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Thanks in part to a power surge at the plate, the Minnesota Twins are enjoying a successful run against the Chicago White Sox.
Their offense certainly hasn't been lacking when they've faced Jose Quintana.
The Twins look for their eighth win in nine games versus the White Sox on Friday night while handing Chicago its 11th straight road loss overall.
Minnesota (54-65) has won nine of 14 following a dramatic 4-3 victory over the White Sox (46-74) in Thursday's opener. Chris Herrmann provided a pinch-hit, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth for the Twins' 10th win in 13 games in this season series.
"Fortunately for us, Herrmann bangs one through and there you have it," manager Ron Gardenhire told the league's official website. "It was a nice win after a really, really tough loss. Some good things happened out there."
Trevor Plouffe went 2 for 4 with a home run, giving Minnesota 20 over a nine-game homer streak versus the White Sox. The Twins have also averaged 5.6 runs and batted .286 while winning seven of eight against them.
Oswaldo Arcia is hitting .370 with four home runs in his last six games, and Justin Morneau is batting .327 with four homers and 17 RBIs in his last 11 versus Chicago.
Now the Twins will attempt to continue their success against Quintana (6-4, 3.70 ERA) and extend Chicago's longest road skid since an 11-game drought Aug. 14-Sept. 1, 2007.
They dealt the left-hander one of his worst starts Sunday, reaching him for a season high-tying five runs as well as six hits -- including two homers -- in five innings of a 5-2 victory. Quintana had gone 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA over his previous seven outings.
Quintana hasn't fared well in any of four career starts against Minnesota, going 0-2 with a 9.15 ERA while allowing 29 hits in 19 2-3 innings.
Joe Mauer, who hit one of those two homers Sunday, is 4 for 9 lifetime in this matchup, while Josh Willingham is 5 for 9 with two homers.
The Twins could be getting more help with the return of Ryan Doumit, who has missed eight games while on the concussion disabled list. He's 7 for 12 with three doubles in his last three games against the White Sox.
Minnesota starter Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59) faces a Chicago team that has averaged 2.2 runs while hitting just four home runs during its road slide. The right-hander hopes to match his Sunday start against the White Sox, when he beat Quintana by scattering five hits over seven shutout innings for his first victory since July 20.
While he's 3-7 with a 6.10 ERA in 12 road starts, Correia has been much more effective with a 5-1 record and 3.28 ERA in 11 outings at Target Field. He'll take the mound there looking to improve on his 2-1 record and 2.61 ERA in three starts against the White Sox.
Correia has held sluggers Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko to a combined 1 for 15 this season, though Dayan Viciedo is 3 for 5 with a home run. Viciedo, however, could miss his seventh straight game with a thumb injury.
Teammate Gordon Beckham, hitting .366 over his last 11 contests, could also be out after leaving Thursday's game with a strained right quadriceps.
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