Twins, Cards clash after both beat Chicago teams

Three straight wins have Twins climbing standings

Al Schoch
May 07, 2018 - 5:54 am

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Not only have the Twins won three in a row after beating the White Sox 5-3 in Chicago on Sunday, they are back in the thick of the AL Central race.

That's because while the Twins were taking care of the Pale Hose, the first-place Cleveland Indians were swept in a three-game series by the Yankees in New York.

Despite a slow start to the season that included an eight-game losing streak, the Twins are in second place in the Central, two games behind the Indians, who have the only non-losing record in the division.

The Twins took the series finale over the White Sox despite failing to get a hit off starter James Shields until the seventh inning.  Once they broke through, the Twins kept going and scored in each of the last three innings to outlast the Sox.

"You just try to stay with a game like that," said Twins manager Paul Molitor. "He threw the ball well."

Logan Morrison's two-run double in the seventh inning keyed the comeback that saw the Twins wipe out an early 2-0 deficit. Joe Mauer scored the go-ahead run when he deftly scooted home on an eighth-inning groundout. 

"He got into a little bit of a cat-and-mouse with the third baseman," said Molitor. "It was just a good, heads-up play."

Red-hot Eddie Rosario added insurance with a ninth-inning home run. Zach Duke got the win in relief of Kyle Gibson, who had another strong start, with Fernando Rodney recording his second straight perfect inning save of the weekend.

"There's been plenty of games in the first five, six weeks that we found a way to lose," said Molitor. "We found a way to win. Nice way to finish up the series."

The Twins stay on the road with a short, two-game series at Saint Louis before going out west in the coming weekend for a four-game set in Anaheim against the Angels.

Monday night, rookie Fernando Romero makes his second career start. He threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in beating Toronto in his debut on May 2 at Target Field. Starting for the Cardinals is John Grant, whose only appearance this season was a three-inning relief stint in which he got the win over the Mets.

Saint Louis has won five in a row, and like the Twins, the success comes at the expense of a Chicago team.  The Cards swept the Cubs over the weekend, the last two wins coming on walk-off home runs in extra innings.  Before that, the Cardinals took two straight from the White Sox.


 

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