Twins fall to Sox, but maintain Wild Card spot

Twins fall to Sox, but maintain Wild Card spot

CHICAGO -- The White Sox shocked the Twins with two late runs, including a walk-off RBI single from Tim Anderson in the ninth inning in a 4-3 win on Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Minnesota maintained its lead for the second American League Wild Card spot, despite the loss..

"I wanted that moment," said Anderson, who will wear "B. Moss" on the back of his jersey for Player's Weekend, to honor of a friend who passed away. "I put the first three at-bats behind me and came up big. It was an exciting moment. I'm going to enjoy it and wear it until tomorrow."

Anderson's first walk-off hit a sign of things to come

Avisail Garcia started the rally in the ninth with a leadoff single off Trevor Hildenberger before being bunted to second. After an intentional walk, Anderson came through with his first walk-off hit of his career. It came after second baseman Yoan Moncada, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, tied the game in the eighth with an RBI double down the left-field line off lefty Taylor Rogers. Moncada was 4-for-35 hitting right-handed before his game-tying double.

Moncada's game-tying RBI double

"I've been working on my right side and trying to be more consistent," Moncada said through interpreter Billy Russo. "It's not that I'm not consistent, but that I'm not consistent enough as I am left-handed. I've been putting more work on my right-handed swing."

White Sox right-hander James Shields was solid over six innings and didn't give up a hit until allowing a solo homer to Jorge Polanco in the fourth. The Twins tacked on two more runs in the sixth on a bloop RBI single from Polanco and a wild pitch to score Joe Mauer from third.

Mauer scores on wild pitch

"It's a tough way to lose one with the position we were in there in the eighth," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "But I thought we didn't swing the bats very well. Shields did a good job of mixing his stuff and we were out front a lot. I thought we had some good matchups the last couple innings, but we couldn't put guys away with two strikes."

Normally reliable bullpen can't hold lead

Twins right-hander Ervin Santana was stuck with a no-decision after he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits over seven innings. The White Sox took an early lead in the third on a triple from Alen Hanson, who scored on the play with an errant throw to third. Chicago made it a one-run game with a solo shot from Leury Garcia in the sixth.

Santana strikes out eight

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Santana was hurt by his defense in the third, when Hanson hit a ball to right that right fielder Max Kepler bungled, as it stuck near the wall and he missed the first cutoff man. Polanco got the ball and fired to third, but it got past Eduardo Escobar and Santana wasn't backing up the play, allowing Hanson to score.

"I thought it was an easy double," Santana said. "I never thought he'd get to third. I was trying to tell Polanco not to throw it, but he didn't hear me."

Hanson's run-scoring triple

Hip, Hip, Jorge: Polanco has been on fire in August and has kept it going against the White Sox. His solo homer in the fourth tied the game and he gave the Twins with the lead with a bloop RBI single into center. Entering the series, Polanco, who will go by his childhood nickname of "Chulo," for Players Weekend, had seven career homers in 171 games and had never homered in back-to-back games, but homered in his fourth straight game. His nickname, given to him by his uncle, roughly translates to pretty boy.

"The power surge is not something you'd expect," Molitor said. "The quality of at-bats has been there for a while. It just seems like everything he hits is a home run."

"I was down in the zone the whole entire game and I think that was the first hit of the game and I happened to leave it up," Shields said. "Half the time, you make one bad pitch you get away with it but I didn't get away with it right there."

Polanco's solo home run

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"It's one of the hardest things to do, is switch over in the middle of the game, and take an at-bat on the other side. But you've got to learn that process. Same thing, left-handers tend to have more changeups. That's typically their second-best pitch, most left-handers. And that's one of the toughest pitches to hit in baseball, so that's part of the learning process of the right-handed side of his swing." -- White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson, talking pregame on Moncada batting right-handed More >

WHAT'S NEXT
Twins: Right-hander Jose Berrios (11-5, 3.99 ERA) is set to start for the Twins in the series finale on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. CT. Berrios is coming off a strong start against the D-backs, throwing seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts.

White Sox: Derek Holland (6-13, 6.28 ERA) will make his second appearance this series by making the 7:10 p.m. CT start. He allowed a three-run homer in one-third of an inning in his last outing on Monday. His 6.28 ERA ranks highest among qualified pitchers.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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