Twins 5, White Sox 0 By NANCY ARMOUR

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kyle Lohse pitched a four-hitter and Jacque Jones hit his second leadoff homer in as many days as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 5-0 Tuesday night.

It was the sixth straight loss for the White Sox, who dropped a season-high 10 games under .500.

Lohse (11-7) got his first complete game in the 42nd start of his career. He struck out eight and walked two.

Torii Hunter drove in two runs and made a spectacular catch for the Twins, who extended their AL Central lead to 16 1/2 games over Chicago.


Jim Parque, trying to prove he belongs in the White Sox rotation again, had his second straight rough outing. Parque (1-3) gave up five runs -- four earned -- and five hits in 5 1-3 innings.

In his last two outings, Parque has a 12.15 ERA.

The Twins wasted little time going after the left-hander. For a second straight night, Jones jump started Minnesota's offense with a leadoff home run. It's his eighth of the season and gives him 13 for his career, one shy of the club record set by Chuck Knoblauch.

Minnesota tacked on three more in the third before Chicago could even get an out. The White Sox should have known they were in for a rough time when Willie Harris began the inning by bobbling what should have been a routine grounder by Luis Rivas.

Rivas reached on the error, and Parque walked Jones. Cristian Guzman followed with an RBI single, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games.

Hunter then lined one through the hole between first and second for a two-run single that gave Minnesota a 4-0 lead.

The White Sox finally got out of the inning with a double play and a popup.

While Lohse stymied the White Sox for most of the night, they didn't take advantage of the few opportunities they had. Their best chance to score came in the fifth, when they had runners at the corners after first baseman David Ortiz's error with two outs.


But Hunter made a spectacular leaping grab at the center-field wall on a drive by Carlos Lee. The White Sox didn't put a runner in scoring position the rest of the game.

Notes: Lohse's previous longest outing was eight innings, also against the White Sox. ... Chicago DH Frank Thomas, booed in every at-bat, went 0-for-4. ... Ordonez extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games with his first-inning single. ... The Twins are 8-4 against the White Sox this year. In the 1990s, the Twins won only two season series (1994 and 1996) against Chicago.

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