The Twins will try to tie a franchise record with their 10th straight win over the White Sox on Saturday when the teams continue their series in Chicago.
Minnesota (40-47) rallied from an early 5-1 deficit Friday to defeat Chicago 8-5 for its ninth straight win between the teams and sixth this season.
The Twins, who won 10 in a row in the series in 1965-66, scored six runs in the fourth inning to complete the comeback. Luke Hughes(notes) hit a three-run homer to cap the scoring as Minnesota went on to win for the eighth time in 10 games overall.
Minnesota, which has won 28 of its last 34 against the White Sox, has pulled within 1 1/2 games of Chicago for third place in the AL Central. The Twins are seven games behind first-place Cleveland.
“I think everybody is aware of where we are right now, especially with how important this series is,” starter Nick Blackburn(notes) told the Twins’ official website. “If we can take the series (Saturday), it’ll be a great four-game trip for us.”
Joe Mauer(notes) had two hits and scored twice Friday. He’s 21 for 39 with six doubles and two home runs in his last nine games at Chicago while improving his lifetime average at U.S. Cellular Field to .371. He had three hits in Thursday’s series opener.
Chicago (43-47) lost its fourth straight Friday as Gavin Floyd(notes) was chased in the fourth. Adam Dunn(notes) hit a two-run homer in the first, but went hitless in his final four at-bats while striking out twice.
“Hopefully we’re going to find our swagger after the All-Star break,” said Dunn, who is in a 3-for-38 slump with 22 strikeouts his last 11 games. “I feel like me and Alex (Rios), we’ve been as bad as you can possibly be. … We’re putting it all on us in the second half.”
Rios went 1 for 4 on Friday and is batting .214.
Buehrle hasn’t earned a decision in the last three, but Chicago has won them all. On Monday against Kansas City, he allowed three runs in seven innings of a 5-4 victory.
The left-hander pitched well against the Twins on June 16, but was charged with the loss. He gave up one run - a solo homer by Michael Cuddyer(notes) in the second - and three hits in seven innings of a 1-0 defeat.
Cuddyer’s 96 at-bats against Buehrle are the most of any player. He’s batting .344 with three homers and 10 doubles in the matchup, while Mauer is hitting .224.
The left-hander is 4-0 with a 2.50 ERA in four starts and six relief appearances against the White Sox. In one start last year, he gave up two runs in six innings of a 9-3 victory Sept. 15.