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The Minnesota Twins will try to recover from a difficult walk-off loss and claim a series win when they finish a five-game set at the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Due in large part to Jorge Polanco’s fourth home run in as many games, the Twins built a 3-1 lead in the middle innings Wednesday night before the White Sox chipped away.
An RBI double by Yoan Moncada tied it in the eighth and Tim Anderson won it 4-3 with an RBI single in the ninth, handing Minnesota only its second loss in the last eight games. Polanco’s remarkable surge after homering three times in his first 94 games this year has given him six blasts in 14 career games at Chicago, compared to one in 86 career contests at Target Field in Minneapolis. He also singled in a run Wednesday for the Twins, who own a half-game lead for the American League’s second wild card. Jose Berrios gets the nod in the finale for Minnesota opposite veteran Derek Holland for the White Sox.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), WGN (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Jose Berrios (11-5, 3.99 ERA) vs. White Sox LH Derek Holland (6-13, 6.28)
Berrios bounced back from a pair of difficult starts to spin seven scoreless and defeat Arizona his last time out. It was his first scoreless outing since May 18 and the two hits allowed tied a season low for the 23-year-old. He defeated the White Sox with eight strong frames June 21 at home and is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA through two career meetings with the division rivals.
Holland was used in relief earlier in the series and was charged with three runs while retiring one batter, which left him with a 9.64 ERA against the Twins this year. He gave up seven runs and failed to complete three innings in each of his last two starts versus Minnesota and has just one quality start since the beginning of July. The 30-year-old, who is one loss away from setting a career high, has issued 39 walks in 64 1/3 innings at home in 2017.
1. White Sox LF/DH Nicky Delmonico reached base safely in 20 of his first 21 career games.
2. Minnesota recalled RHP John Curtiss from Triple-A Rochester and designated RHP Tim Melville.
3. White Sox 3B Matt Davidson (wrist) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday.
PREDICTION: Twins 7, White Sox 3