May Finding His Groove, Stikes Out 10 As Twins Beat White Sox 6-4
CHICAGO -- Minnesota Twins rookie Trevor May came out sizzling, pitching three perfect innings and striking out five.
But he had to refocus on being aggressive to get deeper into the game against the Chicago White Sox.
May struck out a season-high 10 in six innings and Minnesota overcame Jose Abreu's 35th home run, beating Chicago 6-4 to end a four-game losing streak.
"I've always kind of been a strikeout guy," May said. "Getting those first couple of strikes and then giving them some of my best stuff has translated into swings and misses."
May (3-4) was staked to an early 4-0 lead, then hung on to win his third straight start. The 6-foot-5, 24-year-old walked none while allowing three runs and five hits in his seventh start and longest outing so far.
Adam Eaton reached on an infield single in the fourth to end May's streak. The next three batters followed with hits to cut the lead to 4-2 as Abreu and Conor Gillaspie drove in runs with singles.
After pitching coach Rick Anderson visited the mound, May struck out the next three Chicago batters.
Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 40 chances, despite giving up Abreu's homer.
Abreu tied the White Sox rookie record for homers, set by Ron Kittle with 35 in 1983. Abreu singled and drove in two runs, giving the rookie 102 RBIs.
Abreu's homer was his second in two games, but he before that he hadn't hit one since Aug. 22 at the New York Yankees.
Adrian Nieto also homered for the White Sox.
Trevor Plouffe and Jordan Schafer homered for the Twins.
Hector Noesi (8-10) allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Kurt Suzuki had two RBIs and Eduardo Escobar drove in a run for the Twins, who rebounded to take the final game of the series.
Swept in a doubleheader Saturday, the Twins came back to win for just the second time in 10 games. Minnesota won the season series from the White Sox 10-9.
The Twins took a 2-0 lead in the second on Plouffe's homer, his 14th, and Escobar's sacrifice fly.
Schafer's two-run shot with two outs in the fourth extended Minnesota's lead to 4-0. It was his first with the Twins since joining them on Aug. 5 after being claimed on waivers from Atlanta.
After the White Sox closed to 4-2, Nieto hit a solo homer in the fifth.
The Twins added runs on Suzuki's double in the seventh and his sacrifice fly in the ninth.
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