The worst of Twins baseball was on display throughout their six-game road trip to Kansas City and Chicago.

Baserunning blunders. Terrible situational hitting. Throwing to the wrong base. Overthrowing cutoff men.

Danny Santana missed a hit-and-run sign in the second inning Sunday. Where have the fundamentals gone with this team?

Yet the Twins were able to head home smiling because they steamrolled the White Sox for nine runs in the eighth inning on their way to a 16-3 rout at U.S. Cellular Field. They sent 14 batters to the plate that inning, with eight consecutive batters reaching base during one stretch.

It was an emphatic turnaround finish to a trip in which the Twins stunk at times.

“You know you’re not going to be part of many of those,” said third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who was 2-for-4 with an RBI and three walks. “Those are few and far between. It was just cool to see everyone go up there and not give away any at-bats, even when we were up.”

This extends the list of blowout victories the Twins have enjoyed in Chicago through the years. Among those: On July 6, 2007, the Twins won a doubleheader by scores of 20-14 and 12-0 — with Justin Morneau hitting three home runs in the second game. On May 21, 2009, Gardenhire decided to shake up the lineup a little, put Joe Mauer in the 2 hole and watched his team win 20-1 as Mauer drove in six runs.