(SportsNetwork.com) - After nearly being swept by the Indians earlier this week, the Chicago White Sox look to turn things around in the finale of a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Following Friday night's victory over the Twins, the White Sox fell back into the loss column Saturday afternoon with a 4-3 defeat.
Kyle Gibson will take the mound for the visiting Twins, while Chicago counters with Jose Quintana, a lefty hoping his luck improves over his next few outings.
Gibson was on fire in his previous four starts before he suffered a loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday. Prior to that outing, Gibson had a 0.98 earned run average going through those four starts. But he allowed eight hits and three runs in five innings of work against the Rays, who ended up with the 11-3 victory over Minnesota.
Gibson's pitches have been methodical this season. The righty is 3-3 with a 2.98 ERA headed into his second consecutive start on a Sunday. He doesn't strike out many batters, though, having only fanned 19 through 48 1/3 innings this year.
He's pitched well in his brief career versus the White Sox, owning a 2-0 record with a 2.61 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP in 20 2/3 innings.
Quintana has thrown the ball relatively well over his last five starts, but not well enough to pick up many victories. He's 1-3 in his last four outings, but hasn't given up more than two runs in any of them. He went seven innings and allowed eight hits and two runs to Cleveland on Tuesday, but his Sox dropped the 3-1 contest.
The native Colombian is 2-4 this season with a 4.13 ERA, and he's managed to fan 43 batters compared to just 14 walks. Quintana got a start against Minnesota earlier this month - a 1-0 Chicago loss in which the lefty lasted seven innings and surrendered the lone run, giving him the loss.
Chris Sale was on the mound again for Chicago Saturday after he and his Sox took down Corey Kluber and the Indians in an extra-inning thriller earlier in the week. But things didn't go as well in the 4-3 loss to Minnesota.
Sale managed to strike out 10 batters in eight innings of work, but he allowed five hits and four runs (three earned), which was enough to hand him his second loss of the season. Trevor May picked up the victory for the Twins, going seven innings and allowing six hits with three runs and nine strikeouts.
Torii Hunter and Eduardo Nunez each homered in the second inning to give the visiting Twins a 2-0 advantage - one they would not relinquish. Two more runs in the third sealed their advantage thanks to Shane Robinson and Trevor Plouffe. Melky Cabrera's third-inning RBI for Chicago proved to be the last run that would cross home plate.
"Runs in today's game are tough to come by," said Twins manager Paul Molitor. "Today we followed up a couple home runs with a nice two-run inning."
Hunter's homer was his seventh of the season, while Nunez's blast was his first. No player for Minnesota had more than one hit in the ballgame.
The Twins own a 6-3 advantage against the White Sox this season.