLIS--Matt Davidson hit an opposite-field home run in the seventh inning and rookie Dylan Covey was steady in his major league debut for the Chicago White Sox in a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
MINNEAPOLIS-Matt Davidson hit an opposite-field home run in the seventh inning and rookie Dylan Covey was steady in his major league debut for the Chicago White Sox in a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Covey, a 25-year-old right-hander, held the Twins to one run through 5 1/3 innings and left-hander Dan Jennings (1-0) came in to get the victory in relief as the White Sox won their third straight game.
David Robertson picked up his second save in as many chances.
Davidson homered for the second straight game. His third home run in seven games came against Twins reliever Ryan Pressly (0-1).
Avisail Garcia had two hits for Chicago for his second straight multi-hit game and fifth of the season.
Covey debuted in a meeting of young pitchers as Minnesota's Adalberto Mejia was making his third career appearance and second start.
The game was delayed for 35 minutes at the start because of rain.
Mejia was in control early and Minnesota took the lead in the bottom of the second inning as Jason Castro's groundout scored Max Kepler, who doubled and reached third on a passed ball.
Chicago answered in its next at-bat as Jose Abreu's fielder's choice scored Leury Garcia.
Covey, a Rule 5 pickup from Oakland in the offseason, went 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run and five hits. He walked three batters.
Mejia improved upon his shaky first start by pitching five innings with four hits allowed and three walks. He struck out four after lasting just 1 2/3 innings in a start at Chicago last week.
NOTES: The game marked the first time in major league history in which a team started all three outfielders with the last name. Chicago's Willy Garcia was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte before the game and made his major league debut in left field, joining Leury Garcia in center field and Avisail Garcia in right field for the White Sox. ... Willy Garcia was called up with OF Melky Cabrera going on the paternity list. ... Minnesota 2B Brian Dozier stole his fifth base of the season. Dozier had 18 all of last season and didn't reach five until June 15. ... Todd Frazier returned to Chicago's lineup at DH after missing two games with flu-like symptoms. ... TheTwins will have RHP Ervin Santana (2-0, 0.69 ERA) on the mound for Saturday afternoon's game against White Sox LHP Jose Quintana (0-2, 6.17 ERA).