MINNEAPOLIS — Jorge Polanco hit a three-run homer, one of three home runs for the Minnesota Twins against Lance Lynn, in a five-run third inning and Minnesota held on for a 6-3 win on Saturday.
First-time All-Star Luis Arraez led off the bottom of the first with a homer and Carlos Correa added a two-run shot in the third for the Twins, who had lost six of eight and saw their division lead slip to 2.5 games starting the day.
Minnesota maintained its edge over Cleveland in the American League Central and went four games ahead of Chicago.
Dylan Bundy (6-4) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings for Minnesota. In three starts against the White Sox this season, Bundy is 2-0 with four runs allowed in 15 1/3 innings. Jhoan Duran pitched two scoreless innings for his sixth save.
Lynn (1-3) struggled again. He gave up six runs on seven hits in five innings. The former Twin has allowed 19 runs over his last three starts, which started with a five-inning, five-run performance against Minnesota in Chicago on July 6.
The right-hander has a 7.50 ERA in seven starts since he was activated off the injured list. He missed the start of the season after tearing a tendon in his right knee in spring training.
The White Sox had won four games in a row.
After the Twins built a 6-0 advantage against Lynn, Chicago got an RBI groundout from José Abreu in the fourth and Andrew Vaughn supplied a two-run single in the sixth.
NOT TO BE WORN AGAIN
The Twins retired Jim Kaat’s No. 36 in a pregame ceremony. Kaat will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next weekend along with former teammate Tony Oliva, whose No. 6 was already retired by the team.
Kaat spent 15 of his 25 seasons with the franchise and had 189 of his 283 career wins with Minnesota. He’s the club’s all-time leader in wins and is second in career strikeouts (1,824). He’s the ninth person in team history to have his number retired along with Oliva, Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett, manager Tom Kelly and Joe Mauer.
White Sox: Luis Robert was out of the lineup after leaving Friday’s game with lightheadedness. Manager Tony La Russa didn’t have an update on Robert’s status before the game. … Eloy Jiménez missed his third straight game with right leg tightness but La Russa felt Jiménez could potentially pinch-hit in the game.
Twins: New scans on Ryan Jeffers’ right thumb showed a fracture and Jeffers will have surgery and miss six to eight weeks. Jeffers was placed on the 10-day injured list prior to Friday’s game after playing through the injury for multiple weeks.
RHP Dylan Cease (8-4, 2.30 ERA) will start Sunday for Chicago in the last game before the All-Star Break. Cease has allowed just three earned runs over his last nine starts and leads all starters with 13.09 strikeouts per nine innings, but he hasn’t been named to the All-Star game. Minnesota is expected to activate and start RHP Chris Archer (2-3, 3.08). Archer has been out since July 2 left hip tightness.
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