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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 20: Max Kepler #26 of the Minnesota Twins hits a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning of the game on August 20, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS  – It hasn’t happened every time they’ve faced them, but when the Twins’ bats erupt against the White Sox, they erupt.

In three previous meetings this season, Minnesota scored more than ten runs in victories over their division rivals from Chicago. Two of those came in the team’s last series against each other in late July.

Tuesday was another one of those times where the Twins’ prolific offense came alive when they faced the White Sox, even if it did take a bit of time to get going.

Minnesota shook off an early 3-0 lead from the visitors and turned the game into a rout, crushing 14 hits in a 14-4 victory. They hit three homers with Nelson Cruz and Max Kepler each getting three RBI each in their biggest offensive performance against the White Sox this season.

It wasn’t like previous games, where the Twins started hitting early and often. Eleven of the 14 runs came in the fifth inning and after, with seven coming in a huge 8th inning for the hosts. It ties the series between the teams at one as they head towards the finale on Wednesday at 12:10 PM.

White Sox fans are hoping that won’t be another incredible display of power by Minnesota, who came into Tuesday night’s game leading the league in homers (241) while also being third in runs scored (726). It hasn’t been pretty most of the times the Twins have come up against them in 2019, starting with the first series at Target Field May 24-26.

Minnesota had 11 runs in the opening game then followed it with eight and seven, respectively, in a series sweep. In Chicago in late June, the Twins got ten runs in a game on June 29th though lost that three-game series.

They hit double-digits once again at Guaranteed Rate Field in a four-game series in late July, getting 10 on July 25th then 11 on the 28th in taking 3-of-4 games in that series.

After holding the Twins to just four runs in a victory Monday, the White Sox looked on their way to another when Tim Anderson’s RBI double in the second then a two-run homer by Jose Abreu in the third put them up 3-0.

But the White Sox staff couldn’t hold it as Reynaldo Lopez gave two back in the bottom of the third on a two-run homer by Kepler then the tying run on a Cruz homer in the fourth. In the fifth, the starter was able to get the first two outs of the inning before a single, error, hit batsman, then two-straight hits plated four runs to make it 7-3.

Anderson’s homer in the sixth got the lead to 7-4, where it stayed till a disastrous eighth inning. Minnesota got eight hits and seven runs to blow the game open, reach double digits again when facing their rival in 2019.

 

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