Reeling White Sox end homestand with 8-1 loss to Twins

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CHICAGO — A week ago, the Chicago White Sox believed they had turned around their season with a six-game winning streak.

But after dropping five of six games — including an 8-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday — the White Sox again are looking for answers.

"Extremely frustrating," Chicago first baseman Adam LaRoche said. "We are not just getting beat: we are beating ourselves and making good pitchers look great.

"It's embarrassing."

Brian Dozier homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the Twins. Dozier hit a solo shot off Jose Quintana (2-5) in the first inning and a three-run homer off Scott Carroll in the seventh for his second career multi-home run game.

Kyle Gibson (4-3) struck out eight, tying a career high, and allowed a run and four hits in eight innings.

Jose Abreu homered in the fourth inning for the White Sox, his first since May 9.

After taking the first game to extend the winning streak, the White Sox concluded the homestand with a 2-5 mark to fall into last place in the AL Central two percentage points behind the Cleveland Indians.

"We just didn't play well and they outplayed us," manager Robin Ventura said. "That much was pretty evident."

The Twins moved three percentage points ahead of the Tigers for second place in the AL Central. They improved to 15-6 in May after they went 10-12 in April and started the season 1-6.

They have won six of their past seven series and outscored the White Sox 57-26 in taking seven of 10 against Chicago.

Dozier homered on Quintana's second pitch of the game for his ninth career leadoff home run.

"Any time you take the mound with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first it's not a bad thing," Gibson said. "He (Dozier) has been swinging the bat really well, as have most of the guys in here."

The Twins scored four runs and sent nine batters to the plate in the fourth for a 5-0 lead.

Shane Robinson doubled and scored on center fielder Adam Eaton's missed catch on Joe Mauer's line drive. Mauer scored on Torii Hunter's single off Quintana's glove. A walk loaded the bases, and Eddie Rosario followed with a two-run single.

"It was a tough ball," Eaton said. "It goes up and it's kind of knuckling. The play needs to be made."

Quintana allowed seven runs (six earned) and struck out five in six innings.

ROAD TRIP

The White Sox start an 11-game road trip on Monday in Toronto and won't have a day off until June 1. "That can be a good thing," LaRoche said. "I don't think anybody wants an off-day right now. No, we want to get out there and get back on track."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Reliever Casey Fien (right shoulder strain) started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Saturday and threw a scoreless inning.

White Sox: RF Avisail Garcia returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games due to right knee inflammation. J.B. Shuck replaced Garcia as a pinch hitter in the seventh.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-1, 6.00 ERA) seeks his fifth consecutive victory when he takes the mound Monday for the series opener against the Boston Red Sox.

White Sox: RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 5.60) will start the road series opener against the Blue Jays on Monday. He is making his first start since May 9 in place of rookie Carlos Rodon, whose innings are being limited.

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