MINNEAPOLIS -- After one turn through their rotation, the Chicago White Sox couldn't be happier with the result.
Carl Everett, Timo Perez and Paul Konerko each homered in support of starter Jon Garland, and the White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 8-5 on Saturday night.
Sent back to the hotel with the flu on Friday, Garland wasn't sure if he'd be allowed to start this one. But he gave Chicago six solid innings, allowing 10 hits and three runs without a walk. He struck out one.
"You see the guys on your team going out, giving it their all and doing great -- you just want to do that much better," Garland said.
Overshadowed by three-time defending AL Central champion Minnesota, up-and-coming Cleveland and even improving Detroit in most preseason predictions, Chicago is off to a great start with power and pitching. Through five games, White Sox starters are 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 33 innings. Last season, Chicago's entire staff was 12th among the league's 14 teams with a 4.91 ERA.
"I want to keep it going, keep it rolling," Garland said. "I want to keep these guys at the same intensity I was at."
The Twins, who tied it at 3 on a three-run home run by Shannon Stewart in the fifth inning, could use some of that. It was just a bad day, from start to finish, for Minnesota.
After learning third starter Carlos Silva would likely miss at least three months with a torn meniscus in his right knee and that first baseman Justin Morneau was out again with a headache, the Twins played poorly.
They made two errors that led to two unearned runs, dropped a ball at second base that probably cost them a double play and committed a passed ball that let a run score.
At the plate, impatience was the theme -- highlighted by Michael Cuddyer's first-pitch swing at a low-and-inside offering from Garland in the sixth with the bases loaded and the game tied.
Double play. End of inning.
"I was trying to do a little too much," Cuddyer said.
Brad Radke (0-2), who gave up two homers to Seattle's Richie Sexson and five runs in seven innings of a 5-1 loss to the Mariners on opening day, got roughed up again for Minnesota.
After third baseman Cuddyer bobbled Tadahito Iguchi's groundball for an error in the first, Everett hit a two-run homer. Perez's homer led off the seventh, and Radke was soon finished after singles to Aaron Rowand and Joe Crede -- both of whom scored in a four-run seventh.
Radke went 6 1/3 innings, allowing six hits, six runs -- five earned -- and no walks. He struck out two against the rival White Sox, who at 4-1 have the AL's best record.
"They can get out and win as many games as they want," Radke said, shrugging. "It's April."
Torii Hunter added a solo home run for the Twins, who left seven men in scoring position. They've been outscored 10-0 in the first inning this year.
"But it's early in the season," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We've got some pretty good pitchers out there."
Cliff Politte gave up an RBI single to Joe Mauer in the ninth inning, forcing White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen to bring in closer Shingo Takatsu to get one out for his second save.
Everett is batting .316 with five RBI.
"We're just doing what we're supposed to do," he said. "We have a balanced attack right now, and hopefully we keep the same approach all year."
Minnesota's Johan Santana, who will pitch Sunday night, was presented with his AL Cy Young Award in a brief ceremony before the game. Jim Perry (1970) and Frank Viola (1988), the Twins' other two Cy Young winners, greeted Santana on the field. ... This is Chicago's best five-game start since 1991, when the White Sox were 5-0. ... Morneau, hit by a pitch in the head on Thursday, won't play until at least Tuesday.