CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Eaton had three hits, Carlos Sanchez hit a two-run double and the Chicago White Sox used a seven-run fourth inning to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 on Saturday night.
Trevor Plouffe had two hits and an RBI for the Twins, who began the day one game behind Texas in the race for the second AL wild card.
Jose Quintana (9-10) settled in after allowing two runs in the first. He threw five scoreless innings after that and has allowed two runs in 13 innings over his last two starts.
The White Sox finished with 15 hits and have won six of nine.
Tommy Milone (8-5) gave up seven runs — four earned — and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings, his second-shortest start of the season. He was 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in three previous starts against the White Sox.
Aaron Hicks scored on a passed ball in the first inning to give the Twins the lead after he drew a walk, stole second and advanced on first baseman Jose Abreu’s error.
Plouffe singled to drive in another run.
Quintana has allowed 26 runs in the first inning this season, tied for most in the majors with teammate Jeff Samardzija.
Chicago’s seven runs in the fourth matched a season high and were the most the Twins have allowed in an inning this season.
The White Sox sent 11 batters to the plate and Trayce Thompson had two of their six hits while the Twins committed two errors in the inning. Thompson led off with a double and scored on Alexei Ramirez’s single.
After Plouffe committed a throwing error at third base on Geovany Soto’s bunt, Carlos Sanchez hit a two-run double for a 3-2 Chicago lead. Eaton followed with an RBI single, Melky Cabrera had a sacrifice fly and Thompson hit an RBI single. The final run scored on reliever Blaine Boyer’s throwing error to third base.
The Twins loaded the bases in the eighth before Zach Duke got an inning-ending double play.
J.B. Shuck hit an RBI double in the bottom half.
Twins: All-Star closer Glen Perkins played catch from about 90 feet, the first time he threw a baseball since he injured his back on Sept. 1. The Twins will see how he responds, but they hope he can pitch from a mound soon. “He comes back and he’s healthy, we’ll find a way to have him contribute,” manager Paul Molitor said.
White Sox: RF Avisail Garcia left after two innings due to back spasms. Thompson moved to right field, and Shuck replaced Thompson in left.
RHP Kyle Gibson (9-10, 3.87 ERA) will start for the Twins against White Sox LHP Chris Sale (12-8, 3.31) in the series finale Sunday.
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