- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The struggling Chicago White Sox are still searching for timely hits.

Chicago had 10 hits but left eight runners on base in a 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. The White Sox have now been outscored 35-8 while losing four straight.

“We just need something to fall through when we get a lot of guys on,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “We had some opportunities, but we’re not cashing in on them right now.”

Playing the third game of this series, the White Sox took a lead for the first time on Micah Johnson’s RBI grounder and J.B. Shuck’s run-scoring single in the second inning. They extended the lead to 3-1 in the third on Avisail Garcia’s RBI single.

Torii Hunter then tied it with a two-run homer in the third off Hector Noesi (0-3), and Trevor Plouffe lined an RBI single with the bases loaded in the fifth that put the Twins ahead for good. Minnesota won for the seventh time in 10 games.

The White Sox lost three runners on the bases in the early innings. Shuck was thrown out trying to stretch his second-inning single into a double. Kurt Suzuki threw out Garcia and Alexei Ramirez attempting to steal second in the third and fourth, respectively.

“We’re hitting the ball good, just to people,” said Garcia, who extended his current hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-4 day. “You can’t do anything about it. So hopefully everything gets better tomorrow.”

In his first start since coming off the disabled list with a sore elbow, Ricky Nolasco (1-1) held the White Sox to three runs and eight hits over five innings. He had been out since April 11.

The Twins used five relievers to blank Chicago after Nolasco left. Glen Perkins pitched the ninth and remains perfect in eight save chances.

Garcia and Shuck each had two hits and a RBI for the White Sox.

“We’re not finding the holes right now,” Ventura said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: CF Adam Eaton missed his second straight game with the flu. … DH Adam LaRoche also wasn’t feeling well, but played. . After missing his last start due to the civil unrest in Baltimore, Noesi made just his third start of the season. Nonetheless, Ventura wasn’t worried about Noesi being rusty.

“I’m not sitting here concerned about his pitch count right now, more how he throws and getting us to a point where we can win a game,” Ventura said.

Twins: Manager Paul Molitor said before the game that Nolasco would be limited to 75-80 pitches. He finished with 76.

UP NEXT

White Sox: John Danks (1-2, 5.64) starts Sunday as Chicago tries to avoid a four-game sweep.

Twins: Mike Pelfrey (2-0, 2.25) looks to win his third straight start. In seven career starts against the White Sox, he is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA.

REELING ON THE ROAD

The White Sox are now 2-10 on the road this season. They have lost five straight away from U.S. Cellular Field dating back to their 12-3 win at Detroit on April 18. Part of that is a lack of offensive production. Overall this year, the Sox are last in the American League in runs scored (67), stolen bases (four) and tied for last in home runs (12).

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