Twins’ rally falls short against division-leading White Sox

CHICAGO — After waiting a whole night for rain that never really came a day earlier — and with ominous clouds starting to hover above — Josh Donaldson did his best to bring the rain himself early Tuesday night. The self-proclaimed “Bringer of Rain,” gave the Twins a two-run lead just minutes into the game […]

Twins’ rally falls short against division-leading White Sox

CHICAGO — After waiting a whole night for rain that never really came a day earlier — and with ominous clouds starting to hover above — Josh Donaldson did his best to bring the rain himself early Tuesday night.

The self-proclaimed “Bringer of Rain,” gave the Twins a two-run lead just minutes into the game with his 12th home run of the season. But Donaldson’s early-inning power display and a late comeback attempt was not enough for the Twins on a night where starter Kenta Maeda had issues finding the strike zone.

In the first of a now three-game series after Monday night’s postponement, the Twins fell 7-6 to the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in a game that was briefly delayed by rain. It was the first test of 10 in the next month to make up ground on the division-leading White Sox, and the Twins came up just short.

Maeda, who was first scheduled to start on Saturday before that game was washed out at Target Field, and was then supposed to start on Monday, struggled to find the strike zone and it eventually caught up with him.

The starter issued three walks in the 30-pitch first inning — and five total — in his 4 2/3-inning outing. And while the White Sox (46-32) didn’t make him pay early, scoring just a run in that first inning, it did catch up to him late.

Maeda was chased out of the game as part of Chicago’s four-run fifth inning, one in which the White Sox collected five hits off Maeda and Danny Coulombe to build what would become an insurmountable lead. Maeda gave up seven runs in total in the loss.

The Twins (33-44), who were mostly quieted by White Sox starter Lucas Giolito after Donaldson’s blast, did score one more run off him before his departure and another two off reliever Evan Marshall in the seventh inning. But it wasn’t enough, as the Twins dropped to 12 ½ games behind the White Sox.

It’s a disappointing start to a critical series for the Twins, who entered the day winners of seven of their past nine games and scored four unanswered runs before coming up just short, leaving Max Kepler at third to end the game.