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White Sox 6, Twins 1: James Shields shuts down Twins bats. Narrowly avoid shutout

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Ehire Adrianza stays hot going 4-4, but rest of lineup cold

Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox
Paul Molitor got ejected for arguing a balk that wasn’t a balk. Or something like that...
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Twins starter Kyle Gibson struck out 7, and only walked 1 batter, but gave up a season high 11 hits. James Shields on the other hand threw seven scoreless innings for the Sox, allowing 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5.

It was a scoreless game until the 3rd, when the White Sox strung together two singles and a RBI double from Leury Garcia. Tim Anderson followed with an RBI single, and a ground out RBI from Omar Narveaz made it a 3-0 game.

Jose Abreu tacked on another run in the 4th with his 12th HR of the year.

The Twins scored in the 6th, but then didn’t, on a very odd balk call which was then reversed by the umpires. James Shields faked throwing to first and threw to third, and a balk was called, which would have advanced the runners and scored a run. White Sox manager Rick Renteria came out on the field to dispute the call and was ejected because balk calls cannot be argued. But that didn’t matter because the umpires convened and reversed the call anyways. That brought out Twins manager Paul Molitor to argue, who was then also quickly ejected. Third base coach Gene Glynn had also been ejected for balk arguing, so this meant Bench Coach Derek Shelton was at the helm the rest of the game for the Twins .

The Sox added another run on in the bottom of the inning , and again in the 8th on a solo HR by Avisail Garcia off Ryan Pressly bringing the score to 6-0.

Ehire Adrianza quietly had a good game, going 4-4 while driving in the Twins only run on a two-out double in the 9th. Brian Dozier was the only other Twins batter to manage a hit on the evening.

The Twins have scored 1 run in the last 13 innings and have now lost 5 of the last 6 games.

Boxscore and Video Highlights

W: Shields (3-9)

L: Gibson (2-6)

Studs: Ehire Adrianza

Duds: Players not named Ehire Adrianza

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