Chicago White Sox win hit-fest over Twins, 10-8
Aug 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first basemanJose Abreu
(79) reacts after hitting a single in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at U.S Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox won 10-8. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
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.
Aug 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox catcherTyler Flowers
(21) is congratulated by third base coachJoe McEwing
(47) after hiting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
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.
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In total, seven other White Sox players had multi-hits in the game, with Adam Eaton, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, Tyler Flowers, Alejandro De Aza and Moises Sierra each having two hits.
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.
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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.
Gaining the win for the White Sox was Javy Guerra (1-2) and the save went to Jake Petricka, his seventh save of the season. The loss went to Minnesota’s Casey Fien (5-5).