Vaughn and Garcia help White Sox rally, beat Twins 9-8 in 10
Andrew Vaughn tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Leury Garcia hit a game-ending single in the 10th to give the Chicago White Sox a 9-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
The White Sox trailed five times in the game and tied each time before taking their first and only lead in extra innings to avoid a three-game sweep. Chicago snapped a seven-game losing streak against the AL Central-leading Twins.
“I was dancing in the locker room,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “I shot something too.
Playing his first game since April 23, Eloy Jiménez made an immediate impact for the White Sox, hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning that tied the game 3-all and an RBI single in the seventh that made it 6-6 . Jiménez had been sidelined with a tendon tear in his left hamstring. He also made a tough catch before hitting the net along the left field line to finish the sixth.
“It was one of the days where you were like, ‘Yeah, I’m back,'” Jimenez said.
Jorge Polanco homered twice, each time giving Minnesota the lead.
Jose Ruiz (1-0) walked Jose Miranda to start the 10th but got away with a late-inning double play.
Late in the inning, auto-runner Adam Engel went third on a ball passed by catcher Ryan Jeffers as Josh Harrison walked. Engel scored on Garcia’s hit against Jovani Moran (0-1).
“Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned for most of the season, but we didn’t stop working,” Garcia said. “We worked hard and today was a good day for us.”
Vaughn hit his tying homer against reliever Trevor Megill with two outs in the eighth, and he denied Gilberto Celestino a hit with a bounding grab on first base in the ninth.
“We pitched well when we needed to,” Vaughn said. “We hit well when we needed it and we got the win.”
Luis Arraez had four hits for the Twins, extending his hitting streak against the White Sox to 15 games. Arraez is batting .441 (26 for 59) in those contests.
Gio Urshela put the Twins ahead 8-6 in the eighth with a two-run homer against Matt Foster.
Luis Robert hit a two-run homer in the fifth for Chicago.
Polanco had the fifth multi-home run game of his career and the first since Sept. 11, 2021, hitting a two-run shot in the fifth against Lance Lynn and a solo drive in the seventh against Kendall Graveman.
White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI double in the first.
White Sox INF Jake Burger (bruised right hand) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. RHP Vince Velasquez (right index finger bulb) was placed on the 15 day IL. RHP Jimmy Lambert has been recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. INF Danny Mendick (torn right knee ligament) transferred to IL 60 days.
White Sox 3B Yoan Moncada left after six innings with a bruise on his right foot. X-rays were negative and he was listed as day to day.
Twins shortstop Carlos Correa was unavailable, manager Rocco Baldelli said. Correa’s legs were tight and Baldelli wanted to give him some extra rest with a day off on Thursday.
The Twins will send RHP Sonny Gray (4-1, 2.47 ERA) to the mound Friday night in Game 1 of a three-game Texas series.
The White Sox host Detroit for a three-game series starting Thursday night with RHP Dylan Cease (7-3, 2.51) on the mound. Cease is 10-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 11 career starts against the Tigers.