Thome looks to continue his home run binge against Minnesota on Sunday as the White Sox go for their first sweep in the Metrodome in more than three years.
Thome hit home run No. 504 in Saturday’s 8-3 win over the Twins, moving into a tie with Eddie Murray for 22nd place on baseball’s all-time list.
The designated hitter has hit 53 homers versus the Twins in his 17-year career, including one in each of his last six games against them while batting .542 (13-for-24) with 14 RBIs. His seven home runs and 18 RBIs against Minnesota this season are easily his most versus any team.
Thome, who hit his 500th home run last Sunday, is 19-for-54 (.352) with nine homers and 19 RBIs in his last 14 games.
Rookie center fielder Jerry Owens went 5-for-6 with three RBIs on Saturday, and is 14-for-30 (.467) in his last seven games.
Chicago (68-87) has won seven of 10 after winning just seven of its previous 30.
“Where was all this in the summer?” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We’re playing good baseball. Unfortunately, it’s a little too late for that.”
The only time since the All-Star break that Chicago, which defeated Minnesota 6-4 in Friday’s series opener, has swept an opponent was when it took three straight at Detroit from Aug. 3-5.
The White Sox have won six of their last seven over the Twins, but have not swept any of their nine series at the Metrodome since June 29-July 1, 2004.
Gavin Floyd (1-4, 5.65 ERA) takes the mound for the White Sox on Sunday in their final road game of the season.
Despite posting a 3.33 ERA in his last four starts, Floyd is 0-2 in that span as he’s received just eight total runs of support. The White Sox are 2-12 in games Floyd pitches.
On Tuesday, the right-hander gave up hits to Kansas City’s first four batters as the White Sox fell behind 3-0, but he settled down to go six innings, allowing nine hits and three runs while striking out six in a 3-2 loss.
Floyd made his first start of the season against the Twins on July 6, and was tagged for six runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 12-0 loss.
Minnesota (75-59), which has lost nine of its last 12 games at the Metrodome, plays its last home game of the year Sunday.
The Twins offense has been sputtering, averaging 3.6 runs while batting .228 in the last nine games. Minnesota struck out a season-high 14 times Saturday.
Justin Morneau is 2-for-22 (.091) in his last seven games, but is 2-for-3 with two homers in his career against Floyd.
Rookie Kevin Slowey (3-0, 5.00) starts for Minnesota.
Slowey allowed one run and four hits while striking out a career-high seven in six innings of a 5-4 win over Texas on Monday. It was the sixth time in his nine starts he did not receive a decision.
In his only appearance against the White Sox, the 23-year-old right-hander allowed one run and three hits in 2 2-3 innings of relief on Sept. 8.