Despite another promising start from left-handed pitcher Scott Diamond, the Minnesota Twins couldn't find a way to sneak past the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a 3-2 series-ending loss.
The 26-year-old Diamond scattered eight hits over 7.1 innings of three-run ball to give his team a chance, but was struck on the leg by a line drive in the eighth inning that not only scored the decisive run but also forced him to the locker room after 93 pitches. Though the 6-foot-3 Canadian-born hurler appeared to have avoided a serious injury, he ended up taking the loss to fall to 9-5 on the season and will continue to be evaluated by team doctors.
A legitimate spark plug as of late for Ron Gardenhire, Twins outfielder Ben Revere extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games in the opening inning, and put forth a 2-for-4 performance that also included his 25th stolen base of the year. Revere is now hitting a stellar .319 in his sophomore campaign and has raised his on-base percentage by more than 40 points from last season.
Unable to mount a late comeback with runners in scoring position against Chicago starter Jake Peavy, who went eight extremely strong innings with eight strikeouts to move to 9-7 on the year, the Twins will now be forced to play a four-game series away from home against the Boston Red Sox that begins Thursday.
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