White Sox snap 4-game losing streak, top Twins 5-1; Indians top Royals to move 1 game behind Twins
By John Jackson
CHICAGO (AP) — Yoán Moncada homered, Iván Nova threw two-hit ball through six innings and the Chicago White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
Moncada finished with three hits, two RBIs and two runs. Adam Engel also had two RBIs for Chicago, which had dropped 12 of 15.
The White Sox had been outscored 23-6 during the four-game losing streak.
Nova (6-9) allowed one unearned run on two hits in six innings and won his second straight start. He allowed one run on four hits in a complete-game performance against Miami on Monday.
The 32-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA (one earned run over 20 2/3 innings) in his last three starts at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Evan Marshall got four outs, Aaron Bummer retired two and closer Alex Colomé got the final three outs for his 22nd save in 23 chances.
The Twins, who lead the majors in homers, were held to one unearned run after slugging seven homers in the first two games of the series.
Minnesota starter Martín Pérez (8-4) allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings.
The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second when Engel knocked in a run with a fielder’s choice. With runners on the corners, Engel hit a grounder to third. Miguel Sanó fielded the ball, looked to second and then decided to go home. His throw was late and sailed past catcher Mitch Garver.
Minnesota tied it in the third on an error by Moncada. With runners on first and second, Jorge Polanco lifted a pop behind third base that should have ended the inning, but Moncada let it drop and Byron Buxton scored from second.
Chicago regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Moncada led off with a double, went to third on a single by José Abreu and scored on a sacrifice fly by Castillo.
Moncada made it 3-1 in the fifth with a 432-foot homer to center.
Moncada then added an RBI double in the seventh — his third straight extra-base hit — that drove in Leury Garcia for a 4-1 lead.
Engel had an RBI single in the eighth to make it 5-1.
White Sox: OF Eloy Jiménez (right ulnar nerve contusion) had no issues following a hard workout on Friday, so he went through a more rigorous session on Saturday that included hitting and throwing to bases from a deeper spot in the outfield. “I feel really good,” he said. “Maybe a couple of more days and I can get back to the field.” … SS Tim Anderson (right high ankle sprain) was scheduled to continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte Saturday and Sunday.
Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (9-4, 4.24 ERA) faces White Sox RHP Dylan Covey (1-6, 6.04) in the finale of the four-game series on Sunday. Gibson is 8-4 with a 2.82 ERA lifetime against Chicago. Covey took the loss May 26 at Minnesota, allowing four runs on three hits in six innings.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Kipnis hit a grand slam in the first inning, and Mike Clevinger struck out seven and remained perfect against Kansas City as the Cleveland Indians routed the Royals 9-1 on Saturday night.
Clevinger (5-2) allowed one run on eight hits in seven innings and didn’t walk a batter. With the victory, Clevinger improved to 8-0 all-time against the Royals. That’s the most victories for any pitcher without a loss against the Royals. He had been tied with Rick Sutcliffe and Don Aase at seven.
Cleveland’s victory, coupled with the Minnesota Twins’ loss at Chicago, moved the Indians within a game of first place in the AL Central. Cleveland had trailed by 11 games on June 15.
Royals starter Glenn Sparkman (3-7) allowed eight runs on nine hits in five innings in front of a crowd of 31,181 at Kauffman Stadium, the second-largest home crowd after the season opener.
All eight runs allowed by Sparkman came on Cleveland homers.
Kipnis hit a 2-1 pitch 417 feet into the fountains in right center. It was the third grand slam of his career, but the first of the season for the Indians. Francisco Lindor and Mercado had started the game with singles before Sparkman hit Mike Freeman with a pitch, loading the bases for Kipnis.
Lindor hit his 18th homer in the second. He hit it 414 feet into the seats in right.
Jose Ramirez hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, his third straight with a homer. He hit home runs in three straight games three times in 2018, the last on Aug. 11-14.