Stymied and stifled, the Chicago White Sox spent nearly an entire night unable to do much of anything against José Berríos.
After an uncharacteristic start last week — also against the White Sox — in which Berríos did not strike out a batter, the Twins righty began the game by striking out the side.
It was a sign of things to come.
Berríos was stingy all night, allowing just one hit and striking out 10 in his seven innings pitched. But that one hit was a costly one, and in the end, the result was the same: A Twins loss.
The Twins fell 4-1 the White Sox on Tuesday night at Target Field on a night when they didn’t do much to help themselves — or their starter — both in the field and on the bases throughout the game.
The one hit Berríos gave up, a two-run single to catcher Zack Collins in the second inning, was particularly costly after a pair of walks and a pair of errors.
On the second walk, catcher Ryan Jeffers threw the ball into the outfield trying to nab Leury García, who had broken for second before ball four was called.
Later in the inning, Miguel Sanó missed a catch on a cut off throw from Max Kepler, allowing the ball to tick away and the runner to advance.
The pair of errors put two runners in scoring position for Collins, who, with two outs, made the Twins pay for the sloppy defense.
The Twins, meanwhile, managed more hits off White Sox all-star starter Carlos Rodón, but did less with their seven hits, their only run coming in his final inning of work, the sixth, when Alex Kirilloff shot an RBI single up the middle.
Trailing by just a run in the seventh inning, the Twins put the tying run on base to begin the inning in the form of Sanó. But he ended up running himself into an out later in the inning.
On a grounder to the shortstop, Sanó broke toward third and got caught in a rundown, eventually chased down by White Sox third baseman Yoán Moncada, who stretched out his glove and applied the tag to Sanó’s back as he tried to get back to second.
The Twins could do little else in the later innings and the White Sox pulled away with a pair of runs in the eighth inning off Alexander Colomé, their former closer.