The Twins rallied from an early deficit on Monday to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 and extend their lead over the Cleveland Indians to five games in the American League Central. It was the Twins’ 12th win over the South Siders this season.
Starter Jose Berrios got into trouble early, then settled down to strike out eight over seven-plus innings and improve to 13-8. It was his 20th quality start of the season.
Three relievers followed Berrios, including Taylor Rogers, who earned the two-out save (his 27th) on eight pitches.
There were no home runs in this one, just three doubles and seven singles.
Martin Perez gets the ball on Tuesday. The Twins’ magic number to win the division is eight.
-Two 100-loss teams, the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers, met in Motown on Monday and somehow managed to attract 14,000 fans, according to the box score for that game. Nearly 50,000 United Auto Workers also went on strike Monday and I bet a few decided to go to the game.
-The Twins, who were set to face White Sox ace, Lucas Giolito, on Tuesday won’t have to after he suffered a season-ending injury.