Chris Sale went 7 1/3 innings and Alejandro De Aza hit two home runs as Chicago extinguished any chances of a final rally to get by Minnesota, 5-3. Five different White Sox had at least two hits in the victory. Minnesota posted just a .219 batting average and .236 wOBA.
The White Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when De Aza took starter Ricky Nolasco deep, scoring Jose Abreu. Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the third, the White Sox moved in front for good when Abreu hit a single off Nolasco to drive in Adam Eaton. Next, Conor Gillaspie scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.
Sale went to 1-0 on the year after he gave up three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Matt Lindstrom went one inning to successfully convert his first save of the season after giving up one hit, striking out one and walking no one. The loss went to Nolasco (0-1), who registered six innings and allowed five runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and two walks. De Aza had a strong game for the White Sox, going 2 for 4 with two home runs, two runs, and three RBIs. Abreu also had great output, going 2 for 4 with a double, a run, and an RBI. Aaron Hicks was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs in the loss.
The White Sox will face the Twins again Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field at 1:10 PM CDT.
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