(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Twins hope to avoid a third straight loss on Monday evening when they begin a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox.
The Twins dropped the final two contests of their three-game set with the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, blanked 8-0 in Sunday's finale. Starter Kyle Gibson gave up two runs on six hits and three walks over five innings, while the Cubs broke the game open with a six-run eighth frame off the bullpen.
"We got tentative as the game went on," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
The Twins are second in the AL Central, 3 1/2 games out of first place, while the White Sox sit last in the division and 10 contests back of first.
Tommy Milone has put together impressive back-to-back starts in place of the injured Ricky Nolasco and looks to remain unbeaten in his career against the White Sox.
Milone has allowed three runs over consecutive seven-inning outings, including Wednesday's 3-1 victory over St. Louis. The lefty was charged with a run on five hits and did not walk a batter while striking out five, moving to 3-1 with a 3.67 earned run average over seven starts this season.
Coming off his first victory since April 16, Milone beat the White Sox on April 10 with 7 2/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball. He struck out seven and is 2-0 in five starts lifetime in this matchup with a 1.39 ERA.
The White Sox begin a nine-game road trip having won back-to-back games on the heels of an eight-game slide. They won in dramatic fashion on Sunday as Gordon Beckham connected on a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 11th inning for a 3-2 victory over Texas.
Beckham's homer to left on a changeup from Alex Claudio came in his first at- bat of the game. He entered as a defensive replacement in the 10th and started a double play that got Chicago out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 11th.
Melky Cabrera had a career-high five hits for the White Sox, and starter Jose Quintana gave up two runs over seven innings.
"You don't want to go there," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said about dwelling on negatives. "I know you can easily try and go down that if you want to if you want to go the negative route, but for in here we're trying to win a game. So you're trying to find that positive to turn it around and not let them go there."
A slow start caused John Danks to take a third straight loss last time out and he'll try to find the win column tonight for the White Sox.
Danks has not won since his 10-hit shutout in Houston on May 31, giving up 12 earned runs over his three-outing slide. He is coming off a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, giving up all three runs in the opening frame of his seven-inning start. The left-hander yielded five hits in total and struck out four to finish strong.
The 30-year-old did drop to 3-7 with a 5.16 ERA and will face the Twins for the first time since a rough go of things in Minnesota on May 3. Danks lasted just 2 1/3 innings on that day in a 13-3 loss, charged with seven runs -- three earned -- on eight hits. He is 7-14 lifetime versus the Twins over 28 starts with a 5.67 ERA.
The Twins are 7-3 against the White Sox this season and swept a four-game set in Minnesota from April 30-May 3.