Twins get outscored 44-21 on 1-5 trip
CHICAGO — An awful start for the Minnesota Twins got worse.
Jose Quintana pitched seven innings of one-run ball and Austin Jackson hit a go-ahead double in the fifth that led the White Sox over the Twins 3-1 on Sunday and completed Chicago's fourth series sweep this season.
Minnesota went 1-5 on its trip, getting outscored 44-21.
"Bad outcome to wrap up kind of a tough trip for us in a lot of ways," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
The Twins (8-23) are 0-6 against the White Sox and dropped 13 1/2 games behind AL Central-leading Chicago.
Tyler Duffey became the first Twins pitcher in nearly four years to strike out four batters in an inning, but Avisail Garcia reached on a wild pitch during the seventh and scored on Dioner Navarro's double for the game's final run.
Duffey (0-2) struck out a career-best nine, while allowing six hits in seven innings.
"We're at the point that we are looking for some encouraging points to what we're doing," Molitor said. "For Duff to step up today and give us seven innings, it was solid and certainly gave a lot of guys a little relief in the bullpen."
Minnesota has lost five straight games and nine of 10.
"I think we will turn it around," third baseman Trevor Plouffe said. "We made some strides, but we're back to playing poor baseball. Bottom line is, we've got to play better."
Quintana (5-1) gave up six hits, struck out five and lowered his ERA to 1.38. David Robertson pitched a hitless ninth for his 10th save in 11 tries as the White Sox (22-10) completed a three-game sweep and moved 12 games above .500 for the first time since September 2012.
Eddie Rosario singled in the third and scored on Jorge Polanco's groundout.
Quintana got out of a jam in the first, when he trouble locating his curveball, and settled down for his 11th quality start in 12 outings.
"I started a little slow," Quintana said. "After that I felt better with my command."
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (hamstring) didn't start for the third straight game and catcher Kurt Suzuki (neck) was available only in an emergency after taking a foul ball off the mask Saturday. Byung Ho Park (knee) returned after leaving Saturday's game.
Duffey retired his first six batters on 19 pitches and faced the minimum nine through three thanks to a double-play grounder.
But Adam Eaton walked leading off the fourth and scored the tying run on Frazier's groundout.
Twins:Plouffe aggravated a chest muscle injury that put him on the disabled list last month, but didn't think it would keep him out. . Dozier pinch hit in the ninth and walked. . LHP Glen Perkins (shoulder) is playing catch at 60 feet. . RHP Kyle Gibson (shoulder) could throw off a mound soon.
Sale way too much for Twins
CHICAGO — Chris Sale couldn't find the plate and the Minnesota Twins pounced for two runs in the first inning.
Then the Chicago White Sox ace found his stride, and the last-place, injury-riddled Twins stood no chance.
Sale (7-0) retired 19 of the final 20 batters he faced and struck out nine over seven innings to become the majors' first seven-game winner. Todd Frazier homered and drove in two runs, and the White Sox beat the reeling Twins 7-2 on Saturday night.
Dioner Navarro had three hits and scored the go-ahead run in the fourth for the White Sox, who handed the frustrated Twins their eighth loss in nine games.
"Everything is going their way right now," Twins starter Ervin Santana said of the White Sox (21-10). "For me, you just have to work hard and one day it will turn for us. Let's see if they can handle it later."
Santana (0-2) returned from the disabled list, but the right-hander lasted only 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and seven hits while coughing up Minnesota's early lead.
Frazier's homer came on an 0-2 pitch to lead off the third.
"It was where I wanted it, inside," Santana said. "They're tough right now."
An overthrowing Sale hit Byung Ho Park in the right knee with a pitch to load the bases, then walked Oswaldo Arcia and hit Jorge Polanco to force in two runs. Sale banged the baseball on the side of his head in frustration.