No-hit through six innings, Twins rally to top White Sox 5-3
CHICAGO – When the Twins were in New York, Kyle Gibson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and Minnesota lost anyway. So it’s only fair that on Sunday, Gibson’s opponent no-hit the Twins into the seventh inning, and Minnesota still managed to win.
Eduardo Escobar looped a seventh-inning single into right field, breaking up James Shields’ 6 1/3 innings of no-hit ball and triggering a Twins rally that eventually produced their third straight victory, 5-3 over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Logan Morrison doubled home two runs to give the Twins a short-lived lead, and after Chicago tied the score in the seventh, some Joe Mauer baserunning and a couple of White Sox mistakes handed the Twins the run they needed to win a road series for the first time since their season-opening weekend in Baltimore. Mauer drew a walk off Chicago reliever Bruce Rondon, moved to third when second baseman Jose Rondon couldn’t handle shortstop Tim Anderson’s toss on a double-play grounder, and scored the go-ahead run when third baseman Yolmer Sanchez threw Max Kepler’s ground ball to first base rather than running him back to third. Mauer ran a few steps, stopped, and then raced home when Sanchez ignored him.
The Twins managed to score five runs on only four hits, the last of them Eddie Rosario’s second home run of the series, a blast to center off Nate Jones. Rosario has four home runs in the first six days of May.
For much of the afternoon, it appeared possible the Twins might not collect any hits. Shields, a veteran whom the Twins had beaten six times in their last nine meetings, had them off balance all day with his mix of low-90s fastballs, slow curveballs and maddening changeups. He retired the first 16 hitters he faced before Ehire Adrianza drew a one-out walk in the sixth inning. Brian Dozier also walked to open the seventh, but not until Escobar waited on a curveball and slapped it into right-center did the Twins have a hit.
Eddie Rosario followed with a single of his own, spoiling the shutout, and after Luis Avilan relieved Shields, Morrison pulled a line drive just inside the foul line in right field, a go-ahead two-run double.
Gibson had not been as perfect as Shields, but he wasn’t far off. He allowed only two hits over the first five innings, though Engel, who doubled, scored on a wild pitch. Sanchez’s leadoff double in the sixth turned into another run, and Leury Garcia singled home Jose Rondon off Zach Duke in the seventh.
Addison Reed and Fernando Rodney didn’t allow a baserunner over the final two innings to clinch the victory, with Rodney earning his fifth save.