The Chicago White Sox have now won two home openers on the road this season as they were able to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Monday. After a stellar start from pitcher Jose Quintana, the White Sox kept the Twins win-less this season in front of 40,368 at Target Field.
Quintana was able to record his first victory of the season after pitching six innings while only giving up one earned run. While Quintana has suffered from lack of run support in his White Sox career, he was able to get it early against the Twins as the team got off to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning against starting pitcher Kyle Gibson. Brett Lawrie started the scoring with a RBI single that scored Todd Frazier.
The White Sox added to their lead in the top of the fourth inning with a two-out two-run single by Austin Jackson with the bases loaded. Jackson just missed hitting a grand slam as the ball missed the left field pole by mere inches. After the past two seasons without much run support from the White Sox offense, Quintana had to be delighted to see a 3-0 lead.
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Through six innings of quality work, Quintana was able to get out of jams with little to no damage. The Twins presented their biggest threat in the bottom of the fourth inning. Quintana waled Miguel Sano to lead off the inning and then gave up a double to Trevor Plouffe to put runners on 2nd and 3rd base with no outs. After a fly-out from designated hitter Byung Ho Park, Eddie Rosario was able to score Sano with a RBI ground-out to Jose Abreu. Quintana retired former White Sox utility infielder Eduardo Escobar with a strikeout.
Quintana threw pitches with five strikeouts and three walks against the Twins. After his departure, the White Sox bullpen locked down the game with three scoreless innings. Zach Duke, Matt Albers, Nate Jones and David Robertson pitched to preserve the White Sox fifth victory in their first seven games. Frazier extended the White Sox lead in the top of the ninth with a RBI double to score Abreu. Robertson closed the door for his third save of the season in the bottom of the inning.
On Deck: White Sox have Tuesday off, but will return to action on Wednesday as Carlos Rodon will make his second start of the season facing the Twins. Minnesota will send Phil Hughes to the mound against the White Sox.