The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

June 23, 2014

Twins sweep White Sox

By Al Schoch AP Sports Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — MINNEAPOLIS — John Danks blamed himself for the very end of a disappointing stay in Minnesota.

Gordon Beckham and Jose Abreu had two RBIs apiece, but Danks struggled through five-plus innings as the Chicago White Sox lost 6-5 to the Twins on Sunday.

Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham each drove in two runs for Minnesota, which completed its first four-game sweep of the White Sox in 20 years. Kurt Suzuki had three hits.

Chicago grabbed the lead with five runs in the third inning, and Danks retired the Twins in order in the bottom half. But the Twins went ahead to stay with three runs in the fourth.

“I went out there and get us right back in the dugout, unfortunately I give it right back,” Danks said.

Brian Dozier and Mauer each singled home a run before Willingham’s sacrifice fly gave the Twins a 6-5 lead. Danks (6-6) then got Kendrys Morales to ground out to end the inning, but the damage was done.

Danks allowed 10 hits and walked four.

“Can’t blame anyone else but me on this one, these guys did plenty to win a ballgame,” he said.

The White Sox have lost eight of 10. They came into the series just 4 1/2 games out of first in the tight AL Central.

Instead, Chicago (35-41) leaves town in last place, two back of Minnesota in fourth. The White Sox trail Central-leading Detroit by seven.

Next up is a trip to Baltimore for a three-game series that begins Monday night.

“You have to keep it simple, you have to forget the bad stuff and think about the good stuff and go from there,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Sox lose on walk-off Saturday MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- With the bases loaded and the game tied, the Minnesota Twins turned a superb double play off a tough ground ball from Conor Gillaspie to end the top of the ninth. Brian Dozier's RBI-single with two outs in the bottom of the inning lifted the Twins to a 5-4 victory over the White Sox on Friday night. "It was nice to have the ninth inning, fight our way back in," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "But we put a couple guys on, makes it extra tough to be able to hold on."