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CWS@HOU: Sale strikes out 14 in complete-game effort

Before Tuesday's game against the White Sox, the Twins had been limited to just three hits in three of their last four games and were averaging just 3.4 runs in June. Then they had a breakthrough, collecting 13 hits in a 7-5 victory.

Wednesday's game at Target Field will show if Minnesota can sustain that offensive outburst.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is confident his club can score more runs, especially after they averaged 4.0 runs per game in April and 4.5 in May.

"We've pretty good hitters in there but right now, it's so much about timely hits but just hits," Gardenhire said before Tuesday's game. "We haven't been getting a whole lot of them. We just need guys to put better swings on the ball and when they get in hitter's counts, not miss them."

Right-hander Kevin Correia will be on the hill for the Twins, after allowing one run on eight hits in five innings against the Phillies in his last start.

Meanwhile, left-hander Chris Sale gets the nod for the White Sox, hoping to snap his three-game losing streak.

Despite that mark, Sale's given up just five earned runs in 21 1/3 innings during those three starts. Four came on a grand slam by A's third baseman Josh Donaldson.

On Friday against the Astros, Sale allowed two runs (none earned) on five hits in eight innings, falling to 5-5 with a 2.43 ERA.

"Absolutely one of the best [pitchers] we've faced this year," Houston second baseman Jose Altuve said. "If we face him again, he'll be one of the best then, too. We're going to do the best we can, but he had his stuff all night."

White Sox: Ventura urges Viciedo to be patient
• Sox 24-year-old left-fielder Dayan Viciedo has been inconsistent, going just 7-for-40 in his last 11 games. However, he gained some confidence on Monday after hitting a three-run triple in the sixth inning of a 4-2 win over the Astros.

"It's always good team-wise when you get a big hit, but that one for him, I think, with how his last couple weeks have been going, it's a big one for him just to kind of get that going -- to do something meaningful," said manager Robin Ventura.

Ventura noted that working on hitting is difficult and that it is especially important to remind younger players that change isn't always immediate.

"I think with hitting, you have to be able to kind of stick with it, even though it might not be immediate feedback from one at-bat to another," Ventura said. "It's a process. Over the course of the year, you know what's best for him. He has to be able to buy into that. He has to be able to see that."

Twins: Willingham back in lineup
• Josh Willingham, who had a cortisone shot in his left knee on Saturday, returned to the lineup on Tuesday, starting in left field and batting cleanup.

Willingham missed two straight games with soreness in his left knee on Saturday and Sunday before using Monday's off-day to give his knee another day of rest. However, he felt good enough to make his first start in the outfield on Tuesday since June 9.

"Willingham feels good," Gardenhire said. "So we'll see what happens."

He finished 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Worth noting
• The White Sox are 5-15 since hitting the .500 mark May 26.

• Against the White Sox, Correia is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA. Comments