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Twins beat White Sox 5-3, open 5-game AL Central lead

Mon Sep 16 11:16pm ET
By TYLER MASON
Associated Press

Players: Nelson Cruz, Sergio Romo, Marwin Gonzalez, Ross Detwiler, Ehire Adrianza, Taylor Rogers, Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler, James McCann, C.J. Cron, Tyler Duffey, Lucas Giolito

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios throws against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)


Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios throws against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)


Minnesota Twins' Marwin Gonzalez flips his bat away after striking out to end the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)


Minnesota Twins' Mitch Garver doubles off Chicago White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez to drive in teammate Jorge Polanco in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)


Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoimer Sanchez (5) gets the force-out against Minnesota Twins' Luis Arraez (2) and throws to complete a double play in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)


Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios gives a thumbs-up while leaving a baseball game with one out in the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jose Berrios pitched into the eighth inning to win his second straight start, Mitch Garver hit a go-ahead double and the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Monday night.

Seeking their first AL Central title since 2010, the Twins opened a five-game lead over second-place Cleveland. At 92-58 with 12 games left, Minnesota is assured of its best record since finishing 94-68 in 2010.

Given an extra day of rest between starts, Berrios (13-8) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. He was rewarded with a standing ovation when he was removed.

Tyler Duffey finished the eighth, Sergio Romo allowed Eloy Jimenez's homer leading off the ninth before getting an out, and Taylor Rogers needed just eight pitches to finish a six-hitter for his 27th save in 33 chances.

Following a weekend series against the Indians, Minnesota started a final stretch against teams with losing records: the White Sox, Kansas City and worst-in-the-majors Detroit.

White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez gave up five runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Jose Abreu's sacrifice fly in the first and James McCann's homer in the second gave Chicago a 2-0 lead, but the Twins tied the score in the bottom half on Jorge Polanco's sacrifice fly and Nelson Cruz's RBI single.

After Garver put the Twins ahead for good, Luis Arrarez hit a single off the end of his bat that curved past third baseman Yoan Moncada for a two-run single in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: 1B Marwin Gonzalez went 1 for 4 in his return from an abdominal injury that had sidelined him since Aug. 27. ... INF Ehire Adrianza, who strained his right oblique on Thursday, hopes to start taking swings this weekend and remains optimistic he may play again during the regular season is over. ... RF Max Kepler was out of the lineup for the second straight game with left shoulder soreness. ... 1B C.J. Cron might need some time off to rest his injured right thumb, according to manager Rocco Baldelli.

UP NEXT

White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday because of a mild lat strain and will miss the rest season. LHP Ross Detwiler (2-5) will start against LHP Martin Perez (10-7).

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