Gavin Floyd had his best outing of the season Sunday, but the White Sox bullpen that had been so reliable let him down in the seventh.
A four-run inning off Matt Lindstrom--who had his scoreless inning streak of eight innings snapped--and Donnie Veal led to a 5-3 victory for the Minnesota Twins, giving them a sweep of the rain-shortened two-game series.
The Sox have lost nine of their last 12 and fell into last place in the American League Central behind Cleveland.
``It's just one of those [games] where every guy has a walk or you give them a little life by putting a guy on,'' manager Robin Ventura said of the seventh. ``It's going to happen on occasion.''
Lindstrom (1-1) walked the first batter he faced, Trevor Plouffe, then gave up a pair of singles. Veal entered with two outs but walked Joe Mauer to load the bases. Jesse Crain gave up a bases clearing double to Josh Willingham.
Floyd worked through six innings, giving up a run on three hits, striking out six and walking three. He left with a 2-1 lead.
``It's a bittersweet thing. You're happy you did well and not happy the team lost,'' he said.
``He had a good game and you take a positive out of that,'' Ventura said.
SHAKE IT UP
Ventura isn't opposed to shaking up the lineup if the offense sputters.
``You have more flexibility when you have guys on the disabled list,'' he said. ``I have no problem doing that.''
He kept struggling Adam Dunn in the lineup against lefthander Scott Diamond, who struck out Dunn twice.
But Dunn homered in the seventh off Josh Roenicke, ending his career-worst stretch of 31 hitless at-bats.
He struck out again in his last at-bat against Glen Perkins (fifth save).
``For us to turn around and start playing better, he's going to have to get some hits and be part of that--part of the answer,'' Ventura said.
The Sox had five hits Sunday, with Alejandro De Aza getting a double and single, Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko each with singles.
Jeff Keppinger drove in two runs with a ground out and sacrifice fly.
``Today we were doing at least some small stuff, with Kep knocking them in from third. But it's got to be extended,'' Ventura said.
Sunday was the year anniversary of Philip Humber's perfect game in Seattle. It was the 21st perfect game in major league history at the time and the first of three thrown last season in Major League Baseball. It was the third perfect game in Sox history, with Mark Buehrle (July 23, 2009) and Charlie Robertson (April 30, 1922) the others.
Humber is now with Houston.