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White Sox miss opportunities to win in extras

Giolito turns in stellar outing; offense held to one run despite recording 10 hits
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CHICAGO -- Lucas Giolito pitched well Thursday afternoon, perhaps twirling his best outing of the season. Giolito gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings, the first time all season he's allowed less than two runs, and took a no-hit bid into the sixth.

But the White Sox fell to the Twins in 13 innings, 2-1, at Guaranteed Rate Field despite rallying to tie the game in the ninth. Hector Santiago walked in a run in the top of the 13th as Chicago was unable to clinch its first three-game sweep of the season and accrue its first win streak of four games.

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CHICAGO -- Lucas Giolito pitched well Thursday afternoon, perhaps twirling his best outing of the season. Giolito gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings, the first time all season he's allowed less than two runs, and took a no-hit bid into the sixth.

But the White Sox fell to the Twins in 13 innings, 2-1, at Guaranteed Rate Field despite rallying to tie the game in the ninth. Hector Santiago walked in a run in the top of the 13th as Chicago was unable to clinch its first three-game sweep of the season and accrue its first win streak of four games.

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Video: MIN@CWS: Kepler walks to allow go-ahead run to score

"When I went into the clubhouse, I said, 'Hey, well fought.' They didn't quit," manager Rick Renteria said. "We just didn't get that timely hit when we needed it. They did a lot of good things today. The other club ended up coming out on top."

The White Sox had a chance to walk off in regulation, as Minnesota closer Fernando Rodney walked home the tying run after retiring the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth. Yolmer Sanchez got it started with a two-out single, then Rodney hit Tim Anderson, walked Charlie Tilson and walked pinch-hitter Daniel Palka to tie it. But then Yoan Moncada struck out looking with the bases loaded to send it to the 10th.

Video: MIN@CWS: Palka draws game tying bases-loaded walk

In extras, Chicago got men on base in every inning, including two on in the 12th, but couldn't bring home the winning run.

Sanchez tripped on first base trying to beat out a grounder in the 13th, and he was checked out by trainers. The White Sox said after the game that he is day to day with a left quad contusion.

Video: MIN@CWS: Sanchez leaves game hobbled in the 13th

Giolito's outing got off to an inauspicious start. The young right-hander walked the bases loaded in the first inning, forcing Kevan Smith and pitching coach Don Cooper to expend a mound visit in the game's opening minutes.

"[Smith] could see I was kind of pulling off balls and I wasn't driving it through him," Giolito said of the first inning. "That's one of my key things, drive the ball through the catcher. He reminded me of that, and I was able to pick the intensity up there and get out of the inning."

Following that visit, Giolito proceeded to retire the next 14 hitters. The Twins' first hit came off Eddie Rosario's bat with one out in the sixth -- a line-drive double just out of Jose Abreu's reach.

Giolito's lone mistake occured when he tried to sneak a two-seam fastball past Logan Morrison in a full count in the seventh, but it tailed over the middle of the plate and Morrison crushed it an estimated 440 feet into the right-field stands, according to Statcast™.

"I'm starting to throw the ball a lot better, I feel like it's coming better out of my hand," Giolito said. "Just take some good lessons from today. In the seventh inning, I kind of let some pitches get away from me there. I wasn't executing like I was earlier in the game.

"[I'll] learn from that, and in the next one, make sure I have that same intent with every pitch, no matter how deep in the game I am."

Much of Giolito's success in his Major League career has come with Smith behind the plate. In 10 MLB starts as a battery, Giolito has a 2.90 ERA in 62 innings and a .197 batting average against.

Video: MIN@CWS: Smith swipes his 1st career bag in the 13th

While Renteria said he wasn't fond of naming Smith Giolito's "personal catcher," he and Giolito said the two have developed a good relationship.

"We just have a really good feel for each other. We started developing a friendship, and kind of that camaraderie in my first Spring Training. I threw to him a lot," Giolito said. "He knows my stuff well, and he has a good eye for when I get out of sync, and he's able to come and give me a tip here and there to get me back on track."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Unlucky 14: Smith came up with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth, looking to put the White Sox on the board. He fought tooth and nail against Jake Odorizzi, fouling off seven straight pitches at one point. However, Smith eventually lifted a fly ball on the 14th pitch of the at-bat to right field, where it was caught for an easy out.

Video: MIN@CWS: Odorizzi retires Smith after 14-pitch at-bat

SOUND SMART
Anderson put together another multihit game despite being ejected. Anderson now owns a seven-game hitting streak, batting .444 (12-for-27) in that span. He's also had six multihit performances in his last 13 contests.

HE SAID IT
"Sometimes you're going to make sure that those guys are aware of the guys they're facing, and they are. But if I see a guy like [Eduardo Escobar], he's been getting us pretty regularly over the course of the season this year. Even though he hasn't been swinging the bat, he got drilled, he's a little sore, his swings are starting to get a little better now as the series is progressing. I just didn't want him to be the guy that beat us, and we went over to the next guy." -- Renteria, on issuing two intentional walks on 0-1 and 1-1 counts

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Anderson attempted to steal second in the 11th inning, but he was called out on the field. There was some confusion as to whether second-base umpire and crew chief Gerry Davis had originally called him safe, but the umpires went to the review and confirmed the out call. Anderson then slammed his helmet on the ground and was tossed from the game. With backup catcher Omar Narvaez the only remaining player on the bench, the White Sox were forced to move Matt Davidson to third and give up their DH, and Sanchez slid over to shortstop.

Video: MIN@CWS: Twins turn strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out DP

"I kind of said some bad words," Anderson said. "I got thrown out twice in less than five minutes. But things happened. I was frustrated. We play tomorrow."

"They were lenient enough to allow me to come back out after a replay, because they could've tossed me," Renteria said. "You're not supposed to debate the calls, and they worked with both managers today and had communication. … I've got to give them some respect for allowing me to have a conversation with them."

UP NEXT
The White Sox begin a 10-game road trip at Globe Life Park on Friday at 7:05 p.m. CT. Chicago will head to Cincinnati and then Houston following the series in Arlington. Dylan Covey (3-2, 3.45 ERA) has been cleared to take the hill after exiting his last start early with hip and groin soreness. It will be Covey's first start vs. the Rangers after making two relief outings against them in 2017. Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 12.08) opposes Covey on the mound.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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