July 19, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Twins designee Nelson Cruz (23) played an indoor singles game against the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round of Doubles Game 1 on the Guaranteed Court. Required credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA Sports TODAY
Nelson Cruz hit homer in the sixth round and drove the first leg with a sacrificial fly-in in the eighth, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 win over hosts Chicago White Sox in their first doubles game Monday .
Minnesota’s Jorge Polanco added an RBI single to the top of the eighth table. Chicago’s Jose Abreu responded with a brace late in the half, but he was stuck in second base.
Luis Arraez, Ryan Jeffers and Polanco, who each scored twice for Minnesota, recorded a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-10 against the White Sox this season.
Tyler Duffey (2-2) sealed the victory with a light, goalless half. Hansel Robles made his 10th save despite a missed run on the eighth.
Chicago’s Tim Anderson scored in a third straight game and extended a run of 16 games, setting a career high. Garrett Crochet (2-5) conceded after allowing two runs (one earned) with one hit in a third of the round.
The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the third half at Anderson’s ninth home of the season, a 417-foot run to center right.
Minnesota tied it in the sixth as Cruz placed the 19th game of the season in the stands on the left. It was the 436th home run of Cruz’s career, edging past Carlos Beltran for 46th on the all-time list. Andre Dawson is 45th with 438 hometown players.
Cruz has had 15 home runs and 40 RBI runs against the White Sox over the past three seasons.
Then the Twins took a 3-1 lead at the top of the round of 16. Arraez took the lead with a single hit to send Gilberto Celestino, jostling for designated runner Jeffers, to third. Josh Donaldson then loaded the bases with the fieldman’s choice when third fighter Jake Burger used his slow roller and tried unsuccessfully to pursue Celestino straying away from the third base.
After Trevor Larnach took the shot, Cruz drove in Celestino with a fly sacrificed to cut Ryan Burr’s temper. Polanco followed with a single line to the right to drive in Arraez.
Chicago cut it to 3-2 at the end of the round on Abreu’s one-left rule double to center left, driving by Anderson, who started the round in second as the designated runner. . Robles bounced back to attack the hitter Gavin Sheets and sent Adam Engel flying out into the left court.
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