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Eloy Jiménez homers on return from IL, Chicago White Sox rally 4 times to beat Minnesota Twins in 10 innings – The Denver Post

Eloy Jiménez stood by home plate and waited. And waited.

He watched to see if his towering fly ball on the left in the fourth inning on Wednesday would stay fair.

He did, resulting in a two-run home run for the Chicago White Sox against the Minnesota Twins at guaranteed rate field.

“I thought it was a foul the first time around,” Jiménez said. “And then good job.”

More than good for the Sox, who will be hoping for an offensive boost with the return of Jiménez from the injured list. He came back in the seventh with an RBI single to tie once more.

“It was one of the days when you were like, ‘Yeah, I’m back,'” Jiménez said.

Clutch shots were on display throughout the day for the Sox, who rallied four times to force extra innings. And in the 10th, Leury García led Adam Engel with a left single against reliever Jovani Moran to give the Sox a thrilling 9-8 victory in front of 18,393.

“Every day is going to be different – that’s baseball,” Jiménez said. “Sometimes you are going to score a lot of points and sometimes not. But it’s a team we can do what we did (Wednesday).

“We go out and compete and do our best and see what happens. Everyone knows we had this team that can score points. And to see that (Wednesday), it was good.”

The Sox avoided being swept by winning the final of a crucial three-game series. They sit in third place in the American League Central, 5½ games behind the division-leading Twins.

“(Playing) at home, a three-game series, you don’t want to get swept away,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “We lost a few heartbreakers in that series there (April 22-24 at Minnesota). So it’s good to be on the safe side for many reasons. Mostly because it was inspiring to see the guys refuse to quit.

Jiménez, who went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, hit one of the Sox’s three homers.

Luis Robert’s two-run homer in the fifth tied the game at 5. Andrew Vaughn’s two-run homer in the eighth tied the game at 8.

“We swung well,” Vaughn said. “It went our way a couple of times, and it was great.”

Jiménez waited a long time to contribute again. The left fielder had been on the IL since April 24 with a torn right hamstring tendon suffered the day before while trying to beat a pitch to first base against the Twins at Target Field.

“When we got the results I said, ‘It’s bad, but the good thing is that I’m going to come back,'” Jiménez said. “So I tried to do my best and now I’m here. Let’s get back to the game.

Wednesday’s game was Jiménez’s 12th of the season. He entered the day averaging .222/.256/.333 with one home run and seven RBIs.

He cut .246/.317/.351 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 17 games while on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. There was a short break during the mission when he experienced what the team called “normal leg pain”.

He showed good timing at the plate on Wednesday.

“That smile lights up everything. It was great to get him back,” La Russa said. “But when he’s productive like that, that’s exactly what we need, that shot in the middle to produce runs. That’s what inspires us.

Jiménez also put on some good defensive play, running into foul territory to chase down Luis Arraez’s fly ball with two outs and two in the seventh.

“I finally feel like I can run,” he said.

But this game was largely about offense. The slugfest, with six combined home runs, went to extra innings tied at 8.

José Ruiz induced a double play at the start of the 10th to get out of the set without awarding a point.

Engel started the bottom of 10th in second and moved to third on a passed ball as Josh Harrison walked. The Twins brought in the infield and García hit a grounder past diving third baseman Gio Urshela, setting up a Sox celebration near first base after Engel scored.

It was the second time in less than a week that García had arrived late. He got the go-ahead with a single in the ninth inning of Friday’s 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park.

“The game was on the line there and it was very good to be able to contribute,” García said through an interpreter.

After losing the first two of the series, the Sox didn’t hesitate to understand the meaning of Wednesday’s victory.

“It was huge,” said catcher Seby Zavala, who had two hits and scored a goal. “Anytime we can get a game from someone who is ahead of us in the standings, that’s big.”

Yoán Moncada day to day with bruised right foot

Third baseman Yoán Moncada came out before the seventh with a bruised right foot. The X-rays were negative, the Sox said, and he is day to day.

Moncada fouled a throw from his foot in the fourth.

Before the game, the Sox placed infielder Jake Burger (bone bruise on right hand) on the 10-day IL and right-hander Vince Velasquez (blister on his right index finger) on the 15-day IL . Pitcher Jimmy Lambert has been recalled from Charlotte.

Infielder Danny Mendick, who tore his right ACL last month, has been traded to the IL for 60 days.

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