Abreu's 3-run homer helps White Sox beat Twins 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kyle Gibson made a mistake, and Jose Abreu was ready.

Abreu hit a towering three-run homer in Chicago's four-run second inning, helping Ivan Nova and the White Sox beat the Twins 6-4 on Monday night.

Minnesota returned home after a 5-1 road trip helped re-establish its control of the AL Central. But the loss to Chicago trimmed the Twins' advantage in the division to two games over idle Cleveland.

''In this case, I picked the wrong time to not execute a pitch,'' Gibson said. ''When I look back at how many pitches I executed and where my stuff was, it's one of those weird nights where I felt like I threw the ball pretty well and unfortunately got beat by the wrong guy at the wrong time.''

Nova (9-9) allowed 10 hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings, with both runs scoring among Minnesota's first three batters of the game.

Nova improved to 5-0 with a 0.85 ERA in his last six starts. Alex Colome worked a rocky ninth for his 24th save in 25 chances.

''This was one of the best games I pitched the whole year,'' Nova said. ''Guys might say, `Why?' The way that I was throwing the first two innings it felt like I didn't have my best stuff. I was able to get to the sixth and only give up two runs. They got 10 hits, and to be able to keep them to two runs with a lineup like this it's a lot of hard work.''

Abreu connected for his 27th homer, driving a Gibson offering deep to the second deck above the bullpens in left-center field.

Jorge Polanco hit his 18th homer for Minnesota, which leads the league with 241 homers and has an extra-base hit in 79 straight games, the fourth-longest streak in team history.

Gibson (11-6) surrendered five runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Eddie Rosario hit an RBI single in the ninth, but Colome struck out Miguel Sano with two runners on to end the game.

''I didn't see anything wrong with the at bats we took tonight,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''Sometimes you put them on and don't bring them in when you need to. It's tough, it's frustrating. But I thought the quality of the at-bats were good.''

SURPRISE, SURPRISE

Chicago got a run in the seventh when Tim Anderson scored on Yolmer Sanchez's suicide squeeze on an 0-2 count.

''We gambled, it worked, we tacked on the run, and it was pretty exciting,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

The Twins couldn't continue their momentum against distant third-place Chicago, which Minnesota had beaten 11 of the previous 14 meetings. Starting Monday, the Twins' next 13 games are against the White Sox and Detroit Tigers.

''We're trying to approach it the same every day,'' Gibson said. ''If we win and we beat the teams we're supposed to beat, we feel pretty good about our chances. We're two games up and we're in control of whatever happens. We've got to come out and play well, and give ourselves a chance by playing solid games. We feel pretty confident how it's going to shake out.''

SQUIRREL!

During Cruz's at-bat in the first inning, a squirrel ran onto the field near Cruz before running into the Minnesota dugout, sending several players and coaches scurrying away. Sano ran out of the dugout to get out of the way before the squirrel disappeared.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada was scheduled to play nine innings in the field for Triple-A Charlotte on Monday. It would be Moncada's first full game in the field since going on the injured list with a right hamstring strain on Aug. 1. The plan is for Moncada to play nine innings again Tuesday with a potential return to Chicago's lineup on Thursday.

Twins: Cruz was reinstated from the injured list after the minimum 10-day absence and he will play through the ruptured tendon in his wrist. Cruz has reported being pain-free. ... OF Max Kepler was out of the starting lineup after leaving Sunday's game due to heat exhaustion. Baldelli said Kepler was available. ... OF Byron Buxton (left shoulder subluxation) has taken light swings and reported no issues. Buxton played catch on the field before Monday's game and has hit off a tee and soft toss.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (7-10, 5.29 ERA) will start Tuesday evening, looking to keep his strong run intact. Lopez owns a 2.91 ERA (14 earned runs in 43 1/3 innings) in seven starts since the All-Star break.

Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (8-5, 4.20 ERA) will make his second start since coming off the injured list after being sidelined by a right triceps strain. Pineda gave up three runs in five innings last week against Texas.

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CHW56-68
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MIN76-49
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  • W: I. Nova (9-9)L: K. Gibson (11-6)S: A. Colome (24)
  • HR: CHW - J. Abreu (27), MIN - J. Polanco (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Garcia CF-LF50000003.281.312.386.6980.0
R. Goins 3B42310000.279.370.404.7746.0
J. Abreu 1B41131012.273.313.491.8047.5
J. Jay RF30000110.268.308.322.6300.5
A. Engel PR-CF00000000.215.280.331.6110.0
E. Jimenez LF40110001.243.294.477.7722.0
R. Cordell PR-RF00000000.227.284.356.6400.0
T. Anderson SS41100012.330.352.493.8452.5
J. McCann C40000023.290.343.477.820-1.0
M. Skole DH21100100.250.333.281.6153.0
a- W. Castillo PH-DH10000010.206.275.377.652-0.5
Y. Sanchez 2B31110010.251.312.323.6352.5
  • a-struck out for Skole in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Arraez 2B51300002.348.416.456.8715.0
J. Polanco SS53221003.296.358.494.85211.0
N. Cruz DH50210000.296.385.6461.0313.0
E. Rosario LF50310001.282.307.519.8264.0
M. Sano 3B50200024.245.347.560.9071.0
M. Gonzalez RF40000022.267.328.424.752-1.0
J. Cave CF40200010.261.358.374.7322.5
C. Cron 1B40100003.257.318.472.7901.0
J. Castro C20000113.242.329.479.8080.5
a- M. Garver PH10000000.263.343.597.9400.0
  • a-grounded out for Castro in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Anderson (22)
  • HR - J. Abreu (27)
  • SH - Y. Sanchez (6)
  • RBI - R. Goins (10), J. Abreu 3 (92), E. Jimenez (52), Y. Sanchez (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Goins (6), J. Abreu 3 (35)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Garcia, E. Jimenez, J. McCann 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Arraez (11), J. Polanco (33), J. Cave (7)
  • HR - J. Polanco (18)
  • RBI - J. Polanco 2 (64), N. Cruz (77), E. Rosario (83)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (28)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Arraez 2 (2), J. Polanco 2 (2), M. Sano 3 (3), M. Gonzalez, J. Castro 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Sanchez-Anderson-Abreu; Sanchez-Abreu)
  • E - L. Garcia (10)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arraez-Cron)
  • E - L. Arraez (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 9-9)5.110221204.471.3810.0
J. Cordero (H, 2)0.20000104.411.040.5
A. Bummer (H, 17)1.02110111.800.980.5
E. Marshall (H, 11)1.00000102.621.373.5
A. Colome (S, 24)1.03110102.441.026.5
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 9-9)5.1
J. Cordero (H, 2)0.2
A. Bummer (H, 17)1.0
E. Marshall (H, 11)1.0
A. Colome (S, 24)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gibson (L, 11-6)6.26551414.401.313.0
R. Harper0.10000003.451.110.0
L. Thorpe2.02111303.381.433.5
PITCHERSIP
K. Gibson (L, 11-6)6.2
R. Harper0.1
L. Thorpe2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 103-69, J. Cordero 11-6, A. Bummer 16-12, E. Marshall 17-11, A. Colome 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 5-7, J. Cordero 1-0, A. Bummer 2-0, E. Marshall 1-1, A. Colome 2-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 25, J. Cordero 2, A. Bummer 5, E. Marshall 3, A. Colome 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 99-66, R. Harper 4-2, L. Thorpe 41-27
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 13-3, L. Thorpe 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 27, R. Harper, L. Thorpe 9
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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CHW56-68
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MIN76-49
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Garcia CF-LF50000003.281.312.386.6980.0
R. Goins 3B42310000.279.370.404.7746.0
J. Abreu 1B41131012.273.313.491.8047.5
J. Jay RF30000110.268.308.322.6300.5
A. Engel PR-CF00000000.215.280.331.6110.0
E. Jimenez LF40110001.243.294.477.7722.0
R. Cordell PR-RF00000000.227.284.356.6400.0
T. Anderson SS41100012.330.352.493.8452.5
J. McCann C40000023.290.343.477.820-1.0
M. Skole DH21100100.250.333.281.6153.0
a- W. Castillo PH-DH10000010.206.275.377.652-0.5
Y. Sanchez 2B31110010.251.312.323.6352.5
Total3468612711-----
HITTERSAB
L. Garcia CF-LF5
R. Goins 3B4
J. Abreu 1B4
J. Jay RF3
A. Engel PR-CF0
E. Jimenez LF4
R. Cordell PR-RF0
T. Anderson SS4
J. McCann C4
M. Skole DH2
a- W. Castillo PH-DH1
Y. Sanchez 2B3
Total34
  • a-struck out for Skole in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Arraez 2B51300002.348.416.456.8715.0
