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Twins Crush White Sox 8-1

July 24, 2002

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CHICAGO (AP) _ David Ortiz hit a three-run homer and Torii Hunter had three hits as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-1 Wednesday for their ninth win in 11 games.

Doug Mientkiewicz and Bobby Kielty also homered for the Twins, who opened a 14-game lead in the AL Central. Chicago, which stranded 12 runners, has lost 15 of 21.

Twins starter Kyle Lohse (10-5) allowed eight hits over eight innings in his longest outing of the season. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second by striking out Mark Johnson and retiring Kenny Lofton on a popup.

Chicago’s Jon Garland (8-8) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Kielty’s two-run homer in the second to put Minnesota ahead, and A.J. Pierzynski hit an RBI single in the fourth. Ortiz had a three-run homer in the fifth that chased Garland, Rocky Biddle gave up a single to Hunter, then allowed a Mientkiewicz’s sixth homer, which gave Minnesota an 8-0 lead.

Frank Thomas homered in the sixth, giving him home runs in three straight games.

Notes: Minnesota’s Rick Reed may miss his next scheduled start due to tenderness in his right index finger. ... Denny Hocking was out of Minnesota’s starting lineup with an injured right foot. ... Paul Konerko was 0-for-4, leaving him with one hit in 17 at-bats.

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