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Yo, Yolmer! Sanchez drives in 4 to lead Sox

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CHICAGO -- Yolmer Sanchez has struggled offensively in June. As the White Sox stumbled through the month, compiling a season-worst eight-game losing streak last week, Sanchez found himself in a 10-for-61 stretch since June 6, the last day of his season-high 10-game hitting streak.

But Sanchez appears to be turning a corner with his recent play. He had a couple of hits over the weekend against the A's and provided the key hit in Chicago's 8-4 win over the Twins on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Sanchez ripped a full-count pitch from reliever Taylor Rogers for a bases-loaded single in the sixth, scoring the tying and go-ahead runs.

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CHICAGO -- Yolmer Sanchez has struggled offensively in June. As the White Sox stumbled through the month, compiling a season-worst eight-game losing streak last week, Sanchez found himself in a 10-for-61 stretch since June 6, the last day of his season-high 10-game hitting streak.

But Sanchez appears to be turning a corner with his recent play. He had a couple of hits over the weekend against the A's and provided the key hit in Chicago's 8-4 win over the Twins on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Sanchez ripped a full-count pitch from reliever Taylor Rogers for a bases-loaded single in the sixth, scoring the tying and go-ahead runs.

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"Every day is a new opportunity," Sanchez said of the June woes the White Sox have dealt with. "We forget about the past and we focus to do our best every day and we come here every day to do our best and try to win games."

Sanchez finished 2-for-5 on the night with a career-high-tying four RBIs, and has slugged .524 since the series with the A's began last Friday. He drove in an insurance run in the eighth with another bases-loaded single.

That sixth inning nearly proved a missed opportunity for the White Sox. Matt Davidson and Leury Garcia first reached on consecutive infield singles, and Tim Anderson came up with the bases loaded and nobody out after Kevan Smith singled to left. Anderson walked to force in a run, but Adam Engel struck out looking and Yoan Moncada popped up before Sanchez's heroics.

"That was big," manager Rick Renteria said of the hitting with runners in scoring position. "Timmy has probably had three or four now, bases loaded. He continues to improve. They all did a nice job today. It was a good ballgame."

The rest of the White Sox struggled for much of the night against Minnesota starter Lance Lynn. Chicago scored two runs in the third only after a throwing error from Ehire Adrianza opened the door for a Moncada RBI triple that went unearned against Lynn. Moncada scored on the next pitch when Sanchez grounded out to the left side.

Video: MIN@CWS: Moncada belts an RBI triple to right-center

Reynaldo Lopez, making his first start since his pointed comments about how the White Sox "looked like clowns [out] there, starting with me," pitched fairly well. Lopez gave up two early solo home runs, but his only high-stress inning came in the fifth, when the Twins' first three hitters all reached on singles.

Two scored that inning, but Lopez limited the damage by inducing the Twins' middle-of-the-order hitters -- Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar -- to fly out and strike out, respectively.

"Actually, I don't know how they took it. I hope that they took what I said the right way, because that was my intention," Lopez said of his comments through team interpreter Billy Russo. "For me, I didn't say any lie, right? I said what I said because it was true. Either way, we have shown in the recent games what we're capable of doing on the field, and today was a good game."

"He continues to improve and grind out innings and give us some starts that give us a chance," Renteria said. "He's continuing to show some calm out there. He is maturing. He's continuing to trust and know what he's capable of doing and continues to try to execute."

Avisail Garcia tacked on an insurance run in the seventh inning, hitting his second homer of the year and first since coming off the disabled list Friday. His other home run came on April 3 against the Blue Jays.

Video: MIN@CWS: Garcia drills a solo homer to left-center

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Moncada and Avi collide: In the first inning, Moncada and Garcia both tracked a popup from Rosario into foul territory up the first-base line. Moncada was hit from behind by an oncoming Garcia, who held on to the ball and made the catch. Both players looked shaken up on the play, with Moncada on the ground and Garcia hunched over, but after they were checked by the athletic trainers, they remained in the game.

Video: MIN@CWS: Moncada, Garcia stay in game after collision

"They communicated. [Moncada] just didn't hear him," Renteria said. "I think what happened to Avisail is [that] he got the wind knocked out of him when Moncy ran into him with his back side. They were both fine."

SOUND SMART
Smith tacked on another hit Tuesday night with his sixth-inning single. Smith now has at least one hit in 12 of his 13 games since being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on June 5. He also drew his first walk of the season in the second inning.

HE SAID IT
"I absolutely agree with Ricky. Before, I used to get frustrated for things that happened during the game or if I had a bad outing. Now, I know how to control those emotions, I know how to control the game, and I think that's part of my maturation process. When you mature, you are learning every day and you are executing, you are applying all the knowledge you're gaining. For me, absolutely I feel more mature right now. I know how to handle different situations, and I think that the proof is there, that I've shown what I'm capable of doing, that I've handled those different situations." -- Lopez, through Russo, on Renteria's maturity comments

UP NEXT
The White Sox will continue their series with the Twins on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. CT as James Shields (2-9, 4.59 ERA) looks to rebound from an eight-run outing. Only two of the runs were earned, but Shields' start last Friday vs. the A's was his shortest of the season -- at 4 2/3 frames, it snapped an 11-start streak of pitching at least six innings. The Twins will counter with Kyle Gibson (2-5, 3.25), who last faced Chicago on May 6, giving up three runs in 6 2/3 innings.

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

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