CHICAGO — For the second straight night, things escalated in a hurry as the Twins watched a game that they had a late lead in slip away.
On Monday night, the Twins watched as Gavin Sheets’ three-run home run traveled through the dark Chicago sky and disappeared into the right field seats, sending the White Sox to a walk-off win in a game the Twins had controlled since the early innings.
On Tuesday, they watched as José Abreu’s eighth-inning, three-run bomb off Hansel Robles hurtled toward the left field stands, sinking a rally that had given the Twins a late, and slim, lead.
After taking their first lead of the night in the top of the eighth inning, things spiraled away in the bottom of the frame, and the Twins fell 9-5 to the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Jorge Polanco’s two-run home run, which just cleared the wall in right field, provided the Twins with a lead that would stand for just minutes. The Twins turned to Jorge Alcala to protect that slim advantage in the bottom of the inning.
He couldn’t. After striking out the first batter he faced, Alcala issued walks to the next two batters. A single from pinch hitter Andrew Vaughn tied the game, ending Alcala’s night.
To try to get out of the jam, the Twins (40-55) turned to Robles, who after striking out the first batter he faced ran into trouble, as well. A sharp Billy Hamilton single to left gave the White Sox (58-37) the lead before Abreu’s three-run home run put the nail in the Twins’ coffin.
Starter Bailey Ober took a no-decision in the loss after his five-inning effort. He faced trouble immediately, allowing a pair of runs in the first inning — one unearned — on three hits and an error. He cruised through a four-pitch second inning before surrendering a two-run home run to Yoán Moncada in the third.
But Ober capped it off with a pair of scoreless innings to finish off his outing, his first start since July 10, which also came against the White Sox.
Luis Arraez, who slipped while trying to play an Abreu ball hit to left, appeared to be limping after he got up to chase after it. He was removed from the game shortly after with right knee soreness and is day to day.