Sonny Gray closed on Gerrit Cole for the AL ERA lead, Edouard Julien and Jorge Polanco homered and the AL Central-leading Twins beat the White Sox 4-0 on Sunday.
Minnesota (79-71), nearing its third division title in five seasons, leads second-place Cleveland (72-78) by 7 games with 12 games remaining.
Gray (8-7) lowered his ERA from 2.96 to 2.84, just behind Cole, who leads the AL at 2.81 for the New York Yankees. Gray gave up 5 hits in 7 innings, struck out six and walked none, ending a three-start winless streak.
“That was a good way to finish the series,” acting manager Jayce Tingler said after the Twins took three of four from Chicago. “Sonny kind of came out from the get-go and set the tone.”
Gray allowed leadoff doubles in the fourth and six innings, then retired three straight both times.
“That’s a time to buckle down more than any time in the game,” Gray said.
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