MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago White Sox pitcher Hector Noesi said he developed a routine on days where he is pitching, but was somewhat vague on specifics.
Whatever it is, the White Sox hope he continues to do it.
Noesi was very good Thursday, allowing only three hits and two runs over seven-plus innings as the White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-2 at Target Field.
The 27-year old Dominican, pitching for his third organization this season, was better than his line suggested. He allowed only one hit through seven innings, a bloop single by Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe in the fourth inning that landed between three Chicago defenders. He retired 19 of the first 22 batters he faced and 11 of 12 after the Plouffe single until the eighth inning, when a single and a two-run homer knocked him from the game.
"He's had some games where he deserved better," Ventura said. "Even tonight, it was one mistake. They hadn't really hit anything hard off him all night. He gave up two runs on one mistake."
The outing was Noesi's longest since back-to-back eight-inning efforts in May of 2012. He lost both of those games, however. Noesi (5-6) entered the game with a 5.21 ERA this season.
"Everything was working today," Noesi said. "When you have command with your fastball, every pitch you can mix in and they're going to swing and miss."
It helped that the White Sox were able to provide early run support as well. After a quiet first two innings, the White Sox got the bats going in the third. A two-out double by center fielder Adam Eaton ahead of a sharp RBI single up the middle by shortstop Alexei Ramirez gave Chicago a 1-0 lead.
Twins starter Phil Hughes was knocked from the game to start the fourth inning after a smash up the middle by designated hitter Adam Dunn hit the right-hander just above the right ankle.
Chicago welcomed reliever Samuel Deduno with two singles to load the bases with two outs. Deduno missed on a full-count pitch to catcher Tyler Flowers to walk in a run before leaving a pitch up to Eaton, who smashed a two-run single up the middle to make it 4-0.
Eaton finished the night 3-for 5 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
"It was a good team win tonight," Eaton said. "Noesi pitched his butt off and we had some timely hits."
Hughes was diagnosed with a right shin contusion and is considered day-to-day after X-rays showed no breaks. He allowed four hits and two earned runs in three-plus innings, striking out four.
"It hurt so bad, I knew something was up," Hughes said. "I'm really thankful it isn't broken. Upset I couldn't continue, but that's the way it goes."
The injury to Hughes was a worst-case scenario for a Twins club with a rotation already in-flux. An injury to Kyle Gibson forced long reliever Anthony Swarzak into a spot-start Wednesday against Cleveland, where he threw 74 pitches -- making him unavailable for a few days. The injury to Hughes forced Deduno, Minnesota's other innings-eater out of the bullpen, to go four innings Thursday. Gibson was scheduled to start Wednesday, was pushed back to Saturday, but is likely to have it pushed back yet again to sometime early next week.
With an off-day coming Monday, Hughes said he is hopeful about making his next start on time.
"It'll be a couple of days before I can really do anything on it," Hughes said. "But with the way the rotation is going right now, I feel a responsibility to get out there."
NOTES: The Twins traded DH-1B Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Stephen Pryor. Morales signed a one-year contract with the Twins on June 8 and hit .234 with one home run in 39 games. Morales will join the Mariners on Friday. Pryor was assigned to Triple-A Rochester ... The Twins recalled SS Jorge Polanco from Double-AA New Britain on Thursday to take the place of Morales on the 25-man roster. Polanco has played in four games with Minnesota this season and has a double and a triple in five at-bats. He also has three RBIs and two walks. ... The Twins recalled RHP Ryan Pressly from Rochester on Wednesday after designating veteran RHP Matt Guerrier for assignment. ... The White Sox placed RHP Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Chicago recalled RHP Andre Rienzo from Triple-A Charlotte.