The 10-game road trip the White Sox embarked upon on July 25 started off well, with two intense wins at Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers.
However, after the Sox lost the final game of that three-game series and headed west to Minnesota and Kansas City, the play of the White Sox went south.
The Twins, in typical "dome" fashion, outplayed the White Sox in three of the four games and cut the White Sox's lead in the AL Central to just a half-game.
After struggling in Minnesota, the White Sox failed to turn up the heat—despite the consistent head indexes in Kansas City that were over 100—and dropped two of three to the Royals.
And, consequently, they dropped their lead in the AL Central, falling out of first place for the first time since May 16.