Garcia looks for his sixth straight victory when the White Sox (24-12) face the Minnesota Twins (17-20) in the finale of their four-game series on Monday at the Metrodome.
The White Sox have scored 8.02 runs per game in Garcia’s starts, but since losing his first outing of the season against Cleveland, Garcia (5-1, 4.64 ERA) hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any start. He gave up only one run and five hits in eight innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-1 last Tuesday.
“Everybody knows what I can do,” Garcia said. “I’ve been here for a while. I try to go every time and do the best I can.”
He is 7-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 15 starts against Minnesota, including a victory over the Twins on April 22.
The White Sox, who have baseball’s best record, are looking to split the series with Minnesota. Chicago had lost three in a row overall before beating the Twins 9-7 on Sunday.
The White Sox trailed 7-3 after the first inning, but responded with one run in the third and five in the fourth. Jim Thome snapped an 0-for-12 slump with his 15th homer of the season, Jermaine Dye hit his 200th career homer and A.J. Pierzynski homered for the first time in 55 games.
Chicago also turned the AL’s first triple play since July 7, 2004, when it turned one against the Angels.
With Minnesota’s Shannon Stewart and Nick Punto on first and second in the bottom of the sixth inning, Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko caught Luis Castillo’s popped-up bunt attempt and then threw to Tadahito Iguchi at first base to get Stewart for the second out.
Iguchi then fired the ball to shortstop Juan Uribe to double off Punto at second base, completing the triple play.
“We were expecting a bunt, but we weren’t expecting a triple play,” Pierzynski said. “That was the first one I’ve seen live. … I’m just mad Uribe threw the ball in the seats.”
Minnesota had its four-game winning streak snapped with Sunday’s defeat, but still has a chance to win the series with a victory Monday. The Twins, who have won six of their past eight overall, had lost 10 of 12 to Chicago before winning the first two games of this series on Friday and Saturday.
“There must have been a full moon out there tonight,” said Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, who was ejected in the ninth inning of Sunday’s loss. “It was an ugly game on both sides.”
Scott Baker (1-3, 4.67) tries to avoid a third straight loss when he takes the mound for Minnesota on Monday. Baker fared well against the defending champions as a rookie last season, giving up one run and two hits in seven innings on Sept. 16, a game Chicago won 2-1 in 10 innings.
Following Monday’s contest, the White Sox visit Tampa Bay for three games while the Twins head to Detroit to begin a six-game trip.