MINNEAPOLIS -- The Chicago White Sox ended their six-game losing streak and won at Minnesota for the first time this year with a 5-3 victory on Monday.
How it happened: Mark Buehrle’s run of starts with three runs or less reached 17, but it wasn’t easy. Buehrle gave up three unearned runs in the first inning and then held the Twins scoreless the rest of the way. An Adam Dunn error at first base opened the door for the Twins' scoring. Carlos Quentin took care of the offense with two home runs, but neither came in his two at-bats with the bases loaded.
What it means: Uncomfortably anxious in their series against the Yankees, the White Sox somehow learned to relax against the team that gives them fits. The White Sox didn’t have a single walk against the Yankees but had seven Friday night. Not all of their anxiety issues have been solved, though. They were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position as they could have buried an unusually sloppy Twins team.
Outside the box: Buehrle’s streak of 17 consecutive starts with three runs or less is the longest for a White Sox pitcher since Dave Lemonds had the same amount in 1972.
Up next: White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy (4-5, 5.13 ERA) will take the mound Saturday in the middle game of the series. He will be opposed by Twins right-hander Carl Pavano (6-8, 4.90) in the 6:10 p.m. start from Target Field.