Twins beat White Sox, now sit tied for 2nd in AL Central

Jake Cave went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored and Gio Urshela also had three hits as the Minnesota Twins moved into a tie for second place in the American League Central with an 8-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night in Minneapolis.

Luis Arraez went 2-for-5 with an RBI to boost his average to .313 to move into a tie for the AL batting lead with Aaron Judge. Matt Wallner had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs while Jose Miranda went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. It was Miranda’s fourth consecutive multi-hit game.

Caleb Thielbar (4-2) retired all four batters he faced in relief of starter Josh Winder to pick up the victory for the Twins (76-79).

Josh Harrison had two hits and two runs and Jose Abreu had two hits and an RBI for Chicago (76-79), which suffered its eighth straight loss. Johnny Cueto (7-10) lost his fourth consecutive start, allowing six runs on 10 hits. He walked one and struck out seven.

Chicago took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Yasmani Grandal and a sacrifice fly by Harrison.

Minnesota started the bottom of the second with four straight hits, including an RBI single by Cave and a two-run double by Wallner to take a 3-2 lead.

The Twins made it 5-2 in the fourth on an RBI single by Wallner followed by a double-play grounder by Ryan Jeffers that drove in Cave, who had doubled.

The White Sox cut it to 5-3 in the fifth on an RBI single by Abreu. Minnesota extended its lead to 6-3 an inning later when Chicago reliever Jake Diekman walked pinch hitter Gilberto Celestino with the bases loaded.

Andrew Vaughn’s RBI single in the seventh trimmed the lead to 6-4, but Minnesota added insurance runs on an RBI double by Miranda in its half of the frame and an RBI single by Arraez in the eighth.