It was fun to watch, but it wasn’t textbook as the Chicago White Sox battled tough for a 10-8 win over the Minnesota Twins, 10-8 on Friday night.
Chris Sale didn’t have his usual control, but luckily the White Sox offense was there to bail him out with 10 runs and 17 hits on the night. The pitching of the White Sox allowed 14 hits and eight runs.
The win moves the White Sox to 54-56 on the year, while the Twins fall to 48-60.
One plus about the win for the White Sox was they scored at least one run in all but two of the eight innings they were at the plate, including a four-run eighth to take a 10-7 advantage.
The White Sox also scored two runs in the second, followed with one run from the third through sixth innings.
The game also saw Jose Abreu extend his hitting streak to 21 games, finishing 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Abreu has a hit in nine straight plate appearances.
Here are some tweets about Abreu:
Over past two games, Jose Abreu has gone from: .299/.348/.628 to .308/.363/.638
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 2, 2014
Jose Abreu is locked in. White Sox slugger has reached base safely in 9 straight at-bats and extended his hitting streak to 21 games.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 2, 2014
There's nothing to indicate Abreu's excellence will tail off, barring an unexpected injury
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) August 2, 2014
Flowers hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, while Sierra had a triple. Conor Gillaspie and Ramirez each had a double.
Ramirez and Flowers also had two RBIs.
The one lone negative of the lineup was Gordon Beckham who was the lone starter for the White Sox to not have a hit as he finished 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Now for the pitching of the White Sox, Sale had a no-decision with six innings of work. Sale (10-1) allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and one walk. He struck out seven and saw his ERA move to 2.08. He entered the game with an ERA of 1.88.
The bullpen of the White Sox allowed three earned runs in three innings.