Berrios excellent but offense fails on a rainy night as White Sox beat Twins 4-1
Carlos Rodón pitched six strong innings and the Chicago White Sox took advantage of sloppy play by the Minnesota Twins to win 4-1 ion a rainy Tuesday night.
Catcher Zack Collins, making the start after Yasmani Grandal went on the injured list earlier in the day with a torn tendon in his left knee, had a two-run single in the second inning after two walks and two errors by the Twins.
It was the only hit Chicago would put up in seven innings against Minnesota starter José Berríos (7-3). Just one of the runs was earned against Berríos, who struck out 10 batters.
Headed to his first All-Star game next week, Rodón (7-3) allowed one run on seven hits. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter as Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak.
Michael Kopech pitched a scoreless seventh and Liam Hendriks pitched the final two innings for his 22nd save.
The two teams, who had a rainout last week in Chicago rescheduled for July 19, played through a steady, light rain for much of the game. The grounds crew tended to the mound, home plate and infield after most innings. The rain became heavier in the final two innings, but the game played without a delay.
Only once did weather appear to play a part in the outcome.
Chicago outfielders Brian Goodwin and Adam Eaton didn’t see Nelson Cruz’s high flyball in the sixth inning. Second baseman Leury García sprinted to the outfield and pointed the location to the outfielders, but the ball fell in safely for a hit.
Luis Arraez went to second base on the play and scored on Alex Kirilloff’s single to center.
White Sox: Grandal is expected to miss approximately four to six weeks. … OF Adam Engel is expected to be activated from the injured list and play in Wednesday afternoon’s game in Minnesota. Engel has been out since June 19 with a hamstring injury. … LHP Aaron Bummer (strained right hamstring) could possibly be activated for the weekend series at Baltimore. Manager Tony La Russa said “fingers crossed” that Bummer would return, but only if he’s “really ready.”
Twins: Cruz was back in the lineup after missing two games with a stiff neck that has been exacerbated by a lingering chest cold and severe coughing. Cruz was examined by doctors and cleared of any other complications. … 3B Josh Donaldson was out of the lineup for the third straight game due to a strained right hamstring.
RHP Lance Lynn (8-3, 2.02 ERA) starts the afternoon series finale for Chicago on Wednesday. Minnesota will activate RHP Michael Pineda (3-4, 3.70) from the injured list to start. Pineda has been out since June 13 with right elbow inflammation. Lynn is 1-0 with two earned runs allowed in 11 innings against the Twins this season.