White Sox lose 7-0 to Twins
CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale leads the AL in strikeouts. Yet, the Minnesota Twins have had little trouble hitting against the left-hander.
Sale allowed six runs and nine hits in just three innings as the Chicago White Sox fell to the Twins 7-0 on Sunday. He dropped to 1-4 with a 7.36 ERA in six starts against the Twins this year. He struck out three, raising his AL-leading total to 250.
“There’s no question they’ve been tough on me all year,” Sale said. ”(I’ve got to) just figure it out and try to fight my way through it. Luckily, we are not facing them anymore this year.”
Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer and an RBI single, and Kyle Gibson won for the third time in four starts against Chicago.
Hunter homered in a four-run first for the Twins, who began the day one game behind Texas for the AL’s second wild-card spot. Minnesota improved to 13-6 against Chicago this season with four shutouts.
Gibson (10-10) gave up five hits in 7 2-3 innings, struck out seven and walked one, and Casey Fien and Michael Tonkin followed with hitless relief.
“He had super sink going,” White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers said about Gibson. “He threw enough breaking balls in there for strikes.”
Aaron Hicks singled on Sale’s first pitch and scored on Miguel Sano’s single. Hunter hit his 19th home run.
Minnesota made it 6-0 in the third with four straight singles, getting RBIs from Hunter and Eddie Rosario. Joe Mauer added a run-scoring single in the sixth.
“I don’t know how we hit Sale. I have no idea at all,” Hunter said. “Sale is probably the best lefty in the game, for me. So for us to get runs off him the last three starts, I think that’s a testament to how this team doesn’t give up. They fight.”
Sale (12-9) has allowed 13 runs in 16 1-3 innings in his last three starts.
“Hopefully, my results pick it up a little bit, but in terms of health and feeling good, I feel great,” Sale said. “It’s just not translating.”
Flowers said the White Sox are looking at whether Sale is tipping his pitches to the Twins.
“It kind of feels that way, but I don’t know,” Flowers said. “If it is, then it’s our job to figure it out and fix it.”
END OF THE ROAD?
Hunter is closing out his 17th full season in the majors. White Sox manager Robin Ventura doesn’t see the 40-year-old retiring soon.
“He can play another year,” Ventura said. “He’ll probably play another year. (He) makes everybody better around him.”
The White Sox finished with just five hits to Minnesota’s 15. Chicago has been shut out 11 times this season.
Twins: OF Shane Robinson missed the series to spend time with his wife and infant daughter, who was born with a condition in which the esophagus is not connected normally to the stomach. Twins manager Paul Molitor hoped Robinson would be able to return on Monday.
White Sox: RF Avisail Garcia and C Rob Brantly are day to day. Garcia left Saturday’s game against the Twins after two innings due to back spasms. Brantly has a nagging knee issue, Ventura said.
Twins: Minnesota’s Tyler Duffey (2-1) starts Monday against Detroit and Kyle Lobstein (3-7).
White Sox: Chicago’s John Danks (7-12) is scheduled to start Monday night against Oakland and Sonny Gray (13-7). Danks is 7-3 against Oakland.