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Slow start dooms Twins in make-up game loss to White Sox

Gonsalves falters in major-league debut

August 21, 2018 - 4:13 am

   MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Matt Davidson homered, Lucas Giolito struck out six in six innings and the Chicago White Sox spoiled Stephen Gonsalves' major league debut by holding off the Minnesota Twins for an 8-5 victory on Monday night.

   The game was a make-up from an early-season home stand in which three matchups against the ChiSox were wiped out because of a snowstorm.

   The Twins and White Sox jammed in one of those games in early June, and will play the final makeup on Sept. 28 as part of a doubleheader.

   Playing without manager Rick Renteria, Chicago won for the fourth time in five games in the makeup of snowed-out April contest. Davidson drove in three runs, and Jose Abreu had two hits and two RBIs.

   Renteria experienced lightheadedness before the game and was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Bench coach Joe McEwing served as the manager, and the team said tests on Renteria didn't show any problems.

   Giolito (9-9) allowed three runs and five hits in his second straight win. The right-hander has a 3.24 ERA over his last five road starts.

   Jake Cave and Max Kepler homered for the second straight day for Minnesota, which had won five of six.

   Gonsalves (0-1) surrendered four runs in just 1 1/3 innings. Considered one of the team's top prospects, Gonsalves gave up six hits, walked two and hit a batter.

  "I didn't slow it down, I kind of kept letting it get to me," Gonsalves said of his excitement. "I sped up myself, and I finally took a breath after my first walk, shook my cleats out and dusted the mud off. Unfortunately, it kept piling up."

   The 24-year-old Gonsalves is the fourth Twins starter to make his debut this season. The 6-foot-5 left-hander was the team's minor league pitcher of the year in 2016, but he has been hampered by command issues. He had 65 walks in 120 2/3 minor league innings this season.

   "I think it was a little bit more reflected on how many pitches he kind of overthrew and left up in the zone," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We know that the command at times can be a little sketchy and it's what's gotten him into problems along the way."

   Giolito has had his own issues with control. He entered with a 6.15 ERA and an AL-high 72 walks. He walked two against the Twins.

   Davidson's two-run shot in the seventh extended Chicago's homer streak to 12 games. It's the team's longest streak since hitting at least one in 15 straight games in 2012.

   Ervin Santana will see hand specialist Thomas Varecka Tuesday after having to go back on the disabled list with continued problems with the middle finger of his throwing hand.

   Slugger Logan Morrison had hip surgery. Molitor said the labrum was repaired and bone spurs removed. Morrison is out the rest of the season.

   The Twins and White Sox travel to Chicago for a two-game series, with the Twins sending right-hander Jose Berrios (11-8, 3.75 ERA) to the mound. Berrios is 2-1 with a 4.10 ERA in five starts since making his first All-Star Game appearance.

   Right-hander Michael Kopech, one of baseball's top pitching prospects, is scheduled to make his major league debut on Tuesday. Kopech went 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 126 1/3 innings for Triple-A Charlotte this season.