MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Lester Oliveros’ return to the majors only added to the Minnesota Twins’ pitching woes.
Oliveros made his first major league appearance since June 14, 2012 but allowed two homers in the 10th inning as the Chicago White Sox sent Minnesota to its eighth loss in 10 games.
Dayan Viciedo broke a 3-all tie in the 10th with a solo home run off Oliveros (0-1) and added his second two-run homer of the game for his first career multi-homer game as Chicago won for just the fourth time in its last 14 games.
Oliveros - one of the Twins’ September call-ups Monday - allowed three runs on three hits while getting only one out.
“He’s got a great fastball, but there’s two different levels here,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “You can get away with it down there, but you better be able to spin the ball and he didn’t really spin the ball very good here tonight. So, it was his first shot up here, first time back in a long time. He’s going to have to spin the ball a little bit better than that to make that fastball have some success.”
The Twins could be headed to another last-place finish in the AL Central, and both teams are battling each other to stay out of finishing last in the division.
However, with rookies Danny Santana and Kennys Vargas leading the way, Minnesota led the AL in scoring in August.
Vargas, the big power-hitting designated hitter, opened the scoring on Tuesday with his fifth home run into the first row in the second deck in right field, a two-run homer after Santana singled. Santana had another two hits and an RBI.
Starter Tom Milone quickly gave away the lead when Flowers connected in the top of the second inning, and Carlos Sanchez doubled home a run as part of a three-hit night.
Milone lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks.
“He had a rough time,” Gardenhire said. “The first inning was good. I think after that he just started just missing and they wouldn’t chase. I think that’s part of his game, having hitters chase his balls, the change-ups and all those things. He was just off the plate.”
Acquired from Oakland on July 31, Milone has a 7.84 with Minnesota and has only made it out of the sixth inning once in five starts. He’s allowed allowed at least three runs in his past four starts, none longer than 5 1/3 innings.
“Just falling behind hitters,” Milone said. “I need to get back to attacking, attacking the zone, staying low, just being aggressive.”
Twins SS Eduardo Escobar couldn’t shoo away a large flying insect that was hovering around his helmet during an at-bat in the fourth. It eventually landed on his neck and had to be plucked off by home plate umpire Greg Gibson.