Matt Davidson came to the plate in the fifth inning with the bases loaded against Twins’ starter Jose Berrios. The big man got behind 1-2 and ended up grounding out to third base to kill the threat.
Davidson got another crack at a two-out bases loaded opportunity in the seventh, but was overpowered by Twins’ reliever Ryan Pressly. He struck out Davidson on three grade-A pitches to end the rally.
The Sox did get out to an early lead when Jose Abreu hit a hanging breaking ball into the left field bleachers for a two-run homer.
The Twins came back with two of their own in the top of the second, taking advantage of a struggling Carson Fulmer.
Fulmer allowed four solo shots in just 3 2⁄3 innings. His command was largely different than his last two starts, falling behind hitters and walking two this time out.
Aaron Bummer gave up one earned run, but the combination of Chris Volstad, recent call-up Jace Fry, Joakim Soria and Chris Beck pitched shutout baseball in relief.
Yolmer Sanchez and Abreu added three hits apiece for the Sox offense, and Leury Garcia added a home run in the fourth, but that was about it.
Garcia also threw out Jason Castro at home after a questionable send from the Twins’ third base coach.
Yoan Moncada was forced to leave the game with left hamstring tightness and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. I wouldn’t be shocked if he ended up on the DL. It would stink, but he seems a bit too banged up to be playing on a daily basis.
The Sox dropped to 9-21 and will roll with Hector Santiago tomorrow night.