Jul 31, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Danny Santana (39) is congratulated by third baseman Trevor Plouffe (24) after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Plouffe Propels Twins to Victory

The Minnesota Twins sent Yohan Pino to the mound tonight in an effort to rebound from last night’s loss, coming with fellow rookie Logan Darnell on the hill.  An uncharacteristic offensive explosion that saw the Twins plate eight runs, was followed by another strong outing from the bats tonight.

Minnesota was able to get on the board early as Trevor Plouffe doubled to score leadoff man Danny Santana, it would be one of Plouffe’s four hits on the night.  A double play ball by Kurt Suzuki, ended up driving in Brian Dozier from third to score the game’s second run and give the Twins a 2-0 lead in the first.

Trevor Plouffe came through again in the third inning with his second double of the game, once again scoring Santana, and putting Minnesota comfortably ahead by a margin of 3-0.

A Gordon Beckham fielder’s choice in the third inning allowed Alejandro De Aza to score on put the White Sox into the run column for the first time in the game.

Minnesota quickly rebounded however, as a Chris Parmelee double play ball scored Kennys Vargas in the top of the 4th to once again put the Twins up by three, 4-1.

Alexei Ramirez answered for the White Sox in the bottom of the 4th inning with a solo shot off Pino to draw the White Sox back within two.  Chicago wasn’t done, and in the seventh inning, came out blazing.  An Adam Eaton double scored Dayan Viciedo and De Aza to tie the game, while a Beckham double then scored Eaton to give the White Sox the lead 5-4.  Before the inning was over, Ramirez single to plate Beckham and put Chicago up two, 6-4.

In the 8th inning, Minnesota rallied back.  Newly extended Kurt Suzuki singled to right scoring Trevor Plouffe.  An Oswaldo Arcia double not only saved a bat snapping occurrence, but scored both Eduardo Nunez and Suzuki for the Twins, putting them back on top 7-6.

The ninth inning saw Santana add an insurance run on his fifth home run of the year, giving the Twins an 8-6 lead.  Glen Perkins was able to come on in the bottom of the frame and close out the White Sox.  Perkins got Jose Abreu to ground out for the second out of the inning, officially ending his 21 game hitting streak.

For a full break down, check out the complete box score.

Minnesota and Chicago face off for the rubber match of the series tomorrow.  Kyle Gibson will look to follow up his stellar performance in Kansas City and will be opposed by Jose Quintana.  First pitch is set for 1:10pm central time.

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