May strikes out 10, Twins overcome Abreu's 35th homer, beat White Sox 6-4 to end 4-game skid



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CHICAGO — Rookie Trevor May struck out a season-high 10 in six innings and the Minnesota Twins overcame Jose Abreu's 35th home run, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Sunday to end a four-game losing streak.

Trevor Plouffe and Jordan Schafer homered for the Twins.

May (3-4) was staked to an early 4-0 lead, then hung on to win his third straight start. The 6-foot-5 right-hander walked none while allowing three runs and five hits in his seventh start and longest outing so far.

Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 40 chances, despite giving up Abreu's homer.

Abreu singled and drove in two runs, giving the rookie 102 RBIs. Adrian Nieto also homered for the White Sox.

Hector Noesi (8-10) allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Kurt Suzuki had two RBIs and Eduardo Escobar drove in a run for the Twins, who rebounded to take the final game of the series.

Swept in a doubleheader Saturday, the Twins came back to win for just the second time in 10 games. Minnesota won the season series from the White Sox 10-9.

The Twins took a 2-0 lead in the second on Plouffe's homer, his 14th, and Escobar's sacrifice fly.

Schafer's two-run shot with two outs in the fourth extended Minnesota's lead to 4-0. It was his first with the Twins since joining them on Aug. 5 after being claimed on waivers from Atlanta.

May retired the first nine Chicago hitters, striking out five, before Adam Eaton reached on an infield single in the fourth.

The next three batters followed with hits to cut the lead to 4-2 as Abreu and Gillaspie drove in runs with singles.

Nieto cut it to 4-3 in the fifth with a solo shot.

The Twins added runs on Suzuki's double in the seventh and his sacrifice fly in the ninth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Rookie 1B-DH Kennys Vargas sat out his first game since making his MLB debut on Aug. 1. Vargas has seven homers and 35 RBIs in his first 41 games, but is hitless in his last three. "He's had some great at-bats," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We've been impressed." ... The Twins played their sixth game in four days.

White Sox: White Sox DH Paul Konerko said he hoped to return during the team's nine-game trip that starts Monday in Kansas City. Konerko has been sidelined since Sept. 2 with a broken left hand. He has 439 career homers and will retire in two weeks after 18 seasons, 16 with the White Sox.

UP NEXT

Twins: Minnesota hosts Detroit and ace RHP Max Scherzer (16-5, 3.19) on Monday night.

White Sox: LHP John Danks (9-11, 5.05) is set to face Royals RHP James Shields (14-7, 3.13) in Kansas City on Monday night.

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