LUIS Robert homered in the seventh inning and drove in the winning run with a ground-rule double in the ninth as the Chicago White Sox grabbed sole possession of first place in the American League Central with an 8-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night in Minneapolis.
Jose Abreu had a two-run double among his two hits, and James McCann, Nick Madrigal, Nomar Mazara and Robert also had two hits for Chicago, which won for the 12th time in 14 games and broke a first-place tie with Cleveland.
The White Sox won it with three unearned runs in the ninth off reliever Taylor Rogers (1-3), taking advantage of a drop of a routine fly ball by Max Kepler on Edwin Encarnacion’s one-out fly to right.
Lucas Giolito, making his first start for the White Sox since no-hitting the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, retired the side in order in the first to extend his hitless innings streak to 12 and his scoreless innings streak to 18 before the Twins sent eight batters to the plate in the second.
Miguel Sano went 2-for-3 with a home run and three runs scored for slumping Minnesota, which lost its sixth consecutive game.
In other games, it was the Rays 5, Yankees 3; Padres 6, Rockies 0; Marlins 5, Mets 3; Mariners 2, Angels 1; Cardinals 7, Reds 5; Braves 6, Red Sox 3; Royals 2, Indians 1; Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3 (11 innings); Phillies 8, Nationals 6; Brewers 6, Pirates 5.