CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Abreu reached base five times while extending his hitting streak to 21 games, and the Chicago White Sox scored four runs in the eighth inning to beat the Minnesota Twins 10-8 on Friday night.
Abreu had three singles, scored twice and drove in a run. He also walked and was hit by a pitch.
Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez delivered consecutive RBI singles in the eighth to give Chicago an 8-7 lead. Tyler Flowers added a run-scoring single in the inning after hitting a solo homer earlier in the game. Alejandro De Aza capped the decisive rally with another RBI single, and the White Sox overcame a shaky start by Chris Sale to win for the sixth time in eight games.
The Twins loaded the bases against Jake Petricka with no outs in the ninth on infield singles by Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe and a base hit to center by Josh Willingham.
Kurt Suzuki drove in a run with a fielder’s choice grounder. But Petricka struck out Kennys Vargas and Oswaldo Arcia for his seventh save in eight chances, ending a game that lasted 3 hours, 47 minutes.
The teams combined for 31 hits – 17 for Chicago – and spent most of the game trading leads.
The Twins went up 7-6 in the top half of the eighth on a solo homer by Chris Parmelee off Eric Surkamp, only to have the White Sox answer in a big way in the bottom half.
Adam Eaton singled leading off against Casey Fien (5-5) and moved to third with one out on Abreu’s third single. Konerko tied it with a base hit to left, and Ramirez lined a single to right to give Chicago an 8-7 lead.
That made a winner of Javy Guerra (1-2), who retired the final two batters in the eighth.
Sale struggled this time after pitching eight scoreless innings in a win at Minnesota last Saturday.
He gave up a season-high tying five runs and eight hits over six innings in this one.
Minnesota’s Logan Darnell lasted just four innings in his second major league start, allowing four runs and five hits in five innings. He walked four after getting roughed up by the White Sox last Saturday.
The White Sox send Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.29) to the mound with Yohan Pino (1-3, 4.38) pitching for Minnesota.
Carroll held the Twins to one run over six innings Sunday before leaving with a blister on his middle finger and did not figure in the decision. He is 2-1 in his past four starts. Pino, who debuted against Chicago in June, will be making his third start against the White Sox and eighth overall.
Twins: First baseman Joe Mauer (strained right oblique) and starter Ricky Nolasco (sore right elbow) are scheduled to begin minor league rehab stints next week. Assistant general manager Rob Antony said Friday both players will head to Class A Cedar Rapids and could be ready to return to the majors the following week.
White Sox: Pitching coach Don Cooper rejoined the team after missing 11 games because of vertigo. General manager Rick Hahn had some burn marks on the right side of his face stemming from an accident with a new fire pit at his house on Monday night. “I turn on the gas, stick the little lighter in and it goes up in a cloud and gets my whole side of my face,” he said. Hahn, in jest, referred to himself as “Smokey the GM.”