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Lindstrom blows save, White Sox lose to Twins

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2014 at 7:34 pm •  Published: April 3, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Lindstrom's second outing as Chicago White Sox closer didn't go as well as his first.

Lindstrom allowed two runs in the ninth inning to squander a lead, and the White Sox lost 10-9 Thursday to the Minnesota Twins.

Named the closer on opening day, Lindstrom (0-1) saved that day's win, but he couldn't hold the 9-8 edge they had Thursday after Marcus Semien hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning off Caleb Thielbar (1-0).

With two outs in the ninth, Trevor Plouffe singled to tie it. Oswaldo Arcia's triple off the wall in center then gave Minnesota a 10-9 lead, depriving the White Sox their first 3-0 start since 1992 and handing them a tough loss on a day played in raw 37-degree weather.

"The biggest thing that I'm feeling right now is the guys battled so hard in the cold weather," Lindstrom said. "We put up some runs on the board, we came back when we were down, guys putting together great at-bats, playing good defense, so it feels bad kind of letting the team down in that sense."

Lindstrom wasn't the only White Sox reliever to struggle on a day where they couldn't hold an 8-5 lead and the offense came back from a 5-1 deficit. Along with Semien, Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn homered while Jose Abreu had four runs batted in and Tyler Flowers had four hits.

Nate Jones faced two batters in the seventh, was charged with two runs and had a relapse of the strained gluteal muscle he struggled with in spring training. Ronald Belisario gave up Josmil Pinto's tying homer in the eighth, giving Jose Quintana his first no-decision after getting 17 last year, and then Lindstrom couldn't hold the lead.

Quintana went six innings and allowed five runs — two earned.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura wasn't too concerned about the slow start of the bullpen, which also allowed four runs Wednesday.

"I think it's a pretty small sample," Ventura said. "If you look around the league, there's been a lot of stuff happening with bullpens so I'm not going to sit here and overreact to it."

Ventura gave credit to the Twins offense, and Arcia and Chris Colabello did especially well.

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