By Rhett Bollinger and Patrick Donnelly
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dylan Covey threw 5 1/3 strong innings in his Major League debut and Matt Davidson connected on a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh to lift the White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Twins on a rainy Friday night at Target Field.
Covey, selected from the A's in the Rule 5 Draft, didn't factor into the decision, but he limited Minnesota to one run on five hits and three walks with a strikeout.
"I had some jitters in the first inning, but I was able to calm down after that," said Covey, who gave up a hit and walk to the first two batters he faced. "I just threw as many strikes as I could and let the defense work behind me, which they did."
Fellow rookie Adalberto Mejia made his second career start for the Twins and was also solid, allowing one run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. It was his second straight start against Chicago, but he fared much better than his season debut, when he lasted 1 2/3 innings.
"I felt better," Mejia said. "I felt more comfortable. I let the past be the past and was more prepared this start. I think the important thing is I was more confident."
The Twins scored early on an RBI groundout from catcher Jason Castro after Max Kepler doubled and reached third on a passed ball. But the White Sox quickly tied it in the third after loading the bases with one out, getting a run on an RBI fielder's choice grounder from Jose Abreu.
Davidson was the hero with his solo shot off Twins right-hander Ryan Pressly to lead off the seventh on a night that didn't feature much offense. Neither team had a hit with a runner in scoring position. Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam, Nate Jones and David Robertson combined to throw 3 2/3 scoreless innings for the White Sox with Robertson tossing a perfect ninth to get his second save of the year.
"A slider down and away," Davidson said of the pitch he hit out. "I was just trying to keep it in the zone, trying to get a good strike to swing at. He threw one in there and I got it."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Davidson goes deep: Davidson has mostly started against left-handed pitchers this season, but he could see more playing time with his production so far. He crushed a 2-2 slider from Pressly to right-center field for his team-leading third blast of the year. It left the bat at a game-high 105.3 mph and went a projected 404 feet, per Statcast™. It was his second straight game with a homer. More >
Castro's drive denied: With Miguel Sano at second base with two outs in the sixth, Twins catcher Jason Castro smacked a deep drive into left-center field, but Leury Garcia was able to track it down near the warning track to end the inning. The liner was the only ball hit by the Twins classified as "barreled" by Statcast™, as it left the bat at 89.4 mph with a launch angle of 27 degrees, traveling an estimated 382 feet.
"We had missed opportunities," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We had some good hitters' counts, too."
"The experience in and of itself, I hate to say it, unless you've lived it, it's hard to describe. But it's a culmination of all those things you dream about when you're a kid, and then you get there and you get an opportunity, it's a pretty special moment." -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria, on the Major League debuts of Covey and Willy Garcia
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The White Sox started an all-Garcia outfield, marking the first time in Major League history a team's three starting outfielders all had the same last name. All three collected hits, including Willy Garcia, who doubled in his first Major League at-bat in the second, but he was thrown out at third trying to stretch it to a triple.
REPLAY REVIEW Brian Dozier laced an extra-base hit into the right-center-field gap with one out in the fifth, and tried to stretch it to a triple, but was called out at third by umpire Todd Tichenor. The Twins challenged the play, but after a review, the call was upheld for the second out of the inning.
"It looked to me like the replay was inconclusive," Molitor said. "The glove got hidden there in the angles as far as when contact was made. I thought it was worth a challenge. It would've been a big overturn if we could get it."
WHAT'S NEXT White Sox: Left-hander Jose Quintana will look for his first win of the season as he takes on the Twins on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. CT. Quintana is 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA, but he held the Twins to two runs in 6 1/3 innings in his last start.
Twins: Right-hander Ervin Santana starts for the Twins against the White Sox on Saturday at Target Field. Santana is off to a great start, as he's 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and only four hits allowed in 13 innings.