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May hopes to salvage finale for Twins against ChiSox

Sep 14, 2014 - 11:56 AM ( - Trevor May goes after a third straight win on Sunday when the Minnesota Twins close out a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

May opened his big league career with four losses, but has rebounded to win his last two times out. After topping Chicago two starts ago, he beat Cleveland on Tuesday, limiting the Indians to a pair of runs and five hits in five innings.

"The kid threw a lot of pitches, but he got through five innings and did fine," said Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, whose squad snapped a four-game losing streak. "That's what you like to see, finding a way to keep going when you don't have your best stuff."

Chicago will counter with righty Hector Noesi, who is 8-9 with a 4.69 ERA. Noesi did not get a decision on Monday against Oakland, as he allowed three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 5-4 win.

Noesi is 5-2 with a 3.93 ERA since the All-Star break.

Chicago swept both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday, as it won the first game 5-1, before Dayan Viciedo's two-run home run in the ninth inning gave them a 7-6 walkoff win in the nightcap.

After Kurt Suzuki put the Twins up by a run in the top of the ninth, Jose Abreu drew a 14-pitch leadoff walk against Glen Perkins (3-3) in the bottom half to bring the winning run to the plate. After Avisail Garcia grounded into a fielder's choice, Viciedo came up and crushed his 21st of the year 10 rows deep in the left field seats.

"I went into the at-bat thinking to myself that I would do whatever I could to get on base and help tie the game," Abreu said of the at-bat through an interpreter.

Garcia hit a three-run homer and Abreu added a solo shot, giving the rookie sensational 100 RBI on the season.

Jake Petricka (1-4) won for the first time this season after pitching the top of the ninth.

The two teams are trending in opposite directions, as the White Sox have won four straight games and the Twins have lost four straight.

"It was a long day, a tough day and probably about as tough a loss as you'll have," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

The White Sox need a win on Sunday to avoid losing the season series against the Twins for the sixth time in the last nine seasons. Minnesota currently leads the season series, 9-8.