Mauer, Gibson lead Twins to 8-3 win over White Sox

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) If Joe Mauer is ready to retire, he's going out on a high note.

Mauer reached base three times and Kyle Gibson capped a season of improvement with six quality innings in the Minnesota Twins' 8-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.

A free agent after the season, Mauer has said he'll contemplate retirement after 15 years in Minnesota. But the former MVP and seven-time All-Star is showing he can still swing the bat with a strong September.

He had two hits and scored twice Saturday. Mauer, who entered the day with a major league-leading .410 average with runners in scoring position, drove in a run with a single as part of a six-run second inning. He is hitting .365 with eight RBIs in his last 16 games.

''It doesn't surprise me,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''We're all pulling for him to have a good finish to this year. He's putting together a nice homestand. I think he's really relishing just the response and the fans. You soak it in, even if you're contemplating what lies ahead, just to kind of pause and take pictures of each day you're playing the game.''

Jorge Polanco added three hits and Jake Cave drove in three runs for Minnesota, which tied a season high with its fifth straight win.

Gibson (10-13) allowed one run on three hits and three walks to lower his ERA to 3.62. He had a 5.07 ERA each of the past two seasons, but continued the growth he showed at the end of last season after returning from the minors.

''Overall, it was just the mentality I was able to keep,'' Gibson said. ''Kind of the beauty of having your priorities straight and having a good, confident mentality is one start, whether it's good or bad, isn't going to take you too high or too low.''

Chicago starter Carlos Rodon (6-8) was knocked out six batters into the second inning without retiring an out. He surrendered eight runs on six hits and four walks in his 21st start of the season after returning from shoulder surgery.

''You know, I had some clarity coming back this year and pitching,'' Rodon said. ''Ate some innings and had some fun even though this last month hasn't gone the way I'd like, but it was good. It was good to be back.''

Rodon gave up 14 runs in 3 1/3 innings in his final two starts.

''It wasn't the way I'm sure he wanted it to finish and we didn't either, but he's given us a nice recovered season,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''He's made progress. He's going to go into the end here healthy and being able to concentrate on getting himself ready for the coming season.''

Chicago lost for the 10th time in 13 games and is 62-99. A loss Sunday would be the White Sox's first 100-loss season since losing 106 games in 1970.

AN UNWANTED RECORD

Chicago struck out nine times to set a major league record for a team in a season. White Sox batters have struck out 1,579 times, breaking the mark of 1,571 set by the Milwaukee Brewers last season.

Second baseman Yoan Moncado struck out for the 216th time, the highest total in the majors this season and the fourth-most in a single season in history.

Moncado is three strikeouts behind Chris Davis, who had 219 in 2016. The record is held by Mark Reynolds, who struck out 223 times in 2009.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: C Omar Narvaez left the game in the third inning with low back stiffness. He was replaced by Kevan Smith. . SS Tim Anderson left the game in the fourth inning. Renteria said he's been dealing with knee soreness and the cold weather caused the knee to stiffen. Renteria said he'll see how Anderson feels before Sunday's game to know whether he'll play in the finale. Jose Rondon took Anderson's place and twisted his ankle on a play at first base in the ninth but stayed in the game.

Twins: Mitch Garver was out of the lineup a day after getting four hits and six RBIs because Molitor wanted to go with Tyler Austin and Mauer at first base and designated hitter, respectively. Garver recently returned from a concussion and won't be used as a catcher again this season.

UP NEXT

Minnesota will end the season with rookie right-hander Zack Littell (0-2, 6.61 ERA) starting Sunday, with Chicago going with right-hander Dylan Covey (5-13, 5.06). It will be Littell's eighth major league appearance and second start. His previous start was against the White Sox in his debut on June 5 when he gave up six runs in three innings. Covey is 0-6 with a 6.08 ERA over his last eight starts but has 12 scoreless innings over his past two starts.

