MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Youkilis' White Sox debut was uneventful -- for the third baseman and his new team.
Acquired on Sunday from the Boston Red Sox, Youkilis singled in four at-bats in the Sox' 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins and left-hander Francisco Liriano (2-7). Liriano, who pitched a no-hitter at U.S. Cellular Field on May 3 last season, held the Sox to four hits over seven innings.
Jake Peavy (6-4) settled down after giving up three runs in the first two innings, finishing with four scoreless frames and exiting after 104 pitches. Peavy gave up a season-high 10 hits while walking one and striking out seven.
"Wasn't our night,'' Peavy said. "Other than [a diving stop by Gordon] Beckham play the ball just bounced their way. There's no other way to say it.''
It was the third consecutive game in which Peavy got little run support. He lost his previous two starts despite giving up two runs in 16 innings. The Sox had five hits. Adam Dunn was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and Paul Konerko was 0-for-3. Konerko has seven hits in his last 42 at-bats.
"Offensively, we just seem to be in a funk,'' manager Robin Ventura said. "You've got to work through it and eventually it will happen. You just hope it's tomorrow
"Guys are still going up there with a plan and doing it. It's just sometimes you hit them and they're either at them or just miss them. It's tough. It's not easy always to go up and hit. It's one of those that you continue to battle and eventually you get out of it."
Youkilis batted second as manager Robin Ventura moved Gordon Beckham down to ninth in the lineup. Youkilis grounded out twice and flied out before grounding a single through the middle of the infield in the eighth.
Alex Rios had a single and a double and scored on Alexei Ramirez's sacrifice fly to right in the seventh.
The first-place Sox (38-35) lost no ground to the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. The Indians lost to the Yankees 7-1.
The Sox traded utility man Brent Lillibridge and AAA right-hander Zach Stewart to the Red Sox for Youkilis and cash. They opened a seven-game road trip that includes four games against the Yankees.
Before the game, the Twins (30-42) placed closer Matt Capps on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. Right-hander Jared Burton pitched the ninth for his second save.