CHICAGO ( Associated Press) — Alex Kiriloff hit two of Minnesota’s five home runs, George Polanco hit home for the second time on his birthday, and the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 Tuesday night.
It was the second time Kirilloff had scored more than one home run in a game during his career.
His first homer came shortly after Polanco hit a struggling Michael Kopech (2-6) during his fifth innings of three runs.
In the seventh, Kirilloff struck a two-round blow to Vince Velasquez.
Max Kepler and Jose Miranda also hit home runs for American League Central-leading Minnesota, falling down from the high of their season by one home run.
Josh Winder (4-2) played five solid innings on an unexpected start when Chris Archer was included on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip.
Minnesota improved to 5–0 against the defending division champions.
The game was interrupted in 35 minutes at the end of the eighth inning due to rain. Till then, the twins were enjoying a comfortable lead.
For the Twins, Venezuela’s Luis Arraz 5-1. Puerto Rican Carlos Correa 4-0, Jose Miranda 5-1 with one run and two RBIs. Dominican Polanco scored 3-1 and two RBIs, Gary Sanchez 3-1, Gilberto Celestino 4-1.
For the White Sox, Cubans’ Luis Robert scored 3-2 with a run, Jose Abreu 4-1, Yoan Moncada 4-1.