The Twins lost 4-1 Monday night at Boston in the first game of a 4-game series. Jose Berrios was out-dueled by Chris Sale. Sale threw 6 1/3 innings with 1 earned run allowed to get the win and improve to 10-3.
The Twins fall to 2.5 games behind the Indians in the American League Central standings with the loss. They will begin a series at Cleveland on Friday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 on AM 1240 WJON.
Ervin Santana struggled for the Twins, but was supported enough by the offense to pick up his ninth win of the season. Santana went just five innings and allowed six runs on ten hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
Chris Giminez had his first career two-home run game for Minnesota, and Eduardo Escobar continued his recent hot streak with three hits, including a home run. Escobar is 13-23 in the last week with three home runs and eight runs batted in.