Correia struggles as Twins fall to Chicago

With shorthanded bullpen, righty lasts just four innings at home

Correia struggles as Twins fall to Chicago

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins are officially sellers leading up to the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31, as evidenced by their decision to trade Kendrys Morales to the Mariners on Thursday.

The Twins still have a few pieces they could trade leading up to the Deadline, but one of those potential trade pieces -- right-hander Kevin Correia -- hasn't helped his cause in recent outings.

With both of the club's long relievers unavailable Friday, the Twins hoped for Correia to pitch deep into the game, but it wasn't to be as he lasted just four innings in a 9-5 loss to the White Sox at Target Field.

Correia, who is in the last year of his contract and could be moved, turned in his second straight subpar outing since the All-Star break, as he gave up seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and two walks. It marked the second straight outing Correia lasted just four innings, and he fell to 5-13 with a 5.06 ERA on the year.

"It was not a very good baseball game," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "From the get-go we got behind early with Kevin making a couple bad pitches, and they deposited one big-time. So we had to fight through it. We all know the shape of our bullpen, so we had to leave him in there."

As Gardenhire referenced, the White Sox scored three runs in a hurry, as Jose Abreu launched a three-run homer in the first with no outs. It was the 30th homer of the year for the rookie slugger.

Chicago added two more runs in the third with Alexei Ramirez connecting on a solo shot and third baseman Eduardo Nunez committing a run-scoring error on a grounder hit by Gordon Beckham with two outs.

"I think I made my two worst pitches of the night to their best two hitters," Correia said of the homers from Abreu and Ramirez. "They were two hanging curveballs. They were the only two pitches I'd like to have back."

The White Sox scored twice more in the fourth with Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo both adding RBI bloop singles off Correia.

"The ball was flying everywhere," Gardenhire said. "Bloops, blasts, the whole package. I don't know how many hits we gave up but last I saw it was 17 and that's not going to win you any ballgames. We missed some plays, so it was not a fun night for anyone involved."

Correia, who had a 3.22 ERA spanning 11 starts until turning in his two recent subpar outings, now leads the Majors with 13 losses on the year. But he said he believes his stuff was just fine in his last two outings, and that he'll be able to turn it around.

"Physically, I felt good," Correia said. "It's just two bad starts in a row. I need to get on another good run. I wasn't out there questioning what I was doing. I felt comfortable but just made two bad pitches to their two best hitters."

Left-hander Caleb Thielbar relieved Correia and lasted two innings. He surrendered a run in the sixth on a two-out single from Conor Gillaspie. Right-hander Jared Burton replaced Thielbar in the seventh and promptly gave up a home run to Tyler Flowers to lead off the inning.

The White Sox offense backed left-hander John Danks, who gave up four runs on six hits over seven innings to get his ninth win.

"Felt great," Danks said. "Felt like I had pretty good command of my pitches. I was able to get ahead and stay ahead. Obviously, there was a couple mistakes that got hit."

The Twins got on the board in the second on a sacrifice fly from Kurt Suzuki, but didn't score again until Chris Colabello drove home two runs with a two-out single in the sixth. Oswaldo Arcia added a solo shot in the seventh, and Josh Willingham hammered his 10th homer of the year in the ninth to cap the scoring for the Twins, who fell to 2-6 on their current 10-game homestand.

"We hit the ball decently at the end of the game," Correia said. "But at that point, we were down too many runs."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.