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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Twins 5, White Sox 2

By Doug Padilla



CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox fell 5-2 to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday to drop to 3-9 against their American League Central rival this season.

How it happened: White Sox starter Jose Quintana was cruising right along until he was run off the road in the fifth inning by a three-run home run from Brian Dozier and a two-run shot by Joe Mauer. The White Sox’s offense was held in check by Twins starter Kevin Correia, who gave up just five hits in seven innings. Adam Dunn ended the shutout bid in the ninth inning with his 27th home run and 14th long ball over his last 55 games. Conor Gillaspie added another home run in the ninth inning, his 10th.

What it means: Quintana moved past the 140-inning mark for the first time as a major leaguer. The left-hander had 136 1/3 major league innings in his debut as a starter last season. He is now at 143 1/3 with his five innings Sunday. Quintana had been rolling along of late, allowing just four earned runs combined in his last four home starts, but the Twins topped that in one inning with their five-run fifth.

Outside the box: Going back to Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees, White Sox pitchers had struck out 10 or more batters in five consecutive games. That streak came to a halt when nine Twins struck out Sunday. The 10 strikeouts in five consecutive games was the White Sox’s longest such streak since they ended the 2011 season on a similar five-game streak.

Off beat: Paul Konerko is chasing one stationary target and one moving target on the all-time home run list. The White Sox captain is one home run away from moving into a tie for 43rd place all time at 432 career home runs with Cal Ripken Jr. Teammate Adam Dunn moved out of a tie with Ripken on Sunday with his 433rd home run. Konerko is also 24 home runs behind Frank Thomas for the most in White Sox history.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (7-11, 2.77 ERA) to the mound Monday against Detroit in the opener of a three-game series. The Tigers will counter with right-hander Doug Fister (10-5, 3.50) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.