Polanco’s bat was certainly one of a number of highlights for Minnesota within the collection-opening victory.
Byron Buxton continued his scorching August with an early RBI, and Eduardo Escobar drove in a pair of runs to again a robust begin from proper-hander Ervin Santana.
Minnesota (sixty eight-sixty three) gained for the third time in 4 video games to maintain its maintain on the second American League wild-card spot.
Polanco went deep from each side of the plate Tuesday for his first multi-homer recreation of his profession. He turned the fifth participant in Twins historical past to hit house runs from all sides of the plate, becoming a member of Roy Smalley, Chili Davis, Ryan Doumit and Kennys Vargas.
Santana (14-7) allowed three runs in 6 2/three innings whereas hanging out seven.
James Shields (2-5) exited after giving up 4 runs in 5 innings. It was the primary time Shields earned a choice in three begins towards the Twins this season.
Jose Abreu went four-for-four for Chicago and drove in two runs.
After the White Sox minimize Minnesota’s result in 5-three with a pair of runs within the seventh, together with an RBI double by Abreu, Polanco’s second homer of the night time gave the Twins’ bullpen a bit extra cushion.
Matt Belisle allowed a run within the ninth inning however nonetheless picked up his fifth save of the season.
Minnesota took the lead on a pair of first-inning runs. Eddie Rosario’s tapper again to the mound might have ended the inning, however Shields’ throw to second base was extensive. Chicago was solely capable of get one out from the potential double-play ball, with Brian Dozier scoring from third on the play.
One batter later, Buxton delivered a pointy RBI single to middle that scored Rosario to make it 2-zero. Rosario had superior to second throughout Buxton’s at-bat on a wild pitch. The RBI was Buxton’s twenty second of August—fifty eight % of the 38 runs he has pushed in all season.
The Twins added to their lead within the third inning when Polanco took Shields deep for a solo homer to proper subject. Polanco’s blast simply cleared the best subject fence, placing Minnesota up three-zero. Minnesota’s lead grew to four-zero when Escobar’s fourth-inning single drove in Max Kepler.