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Minnesota Twins complete sweep of Chicago White Sox 3-2
MINNEAPOLIS -- The White Sox took a beating in the standings and on their bodies, completing a 1-6 trip Wednesday night with a 3-2 loss that capped the Minnesota Twins' three-game sweep at the Metrodome.
The skid dropped the Sox (51-51) from a first-place tie to third place in the American League Central. Even if they revive their success, they likely will have to redeem themselves against the Twins and Tigers, whom they face nine times in the final 12 games of the regular season.
The Sox have lost 14 of their last 16 games at the Metrodome.
"It's a typical week for the White Sox coming to Minnesota," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "You spend a nice day here and get your [rear] kicked. I don't see anything different ever since I started managing this club."
To add to their troubles, shortstop Alexei Ramirez suffered a right ankle sprain while sliding into second base in the seventh inning and left the game. He will undergo X-rays Thursday and won't start when the Sox open a seven-game homestand against the AL East-leading Yankees.
Also, Carlos Quentin barely jogged around the bases in the fifth after hitting his first home run since tearing a tendon in his left foot. Quentin finished the game, but Guillen had an unflattering assessment of Quentin's health.
"Carlos is all beat up," Guillen said. "He looks like an old drunk."
Guillen said he began counting the games the Sox have left at the Metrodome (three). But the reality is they have left themselves with little margin for error as they lost three consecutive one-run games and are 3-6 in their last nine games decided by one run.
"It's incredible," losing pitcher Jose Contreras said. "Everything goes right for them in this stadium. They play well at home."
Despite a lineup shake-up, the Sox were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and are 4-for-29 (.138) in those situations in the last six games.
Gordon Beckham was moved from the bottom of the order to second to take advantage of his hot hitting and went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to six games.
Ramirez dropped from second to fifth and went 2-for-3 to snap out of a 2-for-24 rut, but there wasn't much offense around them.
The Sox hope their troubles will be left on the road, but the task doesn't get any easier against the Yankees and Angels.
"We have to bear down and play well," said designated hitter Jim Thome, who is expected to return Thursday after missing the Twins series with a stiff back.
The Sox rotation should stabilize now that left-hander Clayton Richard will remain a starter after Bartolo Colon returned to the disabled list because of a sore right elbow.
"As long as I throw, I'm happy," said Richard, who has allowed two runs in his last 16 innings and will pitch Friday.
Up next Thursday vs. Yankees, 7:11 p.m., CSN
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