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  • W: K. Gibson (10-13)L: C. Rodon (6-8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B50200011.234.312.398.7103.5
Y. Sanchez 3B50000014.243.307.374.681-0.5
D. Palka LF31100121.237.292.482.7742.0
A. Garcia RF30000112.236.281.440.7210.5
O. Narvaez C10110000.275.366.429.7942.0
K. Smith C21100110.292.348.380.7282.5
M. Davidson DH40100013.230.321.422.7430.5
N. Delmonico 1B41000012.214.296.375.6710.5
T. Anderson SS10000000.240.281.406.6870.0
J. Rondon SS30000001.230.280.470.7500.0
R. Cordell CF30110010.091.111.182.2931.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer DH42210103.282.351.378.7296.0
    J. Polanco SS52310001.291.347.431.7786.0
    W. Astudillo 3B51210003.356.372.522.8955.0
    R. Grossman RF31000233.275.368.387.7551.5
    T. Austin 1B40010115.230.287.480.7671.5
    J. Cave CF40130002.269.317.473.7905.0
    L. Forsythe 2B30100124.231.312.291.6031.0
    G. Petit PR-2B00000000.246.313.279.5920.0
    J. Field LF41210012.222.254.403.6574.5
    C. Gimenez C11000212.211.288.333.6213.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Moncada 2 (31)
      • SF - R. Cordell (2)
      • RBI - O. Narvaez (30), R. Cordell (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - O. Narvaez (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez 3 (3), A. Garcia 2 (2), M. Davidson 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Astudillo (4), J. Cave (17), J. Field (13)
      • SF - J. Cave (3)
      • RBI - J. Mauer (48), J. Polanco (42), W. Astudillo (21), T. Austin (47), J. Cave 3 (44), J. Field (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Cave 2 (17), J. Field (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Mauer 2 (2), R. Grossman, J. Cave 2 (2), L. Forsythe 2 (2), J. Field, C. Gimenez 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Sanchez-Rondon-Delmonico)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Belisle
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Rodon (L, 6-8)1.06884204.181.26-19.0
      J. Gomez3.03001404.681.567.0
      A. Bummer2.00001104.261.585.5
      T. Vieira2.02001107.131.703.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Rodon (L, 6-8)1.0
      J. Gomez3.0
      A. Bummer2.0
      T. Vieira2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (W, 10-13)6.03113703.621.3024.5
      T. Hildenberger1.00000105.181.343.5
      G. Moya1.01000104.711.322.5
      M. Belisle1.03200007.861.720.0
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (W, 10-13)6.0
      T. Hildenberger1.0
      G. Moya1.0
      M. Belisle1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Vieira (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 66-34, J. Gomez 56-37, A. Bummer 24-14, T. Vieira 40-25
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gomez 1-4, A. Bummer 3-1, T. Vieira 2-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 13, J. Gomez 13, A. Bummer 6, T. Vieira 10
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Gibson (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 99-59, T. Hildenberger 14-8, G. Moya 13-10, M. Belisle 20-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 6-5, T. Hildenberger 1-1, G. Moya 1-1, M. Belisle 3-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 24, T. Hildenberger 3, G. Moya 4, M. Belisle 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Y. Moncada 2B50200011.234.312.398.7103.5
      Y. Sanchez 3B50000014.243.307.374.681-0.5
      D. Palka LF31100121.237.292.482.7742.0
      A. Garcia RF30000112.236.281.440.7210.5
      O. Narvaez C10110000.275.366.429.7942.0
      K. Smith C21100110.292.348.380.7282.5
      M. Davidson DH40100013.230.321.422.7430.5
      N. Delmonico 1B41000012.214.296.375.6710.5
      T. Anderson SS10000000.240.281.406.6870.0
      J. Rondon SS30000001.230.280.470.7500.0
      R. Cordell CF30110010.091.111.182.2931.5
      Total3437203914-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Mauer DH42210103.282.351.378.7296.0
        J. Polanco SS52310001.291.347.431.7786.0
        W. Astudillo 3B51210003.356.372.522.8955.0
        R. Grossman RF31000233.275.368.387.7551.5
        T. Austin 1B40010115.230.287.480.7671.5
        J. Cave CF40130002.269.317.473.7905.0
        L. Forsythe 2B30100124.231.312.291.6031.0
        G. Petit PR-2B00000000.246.313.279.5920.0
        J. Field LF41210012.222.254.403.6574.5
        C. Gimenez C11000212.211.288.333.6213.5
        Total33811807825-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Moncada 2 (31)
          • SF - R. Cordell (2)
          • RBI - O. Narvaez (30), R. Cordell (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - O. Narvaez (14)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez 3 (3), A. Garcia 2 (2), M. Davidson 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Astudillo (4), J. Cave (17), J. Field (13)
          • SF - J. Cave (3)
          • RBI - J. Mauer (48), J. Polanco (42), W. Astudillo (21), T. Austin (47), J. Cave 3 (44), J. Field (21)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Cave 2 (17), J. Field (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Mauer 2 (2), R. Grossman, J. Cave 2 (2), L. Forsythe 2 (2), J. Field, C. Gimenez 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Sanchez-Rondon-Delmonico)
          FIELDING
          • E - M. Belisle
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Rodon (L, 6-8)1.06884204.181.26-19.0
          J. Gomez3.03001404.681.567.0
          A. Bummer2.00001104.261.585.5
          T. Vieira2.02001107.131.703.5
          Total8.01188780---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Rodon (L, 6-8)1.0
          J. Gomez3.0
          A. Bummer2.0
          T. Vieira2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gibson (W, 10-13)6.03113703.621.3024.5
          T. Hildenberger1.00000105.181.343.5
          G. Moya1.01000104.711.322.5
          M. Belisle1.03200007.861.720.0
          Total9.0731390---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gibson (W, 10-13)6.0
          T. Hildenberger1.0
          G. Moya1.0
          M. Belisle1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - T. Vieira (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 66-34, J. Gomez 56-37, A. Bummer 24-14, T. Vieira 40-25
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gomez 1-4, A. Bummer 3-1, T. Vieira 2-3
          • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 13, J. Gomez 13, A. Bummer 6, T. Vieira 10
          PITCHING
          • WP - K. Gibson (8)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 99-59, T. Hildenberger 14-8, G. Moya 13-10, M. Belisle 20-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 6-5, T. Hildenberger 1-1, G. Moya 1-1, M. Belisle 3-1
          • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 24, T. Hildenberger 3, G. Moya 4, M. Belisle 7
          • 9TH INNING
            Cordell hit sacrifice fly to right, Delmonico scored38
            Rondon safe at first on Belisle throwing error, Smith scored, Delmonico to third28
          • 2ND INNING
            Field singled to shallow center, Grossman scored, Austin to second18
            Cave hit sacrifice fly to right, Astudillo scored, Grossman to third17
            Austin walked, Polanco scored, Astudillo to third, Grossman to second16
