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Twins Wipeout White Sox 6-0

August 2, 2002

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Eric Milton pitched his fourth career shutout and Michael Cuddyer hit his first career grand slam as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 6-0 Thursday night.

Milton (13-7), who gave up six runs off 11 hits in his last outing against the White Sox, held Chicago to three hits, striking out 11 and walking none in Minnesota’s first complete game shutout of the season.

White Sox starter Dan Wright (7-9) found himself in trouble in the third, giving up an RBI single to Corey Koskie before Cuddyer’s slam put the Twins up 5-0.

It was Cuddyer’s second major league home run.

Cuddyer, called up from Triple-A Edmonton last month after the Twins traded Brian Buchanan to San Diego, hit a 2-0 fastball from Wright over the left field fence, bringing the crowd of 26,270 to its feet. It was all the offensive support Milton needed.

Milton, who came into the game with an 11.57 ERA against the White Sox this season, had nine strikeouts through the first five innings and caught Frank Thomas swinging twice. Chicago had a chance to score in the fifth on Royce Clayton’s ground-rule double and again in the seventh after Thomas advanced to second on a wild pitch with two outs. But Milton struck out Joe Crede to end the seventh.

It was Milton’s second complete game of the season, and the Twins’ fourth.

Wright struck out a career-high eight batters in six innings, allowing seven hits and three walks. Paul Konerko, who went 2-for-3, and Royce Clayton had the only hits for the White Sox.

Cuddyer’s four RBIs also tied his career high.

Notes: The Twins lead the season series 6-4. ... Minnesota hasn’t lost a series since dropping two of three to the New York Mets in June. ... The White Sox recalled LHP Mike Porzio from Triple-A Charlotte to fill Bob Howry’s spot on the roster. ... David Ortiz’s first inning single extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games. ... Konerko’s single in the second broke an 0-14 streak over his last four games.

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