The Twins will try to further pad their advantage as the teams open a three-game set Tuesday night at Target Field.
Minnesota (68-50) is a major league-best 17-4 since July 24, winning seven of eight to move three games ahead of Chicago (65-53). The Twins took two of three at U.S. Cellular Field last week after they entered the series tied for first.
Minnesota’s play at home is a big reason for its run. The club has won seven straight at Target Field, sweeping Oakland there over the weekend.
The Twins are 4-2 at home against Chicago, taking the last three matchups.
Slowey, who missed his previous start because of elbow tendinitis, had thrown 106 pitches.
“I would boo me too,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I took a pitcher out with a no-hitter going. But I would do it 1,000 times the same way.”
Slowey didn’t get a chance to complete a no-hitter, but he continued the Twins’ pitching dominance at home. They’ve allowed eight runs in the last seven home games, and opponents are batting .188 in that span.
Baker beat the White Sox on Tuesday for his third straight win. He gave up five runs in six innings of a 12-6 win to improve to 2-0 against them this year and 6-3 over his career.
Danks has won five of his last six decisions and has a 1.93 ERA over his last five starts. The left-hander allowed one run in eight innings of a 6-1 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday.
“I hate pitching against this team, I’m not going to lie to you,” said Danks, who is 6-6 with a 5.01 ERA lifetime against the Twins.
Chicago dropped two of three to Detroit at home, losing 13-8 on Sunday.
“To me, a very bad homestand,” manager Ozzie Guillen told the White Sox’s official website. “Very bad pitching. When we pitch well, we’re not hitting. That makes a combination for a very poor homestand. We’ve got to prepare better for the next road trip and play better, there’s no doubt.”