MINNEAPOLIS -- After a record-breaking rain delay, a five-run first inning from the White Sox was more than enough to back a strong start by left-hander Jose Quintana in a 9-0 win over the Twins on Thursday at Target Field.The 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay was the longest in Twins history,
MINNEAPOLIS -- After a record-breaking rain delay, a five-run first inning from the White Sox was more than enough to back a strong start by left-hander Jose Quintana in a 9-0 win over the Twins on Thursday at Target Field.
The 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay was the longest in Twins history, and nearly two hours longer than the next longest delay (three hours) at Target Field. Chicago won for the first time in its last five games against Minnesota, which was shut out for the first time since Sept. 16, 2016.
"Both clubs had to deal with the same thing, the uncertainty of a start time," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "You can't control the weather. It is what it is. Fortunately for us, it was a good bounceback win for us."
Quintana tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and not allowing any baserunners past first base. The lefty had nine strikeouts, with no walks. He has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last four outings.
• With support, Quintana delivers strong outing
Jose Abreu, Todd Frazier and Matt Davidson all homered for Chicago's third three-homer game in the last five contests. The two blasts by Abreu and Frazier highlighted a five-run opening frame, which was capped by Adam Engel -- who had a career-high four hits -- notching his first career RBI with a single. Davidson, who was a triple shy of the cycle, hit a solo shot in the fifth. According to Statcast™, his blast traveled an estimated 427 feet, with an exit velocity of 105 mph.
Twins starter Nik Turley couldn't escape the first inning, taking the loss after recording just two outs. The left-hander allowed five runs on six hits. Turley's ERA through his first three starts (16.39) is the highest mark of any Minnesota pitcher in franchise history with at least three starts.
"Today, [my changeup] was basically like a [batting practice] fastball," said Turley, who was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after the game. "My curveball is my best pitch, and I should have gone to it more, and I regret not going to it. But most of all, I went two-thirds of an inning. I wish I could go back out there right now. I would if I could."
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Worth the wait: The White Sox wasted no time after the delay, scoring five runs in the first and collecting three extra-base hits. Abreu and Frazier each hit two-run homers, with a double by Avisail Garcia in between. All three hits came off Turley, and each had an exit velocity of at least 99 mph, according to Statcast™. Abreu's homer came off the bat at 110.5 mph. All 13 of his blasts this year have come on the road, the longest stretch in club history to start a season. For Frazier, it marked his fourth hit (second homer) over his previous 31 at-bats.
"We came out banging," Frazier said. "We took it to them in that first inning. That was huge. It kind of gave relief to our starting pitcher."
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Twins used a challenge to record their first out. White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera rolled a chopper to first baseman Joe Mauer, who turned and attempted to throw Tim Anderson out at second base. Initially, the runner was ruled safe, as Minnesota second baseman James Dozier received the relay from Mauer at second. After a review that lasted 1 minute, 2 seconds, the call was overturned.
White Sox: Chicago returns home for a 10-game homestand, beginning Friday against Oakland at 7:10 p.m. CT. Mike Pelfrey (3-5, 3.56 ERA) will start the series opener for the White Sox. The right-hander won his last start by allowing just one run over six innings against Toronto.
Twins: Minnesota will begin an 11-game road trip with a three-game set against Cleveland on Friday at 6:10 p.m. CT. Left-hander Adalberto Mejia (1-3, 5.53) is slated to start for the Twins in the series opener. He took a loss against the Tribe last time out, allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings.
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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Twins on Thursday.
Tyler Mason is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the White Sox on Thursday.