Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/27/12

Not even his second quality start was enough for Minnesota Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks to get his first major league win.

Hendriks scattered five hits over 6 1/3 innings and struck out five against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, but he and the Twins emerged with a 3-2 loss. Hendriks paid for hanging a slider to Alex Rios, who belted a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

In seven starts this season, Hendriks is 0-5 with a 6.82 ERA. He went 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA in four starts for Minnesota last year.

Before Tuesday, Hendriks' only quality start was a six-inning, one-run no-decision against the Rangers on April 15.

For the most part, Hendriks kept Chicago's lineup off balance by aggressively locating his fastball, a game plan he has refined after being demoted to Class AAA Rochester in early May with a mandate to stop nibbling and start attacking hitters.

However, Hendriks continues to be plagued by long balls.

He has yielded 13 home runs in his career and at least one in 10 of his 11 starts. He has the highest homer total for any Twins starter in his first 11 career starts since Kevin Slowey gave up 16 homers in the same span in 2007.

With the game scoreless in the fourth, Hendriks walked Paul Konerko with one out before facing Rios.

"I stand by the pitch," Hendriks said of the hanging slider to Rios. "If it was down, he's going to put a swing on it and maybe hit a ground ball and we get a double play out of it. It's one of those pitches you're not going to get back."

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