Kielty, Hunter lead hit parade

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Torii Hunter and Bobby Kielty each hit a three-run homer Friday night for the Minnesota Twins in an 18-3 rout of the rival Chicago White Sox and struggling lefty Mark Buehrle.

Kielty drove in a career-high five runs, Hunter had four RBIs and A.J. Pierzynski went 4-for-4 for the Twins, who roughed up Buehrle for a career-worst 10 runs in his sixth straight loss.

Buehrle (2-7) gave up 10 hits, nine earned runs and two walks in 3 1-3 innings.

Minnesota, coming off a 14-inning loss to first-place Kansas City, hit four homers and got 20 hits in support of Brad Radke (5-3).


Tom Prince hit a solo shot and Doug Mientkiewicz added a two-run homer in the eighth off David Sanders.

The Twins, who went 25-13 against the White Sox the last two years but lost two of three to them last month, figured to be fighting Chicago for the AL Central lead. Instead, it's the Royals who lead Minnesota and the White Sox.

There wasn't any trouble between the teams, who have had some intense, beanball-filled meetings and exchanged plenty of trash talk the past two years.

With the Twins trailing 2-1 and one out in the third, Kielty drove Buehrle's first pitch over the wall in left-center.

The next inning was awful for Buehrle, who won 35 games the past two years.

Denny Hocking's perfect bunt rolled down the line all the way to third base as Buehrle and Joe Crede waited futilely for it to turn foul, and Luis Rivas loaded the bases with nobody out on a sacrifice bunt that Crede bobbled for one of Chicago's two errors.

Cristian Guzman drove in two with a broken-bat single that nicked off first baseman Brian Daubach's glove, Kielty added a two-run single and -- after Rick White relieved -- Hunter followed with a three-run drive that clanked off the folded football seats in right field to make it 11-2.

That was more than enough for Radke, who won his fourth straight start by giving up nine hits and three runs in seven innings. He struck out three and didn't walk anyone.


Minnesota roughed up White and fellow reliever Gary Glover in the sixth when Hunter hit an RBI single, Pierzynski drove in a run with a double, Hocking with a groundout and Rivas with a single.

Jose Valentin hit his eighth homer in the seventh for the White Sox, whose night turned worse when center fielder Willie Harris made a diving catch of Hunter's liner in the bottom of the inning.

Harris hurt his right shoulder when he landed hard on the artificial turf and was wincing as he left on a cart.

NOTES: Buehrle, whose ERA jumped from 3.86 to 4.96, was 5-1 against Minnesota last year. ... Hocking also drove in a run with a second-inning groundout to end a string of 36 regular-season at-bats without an RBI, dating to Sept. 15, 2002 -- the day Minnesota clinched the AL Central in Cleveland. Hocking also drove in a run in Game 5 of the Twins' victory over Oakland in the AL division series last October. ... Radke will probably begin serving his five-game suspension Saturday for hitting Tampa Bay's Toby Hall with a pitch April 30. Because of an off day Monday, Radke might not have to miss a start if the Twins decide to flip-flop him and Joe Mays in the rotation.

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