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Twins score twice in 11th and improve to 8-0 against White Sox with 8-6 win

CHICAGO, IL. – Brooks Lee and Manuel Margot delivered clutch hits in the 11th inning, propelling the Minnesota Twins to an 8-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

Lee, playing in just his sixth major league game, knocked in Max Kepler with his second RBI single of the night to break the deadlock. Shortly after, Byron Buxton sprinted home on Margot’s soft groundout, securing the win for the Twins. This victory extended their winning streak to three games and maintained their perfect 8-0 record against the struggling White Sox this season.

The 23-year-old Lee has seamlessly integrated into the Twins lineup since his debut last Wednesday, maintaining a scorching batting average of .458 (11 for 24) with hits in every game he’s played.

Pitcher Jhoan Duran (5-3) earned the win by pitching a hitless 10th inning, while Kody Funderburk secured his first career save with a perfect 11th inning outing, becoming the seventh Twins reliever of the game.

On the losing side, Jared Shuster (1-2) was charged with both runs in the 11th inning for the White Sox, who dropped to a season-worst 41 games below .500 (26-67). Chicago’s Nicky Lopez contributed with a crucial double in the eighth inning, driving in his second run of the game to tie the score at 6-6.

Carlos Correa’s towering solo homer highlighted a four-run seventh inning surge that initially put the Twins ahead 6-5. Matt Wallner’s two-run blast off Jordan Leasure had tied the game at 5-all earlier in the inning. Trevor Larnach also homered as the Twins extended their franchise-record streak to 26 consecutive games with a home run.

The game saw standout performances from players on both sides, including Byron Buxton’s three hits and an RBI, as well as Martín Maldonado’s third homer in his last three games despite his low batting average entering the contest.

In a seesaw battle, Twins starter Chris Paddack returned from the injured list and pitched five solid innings, allowing two runs and three hits. On the other hand, Chris Flexen started for the White Sox, yielding two runs and seven hits over six innings.

Looking ahead, the Twins will send Bailey Ober (8-4, 4.12 ERA) to the mound to face off against Erick Fedde (6-3, 3.13 ERA) of the White Sox in the next game on Tuesday.

(Brooks Lee lines a go-ahead single to center field, giving the Twins a 7-6 lead in the top of the 11th Photo courtesy of Twins)