By: Matt Carlson/Associated Press (Photo courtesy of Matt Marton)
CHICAGO (AP) — Ross Detwiler surfaced from the depths of professional baseball to give the Chicago White Sox a boost in their thinned-out rotation.
Detwiler pitched five effective innings for his first win in nearly three years and Chicago beat the Minnesota 6-4 on Friday night to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Twins.
A journeyman left-hander, Detwiler (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits after the injury-depleted White Sox purchased the 33-year-old's contract from Triple-A Charlotte. His previous big league win was on Sept. 18, 2016 as a member of the Oakland Athletics.
"This is awesome, especially to do it here in Chicago," Detwiler said. "I've been back to the minors a little bit and Indie ball. It's been a tough road, but you know, we're here."
Detwiler started the season with the York (Pennsylvania) Revolution of the independent Atlantic League. He signed a minor league contact May 9 and reported to Charlotte.
Detwiler pitched in one game, with Seattle, in the majors last year and allowed three runs in six innings during a loss against Houston in August. He entered 23-42 with a 4.36 ERA over 10 seasons with six major league teams and was 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA in eight starts with Charlotte this year.
"Everybody's path is different," manager Rick Renteria said. "With what he's gone through, I thought he did a great job today."
James McCann and Eloy Jiménez each hit long, two-run homers, and Jon Jay and José Abreu added RBI singles during a two-run fifth that put Chicago ahead for good. The White Sox have won two straight after losing seven of nine.
Miguel Sanó hit a pair of two-run shots for his fifth career multihomer game. His second drive, off Kelvin Herrera in the ninth, cut it to 6-4.
Alex Colomé entered and got the final three outs for his 17th save.
Minnesota's José Berríos (8-4) allowed six runs (three earned) and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings. The righty pitched into the eighth after the Twins lost 5-2 in 18 innings Thursday and was lifted after Jiménez's 13th homer made it 6-2. |
"I gave the team a chance to win," Berríos said. "It's always going to hurt when we lose, for me, for everyone here. But I need to take a good point for me: the bullpen rested a little bit tonight."
McCann lofted the first pitch he saw over the center field fence for his ninth homer and a 2-0 Chicago lead in the first.
With two outs in the second, Sanó's 10th homer tied it.
The Twins loaded the bases on three straight walks in the seventh, but José Rondón snared Jorge Polanco's hard grounder at third to start a double play.