J. Polanco SS53221003.296.358.494.85211.0
N. Cruz DH50210000.296.385.6461.0313.0
E. Rosario LF50310001.282.307.519.8264.0
M. Sano 3B50200024.245.347.560.9071.0
M. Gonzalez RF40000022.267.328.424.752-1.0
J. Cave CF40200010.261.358.374.7322.5
C. Cron 1B40100003.257.318.472.7901.0
J. Castro C20000113.242.329.479.8080.5
a- M. Garver PH10000000.263.343.597.9400.0
Total40415411618-----
HITTERSAB
L. Arraez 2B5
J. Polanco SS5
N. Cruz DH5
E. Rosario LF5
M. Sano 3B5
M. Gonzalez RF4
J. Cave CF4
C. Cron 1B4
J. Castro C2
a- M. Garver PH1
Total40
  • a-grounded out for Castro in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Anderson (22)
  • HR - J. Abreu (27)
  • SH - Y. Sanchez (6)
  • RBI - R. Goins (10), J. Abreu 3 (92), E. Jimenez (52), Y. Sanchez (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Goins (6), J. Abreu 3 (35)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Garcia, E. Jimenez, J. McCann 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Arraez (11), J. Polanco (33), J. Cave (7)
  • HR - J. Polanco (18)
  • RBI - J. Polanco 2 (64), N. Cruz (77), E. Rosario (83)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Rosario (28)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Arraez 2 (2), J. Polanco 2 (2), M. Sano 3 (3), M. Gonzalez, J. Castro 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Sanchez-Anderson-Abreu; Sanchez-Abreu)
  • E - L. Garcia (10)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arraez-Cron)
  • E - L. Arraez (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 9-9)5.110221204.471.3810.0
J. Cordero (H, 2)0.20000104.411.040.5
A. Bummer (H, 17)1.02110111.800.980.5
E. Marshall (H, 11)1.00000102.621.373.5
A. Colome (S, 24)1.03110102.441.026.5
Total9.01544161---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 9-9)5.1
J. Cordero (H, 2)0.2
A. Bummer (H, 17)1.0
E. Marshall (H, 11)1.0
A. Colome (S, 24)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gibson (L, 11-6)6.26551414.401.313.0
R. Harper0.10000003.451.110.0
L. Thorpe2.02111303.381.433.5
Total9.0866271---
PITCHERSIP
K. Gibson (L, 11-6)6.2
R. Harper0.1
L. Thorpe2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 103-69, J. Cordero 11-6, A. Bummer 16-12, E. Marshall 17-11, A. Colome 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 5-7, J. Cordero 1-0, A. Bummer 2-0, E. Marshall 1-1, A. Colome 2-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 25, J. Cordero 2, A. Bummer 5, E. Marshall 3, A. Colome 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 99-66, R. Harper 4-2, L. Thorpe 41-27
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 13-3, L. Thorpe 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 27, R. Harper, L. Thorpe 9
  • 8TH INNING
    Jimenez singled to left center, Goins scored, Engel to second63
  • 7TH INNING
    Polanco homered to left center53
    Sanchez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Anderson scored, Skole to second52
  • 3RD INNING
    Abreu homered to left center, Sanchez and Goins scored42
    Goins singled to left center, Skole scored, Sanchez to third, Goins to second12
  • 1ST INNING
    Cruz singled to right center, Polanco scored02
    Polanco doubled to deep right, Arraez scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Welington Castillo hit for Matt Skole
    • W. Castillo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Garcia lined out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Alex Colome relieved Evan Marshall
    • Mitch Garver hit for Jason Castro
  • 8TH INNING
    • Lewis Thorpe relieved Ryne Harper
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Goins reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
    • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Jay walked, Goins to second
    • Adam Engel ran for Jon Jay
    • E. Jimenez: Jimenez singled to left center, Goins scored, Engel to second
    • Ryan Cordell ran for Eloy Jimenez
    • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Anderson grounded out to first, Engel to third, Cordell to second
    • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCann lined out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Cordell ran for Eloy Jimenez
    • Evan Marshall relieved Aaron Bummer
    • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded bunt out to catcher
    • J. Cave: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave struck out swinging
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cron flied out to deep right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson doubled to left center
    • J. McCann: Foul, Ball, McCann grounded out to second, Anderson to third
