Twins Lose Series Finale to White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — Derek Holland pitched six effective innings, Yolmer Sanchez homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the sloppy Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Thursday night.
Chicago scored three times in the fourth inning as the Twins committed two errors.
Chicago had dropped six of eight before welcoming Minnesota to town for a five-game series. It was a prime opportunity for the contending Twins (65-62) to strengthen their playoff positioning, but the last-place White Sox (50-76) won three times.
The loss dropped the Twins to 5 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the American League Central. The Twins still hold a half-game lead over the Angels, Mariners and Royals for the second AL wild card spot.
Minnesota Pitcher Jose Berrios (11-6) and first baseman Mitch Garver each committed a costly error in the fourth inning, and the Twins' lineup was shut down by Holland and three relievers. The Twins scored their only run off Byron Buxton homer.