The White Sox lose for the eighth consecutive time in the fall against the Twins


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota rookie Matt Wallner had a career-high three runs and Gio Urshela and Jake Cave each had three hits as the Twins beat Chicago 7-4 on Wednesday night, sending the White Sox to their eighth straight loss .

Jose Miranda added an RBI brace for the Twins, who tied the White Sox for second place in the AL Central at 76-79 after spending the last 19 days in third. Cleveland has blown through both in the past three weeks to clinch the split with 10 days remaining on the schedule.

The Guardians have an 11-game lead over the Twins and White Sox, who have been two of baseball’s most disappointing teams this season.

Twins starter Josh Winder, much like teammate Bailey Ober the night before, took to the mound with a view to building off a strong start last week and bolstering his case to be in the 2023 rotation after an injury-ruined season.

After Ober set career highs with 10 strikeouts and 7 1/3 innings in Tuesday’s 4-0 victory, Winder hasn’t fared as well. The rookie right-hander was out with two out in the fifth inning, with a 5-3 lead, after Jose Abreu’s RBI single. Winder walked six scoreless batters and Caleb Thielbar (4-2) had four relief strikeouts for the win.

Johnny Cueto (7-10) lost his fourth straight start for the White Sox, going 5 2/3 innings with six runs given up. He allowed 10 hits, just like Lance Lynn did on Tuesday.

After an RBI single from Cave put the Twins on the board in the second, Wallner followed with a two-run double from the right-field line that gave them the lead for good.

After hitting a two-run homer on Tuesday, Wallner — a native of Forest Lake, Minn., who was the 39th overall pick in the 2019 draft in southern Mississippi — made a much smoother run at fourth. His roll down the line was picked up by Abreu, but the first baseman balked after considering a home throw in an attempt to slide Urshela. Then it was too late to try to tag Wallner, whose RBI single made it 5-2.

Urshela, Cave and Wallner — fifth, sixth and seventh at bat — went 8-for-10 combined with five runs, four RBIs and two walks.

ALWAYS FOLLOWING

Minnesota’s Luis Arraez went 2 of 5 to close in on the run at .3133. League leader Aaron Judge went 1 for 4 and is at .3134. He hit his 61st homer for the New York Yankees to tie the AL single-season record. Arraez and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts (.3087) are the only ones with a legitimate chance to stop Judge from winning the Triple Crown.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada was out with a bone bruise on his right foot, which he was undergoing X-rays after hitting himself with a foul ball on Tuesday night.

Twins: 2B Jorge Polanco, who has missed the last 30 games due to inflammation in his left knee and whose rehabilitation mission was cut short two weeks ago following further discomfort, will likely be closed for the rest of the season, manager Rocco Baldelli said.

NEXT

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.05 ERA) takes the mound Thursday afternoon. He is winless in his last five rounds.

Twins: RHP Louie Varland (0-2, 5.06 ERA) pitches in the series finale, his fourth career start.


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