Shark shows bite as Sox sink Twins, end skid

Shark shows bite as Sox sink Twins, end skid

Chicago -- Right fielder J.B. Shuck wasn't supposed to start Friday night, but his sacrifice fly to deep center in the eighth inning proved to be the go-ahead run in Chicago's 3-2 victory over the Indians.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura scratched right fielder Avisail Garcia with right knee inflammation after batting practice, replacing him with Shuck at the last minute. Shuck finished with two hits and a run scored on top of his sacrifice fly.

Shuck's go-ahead sac fly

The go-ahead run came late into the game as the White Sox struggled to plate runners against Minnesota's Phil Hughes. The right-hander allowed just two runs but gave up eight hits in seven innings of work.

"Really the whole inning comes down to that Shuck dribbler that I looked like a typical pitcher on," Hughes said. "I booted it and it prolongs that inning and I eventually give up a ground ball down the line."

Hughes didn't get much help from his offense after the first inning, as Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija didn't allow a hit after the second inning. Samardzija struck out nine in eight innings before reliever David Robertson finished with the save, ending a three-game losing streak.

Robertson earns the save

"It was a great team win," Shuck said. "Everybody had a little role in it. Samardzija did a great job, after the first inning, of just shutting them down, giving us a chance. We had some big at-bats and everybody came through today."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Soto smacks: Despite hitting .170 entering Friday's game, White Sox catcher Geovany Soto hit a two-RBI double down the third base line in the fourth inning to tie the game. Soto went 2-for-4 in his first start since Sunday in Oakland.

Soto's two-run double

Hicks makes sensational catch: With two runners on and two outs in the second, White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez hit a sinking liner to center field that was snared by Aaron Hicks, who made a diving play to end the inning and robbed the White Sox of at least one run.

"It was tremendous," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "Shading the other way, getting a good jump on the ball, closing the gap, extending. All you can ask for from a center fielder to keep a zero on the board."

Hicks' run-saving catch

Samardzija strikes: After he allowed two earned runs to begin the game, Samardzija retired 17 straight batters from the second inning until he surrendered a walk in the seventh. Samardzija's streak was the best by a Chicago starter this season. More >

Ventura on Samardzija's start

Mauer's steal leads to a run: After bringing home Torii Hunter with a double to left-center in the first inning, Joe Mauer made a smart baserunning decision, as he stole third without a throw after Samardzija failed to look back at him. It was his first steal of the year, and he promptly scored on a sacrifice fly from Trevor Plouffe to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.

Mauer's RBI double

QUOTABLE
"I think he feels better about the way he's going out there and competing right now. The game in Oakland he was strong, for him I know he feels he wants to go 8, 9 every night. That's the kind of guy you want going out there." --Manager Robin Ventura on Samardzija's approach in recent outings.

"The last inning he was throwing 95-96. What the heck. That's a football player from Notre Dame." --Hunter on Samardzija; Hunter's son, Torii Hunter Jr., is currently a receiver for Notre Dame just like Samardzija was from 2003-06

ABREU KEEPS ON STREAKING
Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a one-out single in the fifth. Abreu has 21 hits in those 17 games, with 18 singles, two doubles and one homer.

WHAT'S NEXT
Twins: Right-hander Trevor May takes the mound at 3:10 p.m. CT for the Twins in the second game of the three-game set against the White Sox. May is coming off a quality start, as he gave up three runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Rays on Saturday.

Home team: The White Sox turn to starter Chris Sale, who has lasted eight innings in back-to-back starts with 18 strikeouts.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. Greg Garno is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.