CHICAGO -- Left-hander Derek Holland turned in six strong innings and was backed by a homer from Yolmer Sanchez to lift the White Sox to a 5-1 win over the Twins on Thursday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.It gave the White Sox the series victory in a rare five-game set
CHICAGO -- Left-hander Derek Holland turned in six strong innings and was backed by a homer from Yolmer Sanchez to lift the White Sox to a 5-1 win over the Twins on Thursday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
It gave the White Sox the series victory in a rare five-game set after a doubleheader on Monday, and dropped the Twins to 5 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the American League Central. The Twins still hold a half-game lead over the Angels, Mariners and Royals for the second AL Wild Card spot.
"It's disappointing to have a chance to win the series and then lose the last couple games," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "Just not enough offense the last couple nights. They outplayed us. We made mistakes and they took advantage. We just couldn't get back into the game."
"It would be foolish for me to say it doesn't mean anything," said White Sox manager Rick Renteria of the series win. "It's good for us as an organization, as a club, to come in and play the Twins and take three out of five. It was good to play the way we played."
Twins right-hander Jose Berrios struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings, but was charged with five runs (three earned) to get pegged with the loss. He gave up the homer to Sanchez in the second, endured a three-run fourth that saw the Twins commit two errors, and allowed an RBI double to Kevan Smith in the sixth that knocked him from the game.
It helped Holland pick up his first win since Aug. 8, with one run allowed on three hits and four walks with five strikeouts. Holland, whose nickname is "Dutch" for Players Weekend, surrendered the lone run on a solo shot from Byron Buxton in the sixth. It was the 10th home run of the year for Buxton, who will wear "Buck" on his jersey this weekend.
Holland earned his first win against the Twins since July 25, 2011, at Target Field, snapping a four-game losing streak to them, and improved to 2-4 with an 8.27 ERA over seven starts since the All-Star break.
"Definitely today was a great day," Holland said. "The only disappointment would be the walks. But to go as long as I did, and my guys were making plays out there, that's huge."
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Errors prove costly: After Yoan Moncada recorded his first career stolen base, rookie first baseman Mitch Garver booted a grounder from Nicky Delmonico that allowed Moncada to score from second. After an RBI groundout from Tim Anderson, Berrios tried to pick off Smith at third, but it got past Ehire Adrianza, allowing the inning's third run to score.
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"It was a ball to my right that was weakly hit, might've been a broken bat, and [second baseman James Dozier] was playing more up the middle so I had to try to get to it to make a play on the ball," Garver said of his error. "It hit off the heel of my glove and I ended up slipping."
Sanchez smacks homer: Sanchez hit his second homer of the series, opening the scoring for the White Sox. It was the seventh homer of the year for Sanchez and left the bat at 102.2 mph, traveling a projected 405 feet, per Statcast™.
"It was supposed to be a sinker inside, and I left it over the plate," Berrios said through interpreter Carlos Font. "That was the only hit they got that was a good hit."
"I was frustrated. It's just something finally clicking together. It's always something with [White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper] saying, 'You're not off by much. You just got to keep fighting through it,' which I did. Coop and I did a great job of continuing to work every single time out there in the bullpen." -- Holland, on his first quality start since Aug. 2 against Toronto
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Delmonico has reached base in 21 of 22 games played this season, including eight straight. He is hitting .307 with two doubles, six home runs, 15 walks and 12 RBIs in 2017.
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