2:10 PM ET, August 3, 2014
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
Santana had five hits and four RBIs, and the Twins set season highs for runs and hits in a rain-delayed 16-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
"It was a lot of fun," Santana said.
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Santana had two hits and two RBIs in Minnesota's nine-run eighth inning, when it sent 14 batters to the plate and had nine hits against three relievers. The five hits set a season high for the center fielder, who was one off his best for RBIs set June 7 against Houston.
"He had a good day; with five hits, that's kind of an understatement," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's a nice looking player. Playing center field, he's a shortstop. He's fun."
It just got worse for Chicago in the ninth, when Chris Parmelee, Oswaldo Arcia and Eric Fryer hit consecutive homers off White Sox reliever Andre Rienzo. It was the first time the Twins had three consecutive homers since July 12, 2001, at Milwaukee.
Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer for Chicago, which was hurt by poor bullpen work. Javy Guerra (1-3), Taylor Thompson, Ronald Belisario, Eric Surkamp and Rienzo allowed a total of 15 runs and 18 hits over the final four innings.
Thompson was sent down to Triple-A Charlotte after the game.
"It seemed OK until the sixth, and after that it just got loose and you couldn't stop it," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Belisario, who served as Chicago's closer for a short stretch this season, faced four batters in the eighth and failed to record an out. He was charged with four runs, increasing his ERA to an unseemly 6.23.
"I don't know what to say," Belisario said. "They got us. I have nothing to say."
Kyle Gibson (10-8) was the beneficiary of Minnesota's big day at the plate. The 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings while improving to 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in his last four starts.
Chicago starter Jose Quintana struggled through three errors and two rain delays (for a total of 45 minutes) in the first two innings. He managed to get through five innings on 116 pitches, leaving with a 3-1 lead thanks to a three-run fourth for the White Sox.
Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double and scored on Viciedo's 13th homer.
Minnesota responded with three runs in the sixth. Eduardo Nunez had a run-scoring single before Santana's two-run double lifted the Twins to a 4-3 lead. Santana added an RBI triple and run-scoring infield hit in the eighth.
The Twins finished with 23 hits.
"Goodness gracious, up to the eighth inning it was a 4-3 ballgame then the ball starting flying all over the place," Gardenhire said.
The Twins announced during the game that they had claimed outfielder Jordan Schafer off waivers from Atlanta. Schafer, who was selected by Atlanta in the third round of the 2005 draft, was designed for assignment after the Braves acquired utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and left-hander James Russell in a trade with the Cubs on Thursday.
Gardenhire said left-hander Logan Darnell will be optioned to the minor leagues to make room for Schafer.
White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia, currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte, was hit by a pitch and removed from the Knights' game on Sunday. He was diagnosed with a bruised left triceps and is day to day. He had left shoulder surgery in April.
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 03: Danny Santana #39 of the Minnesota Twins steals second base ahead of the throw to Gordon...
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|1st||K Vargas hit by pitch, D Santana scored, T Plouffe to third, J Willingham to second.||1||0|
|4th||A Ramirez doubled to left, C Gillaspie scored.||1||1|
|4th||D Viciedo homered to left (395 feet), A Ramirez scored.||1||3|
|6th||E Nunez singled to left, C Colabello scored, E Nunez to second, E Fryer to second, E Fryer to third advancing on throw.||2||3|
|6th||D Santana doubled to deep right, E Fryer and E Nunez scored.||4||3|
|8th||D Santana tripled to deep right, E Nunez scored.||5||3|
|8th||T Plouffe singled to center, D Santana scored, B Dozier to second.||6||3|
|8th||K Vargas singled to left, B Dozier scored, T Plouffe to third, J Willingham to second.||7||3|
|8th||C Parmelee singled to center, T Plouffe scored, J Willingham to third, K Vargas to second.||8||3|
|8th||O Arcia doubled to deep right, J Willingham and K Vargas scored, C Parmelee to third.||10||3|
|8th||E Fryer grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, C Parmelee scored, O Arcia out at third.||11||3|
|8th||D Santana reached on infield single to shortstop, E Fryer scored, E Nunez to third.||12||3|
|8th||B Dozier singled to right center, E Nunez scored, D Santana to second.||13||3|
|9th||C Parmelee homered to right (369 feet).||14||3|
|9th||O Arcia homered to right (468 feet).||15||3|
|9th||E Fryer homered to left (366 feet).||16||3|
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|Stadium||U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL|
|Attendance||23,471 (57.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||81 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Sean Barber, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|
Oswaldo Arcia's ninth-inning home run at U.S. Cellular Field was calculated at 468 feet. It is the longest home run hit by a Twins hitter since ESPN began tracking home runs in 2006, and the second longest homer hit at U.S. Cellular in that same span (Jim Thome, 471 feet on 6/4/08)[+]
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