White Sox starter Jose Quintana (6-7, 3.15 ERA) finally got the help he was looking for in his most recent start.
After going 10 straight starts with four runs or fewer from the offense, Quintana and the White Sox broke through against the Tigers in a 11-4 victory on Tuesday night.
Quintana allowed seven hits through three innings, but just two runs as the Tigers stranded eight runners. He gave up nine hits over six innings and reveled in the rare offensive outburst with him in the game.
"I said last time, one day [the run support] would change," Quintana said. "That day is today. I'm really happy. Every time I try to do the best for me and for the team and get the chance to win."
Meanwhile, Twins starter Kyle Gibson (9-8, 3.94 ERA) only needed two runs of support to collect a win against Kansas City on the same day.
"Gibby was fantastic for us," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We had a lot of chances against [James] Shields, but he always finds a way to stay in there. He kept us from getting a pretty good lead by making some pitches on us, but our guy matched him and upped him this time."
Gibson, who hadn't started since July 18 after feeling back tightness in a bullpen session on July 21, scattered just two hits and two walks to get his first win since July 9. The right-hander also struck out seven and faced the minimum through the first four innings.
The 26-year-old credited a tweak in his grip for his success, as it was something he worked on with pitching coach Rick Anderson during his final bullpen session before the start.
"The one thing I worked on was loosening my grip a little bit and letting my fingers work," Gibson said. "That seems to be the key, especially with my sinker."
Twins: Vargas compared to Big Papi
Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 275 pounds, it's natural to compare Twins rookie Kennys Vargas (a native of Puerto Rico) with Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (a native of the Dominican Republic).
"You know, he's big," Gardenhire said. "He's a big, strong kid and I think that's an awful big compliment to start comparing him to a guy like that. Size-wise, yeah, he's big and strong like David. He's a switch-hitter, which David didn't do, but kind of similar. And I think he probably idolized David and still does. That's not a bad guy to think about when you're trying to figure out somebody you can emulate."
Still, Gardenhire was quick to quash any comparisons of hitting ability.
"He's got a ways to go, but he is a big, strong young man," Gardenhire said. "You find people that are good for the game of baseball, a great guy, a great hitter and you want to try to emulate them. I've got no problem with that. That's a good guy to try and emulate."
Vargas is 3-for-9 with a double and two RBIs after his first two games.
White Sox: Abreu's tear over, but effects still felt
Jose Abreu's 21-game hitting streak was snapped on Saturday night, but manager Robin Ventura noted that the effects from the great run would still help the ballclub down the stretch.
"There have been spots where they're gonna pitch around him and be very careful with him," Ventura said. "Other guys are getting opportunities to drive in runs and do something, because when you do walk, then they understand they're putting more pressure on themselves by putting guys on base. The ability to get a base hit happens and could break loose. That's what you want, really, for someone in your lineup to be that dangerous where everybody else is being careful."
• Quintana has not given up more than three earned runs in a game since June 13 against Kansas City. That's a stretch of eight starts with a combined 1.84 ERA.
• Gibson has been much better at home (3.28 ERA) than on the road (4.43 ERA). Despite those numbers, he's earned the victory in his past three road contests.
Alex M. Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.