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Despite a disappointing season, the Chicago White Sox have played well of late.
They'll try to record their first winning road series in more than a month with a third straight victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Chicago (48-74) sits last in the AL Central with the third-worst record in baseball, but it's won eight of 13 following a season-high 10-game slide. Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer and Alejandro De Aza added a two-run shot as the White Sox overcame an early two-run deficit to win 8-5 at Minnesota on Saturday.
The White Sox have batted .288 and averaged 4.7 runs in the last 13 games after they hit .213 and scored 1.8 per contest during the previous 10.
For the fifth time in six games, Chicago recorded at least 10 hits to help All-Star ace Chris Sale win his third straight start Saturday.
"Even when it wasn't going great, I still had that confidence in them to come back and score those runs,'' Sale said.
Viciedo is 3 for 7 with five RBIs the last two games after going hitless over 13 at-bats in his previous six contests. He's hit .345 with three homers and 10 RBIs in his last eight at Target Field.
With three hits Saturday, teammate Adam Dunn is batting .438 in his last nine contests overall.
After ending a 10-game road slide with Friday's 5-2 victory, Chicago tries to take the four-game set and its first series away from home since July 9-11 at Detroit.
It will hand the ball to Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.37 ERA), who is 0-2 with a 3.78 ERA in his last nine starts. Pitching one day after undergoing a root canal, the left-hander allowed two runs and walked four over 102 pitches through five innings of a 4-3, 11-inning win over Detroit on Tuesday.
Santiago is 0-2 with a 4.05 ERA against the Twins (54-67) this season. He started one of those outings, yielding six runs - three earned - and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 10-3 loss at Target Field on May 13.
Minnesota's Ryan Doumit, who homered Saturday, is 2 for 3 versus Santiago and 10 for 20 in his last five against the White Sox.
Joe Mauer added two RBIs as the Twins lost for the fourth time in five games. He's batting .452 during a 10-game home hitting streak versus Chicago.
Minnesota starter Samuel Deduno (7-6, 3.54) enjoyed a four-start stretch from July 13-Aug. 2 in which he went 3-0 and allowed five runs despite walking 16 over 27 innings. Since then, he's given up nine runs over 11 2-3 innings to lose his last two.
The right-hander allowed five runs in six innings of a 5-2 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday.
"He was misfiring a little bit. You could see his ball was moving all over the place and counts were going up,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Deduno went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA against the White Sox last season.