            Astudillo doubled to deep left, Mauer scored, Polanco to third15
            Polanco singled to center, Gimenez scored, Mauer to second14
            Mauer singled to left, Field scored, Gimenez to second13
          • 1ST INNING
            Cave doubled to shallow right, Mauer and Polanco scored, Grossman to third12
            Narvaez singled to left, Palka scored, Garcia to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Matt Belisle relieved Gabriel Moya
            • K. Smith: Smith singled to left
            • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Davidson singled to right, Smith to second
            • N. Delmonico: Foul, Delmonico reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Smith to third, Davidson out at second
            • J. Rondon: Ball, Foul, Rondon safe at first on Belisle throwing error, Smith scored, Delmonico to third
            • R. Cordell: Cordell hit sacrifice fly to right, Delmonico scored
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moncada doubled to left, Rondon to third
            • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Gabriel Moya relieved Trevor Hildenberger
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Moncada grounded out to second
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sanchez flied out to right
            • D. Palka: Palka reached on an infield single to second
            • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Vieira Pitching:
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco singled to shallow center
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo singled to shallow left, Polanco to second
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Grossman struck out on foul tip
            • T. Austin: Ball, Austin grounded out to pitcher, Polanco to third, Astudillo to second
            • J. Cave: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cave grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Kyle Gibson
            • N. Delmonico: Ball, Delmonico flied out to deep right
            • J. Rondon: Ball, Ball, Rondon grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Cordell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cordell struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Thyago Vieira relieved Aaron Bummer
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cave flied out to deep center
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked
            • Gregorio Petit ran for Logan Forsythe
            • J. Field: Field flied out to right
            • C. Gimenez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gimenez hit by pitch, Petit to second
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Mauer flied out to deep right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia flied out to left
            • K. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bummer Pitching:
            • W. Astudillo: Astudillo grounded out to second
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
            • T. Austin: Austin grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rondon grounded out to third
            • R. Cordell: Cordell singled to shallow right center
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada lined out to shortstop
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Aaron Bummer relieved Jeanmar Gomez
            • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gimenez walked
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mauer grounded out to shortstop, Gimenez out at second
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco flied out to deep right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • K. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • M. Davidson: Foul, Davidson lined out to center
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jose Rondon at shortstop
            • T. Austin: Ball, Strike looking, Austin flied out to center
            • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cave flied out to center
            • L. Forsythe: Forsythe reached on an infield single to third
            • J. Field: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Moncada doubled to left center
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to third
            • D. Palka: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Palka struck out on foul tip
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Kevan Smith catching
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer singled to center
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mauer out at second
            • W. Astudillo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Astudillo lined out to center
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Delmonico grounded out to second
            • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Anderson grounded out to third
            • R. Cordell: Ball, Cordell flied out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • J. Field: Ball, Ball, Field doubled to center
            • C. Gimenez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gimenez walked
            • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mauer singled to left, Field scored, Gimenez to second
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Polanco singled to center, Gimenez scored, Mauer to second
            • W. Astudillo: Foul, Astudillo doubled to deep left, Mauer scored, Polanco to third
            • R. Grossman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
            • Jeanmar Gomez relieved Carlos Rodon
            • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Austin walked, Polanco scored, Astudillo to third, Grossman to second
            • J. Cave: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cave hit sacrifice fly to right, Astudillo scored, Grossman to third
            • L. Forsythe: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
            • J. Field: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Field singled to shallow center, Grossman scored, Austin to second
            • C. Gimenez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gimenez struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
            • D. Palka: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Palka walked
            • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Palka to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Garcia walked
            • O. Narvaez: Narvaez singled to left, Palka scored, Garcia to third
            • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davidson grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Narvaez out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mauer walked
            • J. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco singled to shallow center, Mauer to second
            • W. Astudillo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Astudillo lined out to center
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked, Mauer to third, Polanco to second
            • T. Austin: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cave doubled to shallow right, Mauer and Polanco scored, Grossman to third
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)