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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers to the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Saturday.

Sale shuts down Twins in White Sox’s 7-0 win

MINNEAPOLIS – Chris Sale tied a season high with 12 strikeouts in eight dominant innings, Alexei Ramirez hit his 10th homer, and the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota 7-0 on Saturday night for their third straight win over the Twins.

Sale (10-1) scattered five hits – all singles – and became the first White Sox starter to win 10 of his first 11 decisions in a season since Mark Buehrle in 2005. It was also Sale’s 15th career game with 10 or more strikeouts, moving him into a tie for second on the team’s all-time list with Juan Pizarro.

Chicago had its way against Twins starter Logan Darnell (0-1) in his first major league start. A day after being recalled to fill in for injured Kyle Gibson, Darnell allowed seven runs and 11 hits while striking out seven in five innings.

Daniel Webb pitched a scoreless ninth for Chicago, which has won seven of its last 10 games.

With the White Sox leading 2-0 in the fifth and Gordon Beckham on first, Ramirez hit his second homer in two nights when his drive off a changeup from Darnell hit off the foul pole in left field. The White Sox led off the next inning with four straight hits – including a run-scoring double by Tyler Flowers and an RBI single by Alejandro De Aza – to chase Darnell.

Beckham’s sacrifice fly to center off Ryan Pressly scored Flowers to made it 7-0.

The Twins are 2-7 since the All-Star break.

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