Bad game ends a bad week for White Sox, who lose 13-3 to Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS — Erratic throws rolled into the outfield, pitches skipped in the dirt, and fielders dropped balls and failed to cover bases.

It was a bad game and a fitting end to a bad week for the White Sox.

The White Sox had two games postponed and one that admitted no fans because of the riots in Baltimore. Then they came to Minnesota, where they allowed double-digit runs twice, were shut out once and had four errors in Sunday's 13-3 loss as the Twins completed a four-game sweep.

"It's a bad week, there's no way around it," said Robin Ventura, who had to deal with a short roster because several players were battling a flu-like illness. One of them, Adam Eaton, became sick last week and missed the last three games of the series.

"A lot of guys are battling through stuff, but you have to be better. You can't go out there and lay an egg like that," Ventura added.

The White Sox did get one break. The game ended not long before a heavy storm dumped pea-sized hailstones all over Target Field.

Things started out reasonably well when White Sox starter John Danks struck out the side in the first and stranded two runners in the second. The left-hander fell apart in the third, committing two throwing errors himself and giving up Trevor Plouffe's first major league grand slam.

"It's pretty awful," Danks said. "I set the tone. I didn't give us a chance to win from the start."

Chicago has lost five in a row and dropped to 8-14 following the lost week.

"It was weird," said Geovany Soto. "I feel that it's in the past. We got an off day, the next day, Detroit (at home). Let's go get 'em."

Brian Dozier added a career-high four hits as the Twins won for the seventh time in nine games.

Avisail Garcia had three hits for Chicago, which has been outscored 39-10 in its losing streak.

Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief. Starter Mike Pelfrey allowed five hits and two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings, hitting three batters and walking two.

Danks (1-3) lasted just 2 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs — three earned — and eight hits.

With runners on first and second in the third, Danks couldn't handle a throw from Adam LaRoche while covering first base for an error. Plouffe then cleared the bases with his slam, a drive into the seats in left-center field for his second home run in two days.

Danny Santana added a two-run single past LaRoche and Dozier had an RBI single to make it 7-0.

Struggling with his control in the fourth, Pelfrey loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, a hit and a hit batter. With one out, Soto and Micah Johnson were each hit by pitches, finishing Pelfrey.

Plouffe, Oswaldo Arcia and Chris Herrmann had RBI singles in the fourth to make it 10-2.

Kennys Vargas homered in the Twins' sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Eaton was sent home Saturday with his illness. "Hopefully, he'll be ready to go Tuesday," Ventura said. "Tyler (Flowers) has that and LaRoche had it a little bit yesterday." Flowers, a catcher, did not play Sunday and LaRoche started at first base but was removed in the fifth inning.

Twins: OF Oswaldo Arcia left the game in the fourth inning with right hip irritation. He is considered day to day.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Chicago is off Monday before opening a six-game homestand Tuesday against Detroit. Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 4.78), who allowed eight runs over five innings at Baltimore last Wednesday when no fans were present, is scheduled to start Tuesday against Shane Greene (3-1, 4.60).

Twins: Phil Hughes (0-4, 4.55) is scheduled to get the ball Monday when Minnesota opens a four-game home series against Oakland on a night the team is giving away Hughes bobbleheads. The right-hander left his last start on Wednesday with a left hip flexor. The A's are scheduled to start Jesse Hahn (1-1, 2.86).

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