Chicago (72-71) at Minnesota (84-60)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Wed Sep 15, 2004
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Carlos Silva will try to keep the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins on a roll as they continue a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox at the Metrodome.

Silva allowed one run while striking out six over six innings Friday, lifting the Twins to a 4-1 victory over Toronto.

“Early in the game, I felt very good,” Silva said. “But from two through fourth innings, I wasn’t hitting my spots. By fifth and sixth, I got it back and started hitting my spots.”

The right-hander has yielded two earned runs or fewer in four straight starts for Minnesota, which is riding a seven-game winning streak into Wednesday thanks to another outstanding pitching performance by Johan Santana.

The left-hander pitched seven shutout innings Tuesday as the Twins used a nine-run sixth to beat the lethargic White Sox 10-2.

The Twins increased their lead over the White Sox in the Central to a season-high 11 1/2 games with 18 to play. The Cleveland Indians are 14 games back in third place.

Santana is 16-2 in 19 starts since June 9 with 179 strikeouts and 62 hits allowed in 140 1-3 innings. He is one shy of the most consecutive victories for the team since it moved to Minnesota in 1961, a mark set in 1991 by Scott Erickson and tied in 1997 by Brad Radke.

“To me, he’s the Cy Young winner,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of Santana. “No doubt about it, he deserves it.”

Minnesota established a season high with the nine runs in the sixth. The Twins record for scoring in a single inning is 11, accomplished several times, and the franchise record is 12 by the Washington Senators against the St. Louis Browns in the eighth inning on July 10, 1926.

Lew Ford and Henry Blanco each drove in two runs for the Twins.

The White Sox have lost two straight and three of four. Chicago had won four straight at the Metrodome before Tuesday’s loss.

The White Sox are hoping left-hander Mark Buehrle can them back on track. Buehrle has pitched well against the Twins in his career, going 13-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 21 games, including 19 starts.

The 25-year-old southpaw needs one more win to reach 15 for the third time in five seasons. He went 14-14 last season.

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Starting Pitchers

M. Buehrle Tor vs. C. Silva Bos
16-10 Record 14-8
3.89 ERA 4.21
165 K 76
51 BB 35
1.26 WHIP 1.43