The White Sox hit a franchise-record 10 doubles, but their pitching staff was no match for the Minnesota Twins lineup on Tuesday night. Jose Quintana, Dylan Axelrod and Philip Humber were shelled for a combined 17 runs in the first five innings, and the Twins went on to defeat the Sox 18-9 before 15,698 fans at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Detroit Tigers lost to the Cleveland Indians 3-2, allowing the Sox to hold their one-game lead in the American League Central.
The Sox staked Quintana to a 3-0 lead in the first but the rookie lefty couldn't finish the Twins' seven-run second. He lasted 3 2/3 his last start in Baltimore.
Humber was shelled for eight runs on seven hits in 1/3 of an inning in the fifth, saw his ERA climb from 5.81 to 6.50.
Since the Tigers tied the Sox for first with their sweep in Detroit over the weekend, they've lost two straight to the Indians while the Sox split the first two games of this series.
"Agonizing is what it is, every day is agonizing,'' general manager Ken Williams said before the game. "You're committed to that grind and one day you're feeling like, 'OK, we've got everything lined up' and the next day it's, 'OK, we've got to regroup.' The challenge becomes staying even-keeled in terms of when you come to the ballpark with the same positive energy, the same excitement. This is September, man. It's September in the midst of a playoff run. There are common denominators for the teams that will ultimately survive this stretch. It's the will, the intellect and the talent, and not necessarily in that order. Will, intellect and talent. There are games where you have to will your way to win and there are other games where you have to use your baseball intellect.''
The Twins had 17 hits. The Sox, whose manager Robin Ventura emptied the bench midway through the game, had 13 hits.