Colabello’s 6 RBIs, Arcia’s 1st Hit Give Twins 1st Win
Chris Colabello had a career-high six RBIs and doubled twice, Arcia hit a go-ahead triple in the ninth inning, and the Twins avoided a season-opening sweep with a 10-9 comeback win Thursday over the Chicago White Sox.
Manager Ron Gardenhire got his 999th career victory, and Glen Perkins picked up his first save after squandering the lead Wednesday.
On Thursday, it was the White Sox who couldn't finish.
Trailing 9-8 heading into the ninth after Marcus Semien homered in the bottom of the eighth off Caleb Thielbar (1-0), the Twins scored twice off Chicago closer Matt Lindstrom (0-1), who blew his first save chance in two opportunities. Trevor Plouffe singled with two outs in the ninth to tie the game before Arcia's triple off the wall in center gave Minnesota a 10-9 lead.
Arcia had been 0-for-13, but his empty start ended at the best time for Minnesota.
Colabello's three-run double in the third gave Minnesota a 3-1 edge, and his fifth-inning double off Jose Quintana gave the Twins a 5-1 lead. He also had an RBI groundout in the seventh to complete a career game when the raw conditions (37 degrees at game time) were challenging.
What Colabello and Arcia did helped the Twins win in starter Phil Hughes' debut.
Signed by the Twins to a three-year, $24 million contract after seven years with the Yankees, he lasted five innings in his debut and allowed four runs, seven hits and two home runs while striking out seven.
Over his last two seasons with the Yankees, Hughes gave up 59 home runs. The two he allowed Thursday were to Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn, but he left with a 5-4 lead.
Jose Abreu, signed to a six-year, $68 million contract, helped erase that lead. He went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and four RBIs. His fifth-inning double cut the Twins' lead to 5-2, and then his bases-loaded triple against Anthony Swarzak gave the White Sox an 8-5 edge in the sixth.
De Aza's home run was his third of the season, and Dunn's tied Dave Kingman for 38th all-time with 442, while Tyler Flowers had a career-high four hits.
That put Quintana in position for his first win of the year after he went six innings and allowed five runs -- two earned.
He got that no-decision when Josmil Pinto homered in the eighth off Ronald Belisario, and the White Sox lost in the ninth when Lindstrom allowed two runs.
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