MINNEAPOLIS — Chris Sale tied a season high with 12 strikeouts in eight dominant innings, Alexei Ramirez hit his 10th homer, and the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota 7-0 on Saturday night for their third straight win over the Twins.
Sale (10-1) scattered five hits — all singles — and became the first White Sox starter to win 10 of his first 11 decisions in a season since Mark Buehrle in 2005. It was also Sale’s 15th career game with 10 or more strikeouts, moving him into a tie for second on the team’s all-time list with Juan Pizarro.
Chicago had its way against Twins starter Logan Darnell (0-1) in his first major league start. A day after being recalled to fill in for injured Kyle Gibson, Darnell allowed seven runs and 11 hits while striking out seven in five innings.
Daniel Webb pitched a scoreless ninth for Chicago, which has won seven of its last 10 games.
With the White Sox leading 2-0 in the fifth and Gordon Beckham on first, Ramirez hit his second homer in two nights when his drive off a changeup from Darnell hit off the foul pole in left field. The White Sox led off the next inning with four straight hits — including a run-scoring double by Tyler Flowers and an RBI single by Alejandro De Aza — to chase Darnell.
Beckham’s sacrifice fly to center off Ryan Pressly scored Flowers to made it 7-0.
The Twins are 2-7 since the All-Star break.
NOTES: Jose Abreu singled in the ninth to push his hitting streak to 16 games. He’s hit safely in 34 of his last 35 games overall. … Twins GM Terry Ryan said Gibson (back) should start Tuesday at Kansas City. … White Sox manager Robin Ventura sounded optimistic that OF Avisail Garcia (shoulder) would play again this season, possibly by September. “It’s pretty amazing, just his recovery time and how he looks and how healthy he looks,” he said. Ventura also said RHP Matt Lindstrom is expected to throw a simulated game on Tuesday at Detroit. … Twins 1B Joe Mauer (strained oblique) took grounders during batting practice, but did not take any swings. Manager Ron Gardenhire also said RHP Ricky Nolasco (elbow) is expected to throw three or four bullpen sessions over the next week. … White Sox RHP Scott Carroll (4-6), who is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his last three starts, makes his second career appearance against Minnesota when Chicago goes for the four-game sweep on Sunday. Minnesota sends Yohan Pino (1-3) to the mound to make his seventh start of the season.