It's been nearly two months since the Chicago White Sox won three in a row. Those victories were against the Minnesota Twins, who come to Chicago looking to prevent the White Sox from matching that win streak Friday night.
Chicago (66-80) won the first three matchups in a four-game series at Minnesota in late July, then went on to lose 26 of 39 before taking the final two of a four-game set with visiting Oakland this week.
The White Sox won three of four against the Athletics, including 1-0 on Thursday behind Chris Sale's eight-inning performance.
"You have to find something fun in this game and where we are at in the standings isn't fun," catcher Tyler Flowers told MLB's official website. "We are not where we want to be, but you have to stay positive and have goals in mind to keep you competing and play hard every day."
Chicago has three runs and 12 hits in the back-to-back wins, but it's allowed one run and eight hits.
Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.38 ERA) takes the mound for the White Sox, and he's been a victim of the lineup's struggles. The left-hander has received exactly one run of support in four of his last six starts.
Quintana allowed one run over six innings in Cleveland on Saturday before the Indians scored twice in the seventh to come away with a 3-1 win.
"I tried to get more innings, give them more and more," said Quintana, who struck out seven and walked one. "But a pretty good game, tough game. I feel really confident in myself. Now I feel really good with my stuff."
He's had good stuff against the last-place Twins (62-84) this season, posting a 2.00 ERA and striking out 19 over 18 innings in three starts. Chicago, though, lost each of them with Quintana failing to receive a decision.
Quintana went up against Phil Hughes (15-9, 3.55) in the first of those matchups April 3, and he'll oppose the right-hander again in the opener of this three-game series.
Hughes failed to earn a decision for the first time in 19 starts Saturday. He was in line for the win after allowing three runs over seven innings, but the Angels scored five times in the last two innings to pull out an 8-5 victory.
Hughes, one off the AL lead for wins, is 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA in his last seven outings. He's struggled this season against the White Sox, however, posting a 7.62 ERA while going 1-1 in three starts.
His last matchup ended in the fourth inning July 24 as he was forced to leave after being hit just above the right ankle by a comebacker.
Minnesota limps into this series after being swept in a doubleheader at Cleveland on Thursday. The Twins scored twice in the first game and were shut out on four hits in the second as they lost for the 14th time in 18 contests.
"Obviously, I don't want to lose 90 games," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I want to win every one of them, but hopefully, we're building for next year with our young guys."