    • M. Skole: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Skole walked
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Sanchez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Anderson scored, Skole to second
    • Ryne Harper relieved Kyle Gibson
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Aaron Bummer relieved Jimmy Cordero
    • L. Arraez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arraez grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Polanco: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Polanco homered to left center
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario singled to right center
    • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Abreu grounded out to third
    • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
    • E. Jimenez: Strike swinging, Jimenez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Sano: Strike looking, Foul, Sano singled to center
    • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Gonzalez struck out on foul tip
    • J. Cave: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cave singled to left center, Sano to third, Cave to second on left fielder Garcia fielding error
    • Jimmy Cordero relieved Ivan Nova
    • C. Cron: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron reached on fielder's choice to third, Sano out at home
    • J. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sanchez popped out to second
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia lined out to left
    • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Goins grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Polanco: Foul, Polanco grounded out to third
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cruz grounded out to third
    • E. Rosario: Rosario flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. McCann: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • M. Skole: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Skole grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez fouled out to third
    • J. Cave: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cave doubled to left center
    • C. Cron: Foul, Foul, Cron flied out to center
    • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro walked
    • L. Arraez: Strike looking, Arraez lined out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
    • M. Skole: Skole singled to left
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez singled to right, Skole to second
    • L. Garcia: Garcia flied out to center
    • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Goins singled to left center, Skole scored, Sanchez to third, Goins to second
    • J. Abreu: Abreu homered to left center, Sanchez and Goins scored
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jay safe at first on 2nd baseman Arraez fielding error
    • E. Jimenez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jimenez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Cruz popped out to shortstop
    • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Rosario singled to shallow right center
    • M. Sano: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Sano grounded into double play second to first, Rosario out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Ball, Jay grounded out to pitcher
    • E. Jimenez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jimenez grounded out to third
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cave grounded out to second
    • C. Cron: Ball, Cron singled to left center
    • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro flied out to deep left
    • L. Arraez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Arraez singled to left, Cron to second
    • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco flied out to deep left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Gibson Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to first
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Goins singled to right
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Abreu grounded into double play second to first, Goins out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • L. Arraez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Arraez doubled to deep center
    • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco doubled to deep right, Arraez scored
    • N. Cruz: Foul, Ball, Foul, Cruz singled to right center, Polanco scored
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cruz out at second
    • M. Sano: Foul, Ball, Sano singled to right center
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)