Rapid Reaction: Twins 8, White Sox 4

A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 8-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins Thursday afternoon at Target Field.

How it happened: The Twins battered Chicago pitching for 15 hits, including four home runs off starter John Danks, to sweep the three-game series in Minneapolis. Danks (1-4) threw 101 pitches but only lasted five innings, allowing six runs and 12 hits as his ERA ballooned to 5.40. The bottom of Minnesota's lineup paced the attack. Oswaldo Arcia, Clete Thomas and Eduardo Escobar were 6-for-12 with four RBI. Brian Dozier also homered from the top of the lineup, marking the first time in Twins history the Nos. 7-8-9 and lead-off hitters homered in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko was 2-for-4, including a two-run homer off winning Minnesota starter Scott Diamond (5-6). But their hitting woes continued. The club has scored four runs or less in 22 of its last 27 games.

What it means: The Sox lost for the seventh time in their last eight games and are 4-17 over their last 21. They are in last place in the AL Central, 3 1/2 games behind the fourth-place Twins.

Outside the box: Reliever Jesse Crain pitched a scoreless seventh inning set a club record by making his 28th consecutive appearance without allowing a run.

Up next: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86 ERA) starts Friday's opener of a three-game series in Kansas City against Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (7-4, 3.72 ERA). First pitch is 7:10 CT.