CHICAGO -- The ball from Lance Lynn's 1,000th career strikeout on Tuesday sat on a shelf in his stall at Guaranteed Rate Field, but he sounded surprised when someone asked about the milestone, which came against Jose Abreu in the fifth inning.
"I didn't even know it was there," Lynn said, shaking his head.
He was too frustrated to notice following the Twins' 8-4 loss to the White Sox, a game that seemed to turn as soon as he took the mound for the sixth.
Lynn, 5-6, gave up three hits, didn't retire a batter then went to the dugout to watch the bullpen allow all three to score, turning a potential sixth win into a sixth loss.
Both Brian Dozier and Ehire Adrianza hit solo home runs, but both also made costly errors.
The final 15 Twins batters were retired by White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez, 3-5, and a White Sox bullpen that's better than expected.
So that backfiring you hear is the start of the Twins nine-game roadtrip.
"Some of the approaches at different times, you’re kind of not sure what guys are trying to do," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "But we just didn’t give ourselves many chances. You could tell we got a little deflated after we gave up the lead."
Lynn went through Chicago's two through four hitters with just nine pitches in the fifth and holding a 4-2 lead. He went out for the sixth with just one walk and eight strikeouts - the eighth, against Abreu - was the 1,000th of his career.
"I think he was doing O.K.." Molitor said.
And Lynn quickly fell apart in the sixth - and it had a little to do with pitching..
Matt Davidson led off the inning with a tapper Lynn's left. The righthander went to scoop the ball up but overran it. He then reached back for the ball and slipped on the wet grass. Davidson was safe.
Leury Garcia followed with a bouncer up the middle, a double play ball. But Lynn deflected toward second - where Brian Dozier had vacated to cover the bag.
"The double play ball that you try to pull back on because you know it’s right at him and then you jab at it anyways because that’s been a hit for a year," Lynn said, "so you just try to catch it and do it yourself."
Kevan Smith followed with a single to left to load the bases.
Molitor replaced Lynn with Ryan Pressly to put out the fire, but he walked Tim Anderson to force in a run and make it 4-3.
Lefthander Taylor Rogers entered and nearly saved the day despite facing righthanded hitters. He got got Yoan Moncada - a switch hitter batting .154 against lefties - to pop out. Rogers fell behind 2-0 to Yolmer Sanchez, rallied to even the count before throwing a ball. With the bases loaded and the fans buzzing, Rogers tried a fastball away that went the other way with and hit a two-run single to take a 5-4 lead.
"I think that was the biggest hit," Molitor said.
Chicago added a run in the seventh - on Avisail Garcia's second home run, and two in the eighth
After a 1 hour, 50 minute rain delay to start the evening, the Twins lost a game more so because of Lynn's glove than arm.
"You give up three hits and nothing’s hard, and then you get taken out of the inning and don’t get a chance to finish it, especially with 8-9 (hitters) up," Lynn said. "It’s frustrating, especially with the way things had been going all night. I had eight strikeouts in five and you have 8-9 up, bases are loaded, even though it’s been kind of a funky inning, you want to have that chance. But with the way things had unfolded that inning, you get it."