As if making his first major league start Saturday night at Target Field wasn't daunting enough, Twins left-hander Logan Darnell was pitted against fellow lefty Chris Sale.

The results were about as mismatched as one might expect.

The White Sox scored seven runs on 11 hits against Darnell while Sale threw eight scoreless innings in a 7-0 victory that marked his team's third straight over the Twins.

Alexei Ramirez homered for the second straight night to lead the Sox offense, which has scored as many runs in this series as in the previous seven games combined.

It has been a good three nights against the stumbling Twins. Afterward Sale reflected on how close the Sox might be to resembling a winning team with some of their key pieces such as himself, lowering his ERA to 1.88, and Jose Abreu, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Sale made sure recovering right fielder Avisail Garcia also was inserted in that conversation.

"We have all the right pieces in all the right places, it's just a matter of stringing some wins together," Sale said. "Obviously we're all very comfortable with each other and have confidence in each other. Hopefully it's sooner rather than later that we get into the playoffs and we make a push."

Sale received a handshake and a head pat from Sox manager Robin Ventura when he returned to the dugout after throwing 112 pitches in eight innings. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out 12 to tie a season high.

"It was the fastest I've seen him work, just getting the ball, not a lot of shaking off," Ventura said. "And he was throwing everything."

It was Sale's 15th career game with double-digit strikeouts in 76 starts, tied for second in Sox history with Juan Pizarro (145 starts) and trailing only the 17 games from Ed Walsh (312 starts).