Twins bury White Sox for ninth win in 10 games
MINNEAPOLIS -- C.J. Cron and Ehire Adrianza each drove in four runs, and Kyle Gibson scattered five hits over seven innings as the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox, 8-1, at Target Field on Saturday for their fifth consecutive win.
The crowd of 39,139 was a sellout, the Twins’ first since Opening Day.
Winners of 10 of their past 11 games, the Twins have baseball’s best record (35-16), a major league-leading 102 home runs and, pending the Cleveland Indians’ rain-delayed game against Tampa Bay, an 8 1/2-game lead in the American League Central.
Gibson (5-2) gave up one earned run on a solo home run by Jose Abreu in the third inning, walked one, struck out nine and lowered his earned-run average to 4.08.
The Twins entered Saturday’s game with at least one home run in 17 of their past 18 games but it took until the eighth inning for them to put up another, Adrianza’s three-run shot into the right field home run porch that put Minnesota up 8-1.
Adrianza’s blast, hit on an 0-2 pitch from Kelvin Herrera, traveled an estimated 386 feet. The last time the Twins were homerless was in a 4-2 setback at Seattle on May 19, their last loss. Over their past 10 games (9-1), the Twins are averaging 9.2 runs a game.
Cron plated Jonathan Schoop and Eddie Rosario with two out in the first when his high fly ball was misplayed by right fielder Charlie Tilson. It was ruled a double, giving the Twins’ first baseman his 14th and 15th RBIs. He knocked in two more — Schoop and Rosario again — with a sharp single to left field in the fourth and scored on Adrianza’s two-out single to left for a 5-1 lead.
White Sox starter Manny Banuelos (2-4) was charged with five earned runs on five hits and three walks in four innings. He struck out four.
Cron, 29, was signed as a free agent after Tampa Bay designated him for assignment last November. He batted .253 with 30 home runs and 74 RBIs in 140 games with the Rays last season. Playing on a one-year deal worth $4.8 million, Cron is batting .278 with 13 homers and 34 RBIs in 47 games.