Lindstrom blows save; Twins rally to edge White Sox
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter April 3, 2014 4:56PM
Updated: April 3, 2014 5:06PM
Trevor Plouffe drove in the tying run with a single, Oswaldo Arcia tripled him home for the go-ahead, and the Minnesota Twins rallied in the ninth inning against closer Matt Lindstrom and the White Sox for a 10-9 victory Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Marcus Semien had broken an 0-for-13 slump to start the season by breaking a tie in the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field against left-hander Caleb Thielbar, giving the Sox a 9-8 lead.
The Sox were trying to complete a season-opening sweep of the Twins for their first 3-0 start since 1992. The Sox had one last good chance to tie against closer Glen Perkins when pinch hitter Dayan Viciedo pop fly to right fell near the line for a double. Viciedo advanced to third on a throwing error, but Alexei Ramirez lined out to shortstop and Paul Konerko, pinch hitting for Tyler Flowers (who was 4-for-4) grounded out to third base to end the game.
Jose Abreu put an exclamation point on his impressive first weekend as a major leaguer, driving in four runs with a double and bases loaded triple, Alejandro De Aza homered for the third time in three days and Adam Dunn hit his second homer in two days.
Jose Quintana pitched six strong innings for the Sox, allowed two earned runs while striking out eight and walking three. Quintana was charged with five runs, however, because of a dropped third strike and botched rundown by the Sox infield that resulted in an obstruction call on Abreu, the Sox first baseman, in the Twins’ three-run third. Chris Colabello, who had a career-high six RBI, knocked in three with a double in that inning.
Semien, who struck out twice, walked in the sixth inning to drive in a run in the sixth. Abreu followed with a three-run triple that broke a 5-5 tie.