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Twins Pound White Sox 8-2 Behind 5 Home Runs

White Sox pitching surrendered 5 home runs in an ugly 8-2 loss to the Twins at home on Tuesday night.

Max Kepler Minnesota Twins Chicago White Sox
Photo: AP Photo/Paul Beaty

The Chicago White Sox bats went lifeless once again against the Minnesota Twins and Michael Kopech struggled in the latest loss. The Sox racked up 10 hits against Twins pitching but only two of them went for extra bases. The South Siders have dropped the first two contests of the three-game set against the Twins at home. Minnesota homered five times and crushed the White Sox 8-2 on Tuesday night.

Tough Night for Kopech

Kopech allowed five home runs in his first 14 starts and none in his first seven home starts. Things went sour quickly for the righty last night. He surrendered six runs on eight hits — both season highs — over 4.2 innings to lose his fourth straight start. It was one of the worst performances by a White Sox pitcher in 2022. His ERA rose from 1.92 to 3.34.

Josh Winder, recalled from Triple-A St. Paul, gave up two runs on seven hits in his fifth start for Minnesota. Winder pitched five strong innings on short notice when scheduled starter Chris Archer went on the 15-day injured list. He issued two walks and fanned three.

Ball Go Far, Team Go Far

Max Kepler opened the scoring in the third inning with a solo homer.

Jose Miranda followed with a two-run homer in the fourth to make it 3-0. Alex Kirilloff and Jorge Polanco went back to back in a three-run fifth that chased Kopech. Kiriloff added a two-run shot off Vince Velasquez in the seventh.

The Sox only runs came on a double by Yoan Moncada that plated Luis Robert in the fourth. They added a second run when Tim Anderson grounded into a fielder’s choice in the fifth frame.

Notes

Minnesota improved to 5-0 against the reigning division champions.

The game was delayed 35 minutes in the bottom of the eighth because of rain.

The four home runs Kopech allowed matched his career-high.

AJ Pollock was ejected in the ninth for arguing a called third strike.

Eloy Jimenez could be activated from the injured list on Wednesday, skipper Tony La Russa said.

Yasmani Grandal will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday.

What’s On Tap Next?

The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins will play the series finale on the South Side at 1:10 PM CT Wednesday. Lance Lynn will toe the rubber for the Pale Hose and Minnesota will send Joe Ryan to the bump. You can watch it all on NBC Sports Chicago. Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.

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