Twins fall to Sox, but maintain Wild Card spot 24 Aug 17

CHICAGO — The White Sox shocked the Twins with two late runs, including a walk-off RBI single from Tim Anderson in the ninth inning in a 4-3 win on Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Minnesota maintained its lead for the second American League Wild Card spot, despite the loss..

“I wanted that moment,” said Anderson, who will wear “B. Moss” on the back of his jersey forPlayer’s Weekend, to honor of a friend who passed away. “I put the first three at-bats behind me and came up big. It was an exciting moment. I’m going to enjoy it and wear it until tomorrow.”

Avisail Garcia started the rally in the ninth with a leadoff single off Trevor Hildenbergerbefore being bunted to second. After an intentional walk, Anderson came through with his first walk-off hit of his career. It came after second baseman Yoan Moncada, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, tied the game in the eighth with an RBI double down the left-field line off lefty Taylor Rogers. Moncada was 4-for-35 hitting right-handed before his game-tying double.

“I’ve been working on my right side and trying to be more consistent,” Moncada said through interpreter Billy Russo. “It’s not that I’m not consistent, but that I’m not consistent enough as I am left-handed. I’ve been putting more work on my right-handed swing.”

White Sox right-hander James Shields was solid over six innings and didn’t give up a hit until allowing a solo homer to Jorge Polanco in the fourth. The Twins tacked on two more runs in the sixth on a bloop RBI single from Polanco and a wild pitch to score Joe Mauerfrom third.

“It’s a tough way to lose one with the position we were in there in the eighth,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “But I thought we didn’t swing the bats very well. Shields did a good job of mixing his stuff and we were out front a lot. I thought we had some good matchups the last couple innings, but we couldn’t put guys away with two strikes.”

Twins right-hander Ervin Santana was stuck with a no-decision after he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits over seven innings. The White Sox took an early lead in the third on a triple from Alen Hanson, who scored on the play with an errant throw to third. Chicago made it a one-run game with a solo shot from Leury Garcia in the sixth.