Lohse tossed a four-hitter and A.J. Pierzynski and
each doubled in a run as the Twins blanked the
, 5-0, to complete a three-game sweep.
Pounded in losing consecutive starts before leaving Friday's outing against the
Boston Red Sox
without a decision, Lohse (3-3) struck out three without a walk. He improved to 3-1 in five career outings against Tampa Bay.
"They're a free-swinging team," Lohse said. "I was throwing strikes and they were putting the ball in play. They were hitting the ball at guys. It seemed like yesterday they were falling in. Today, there were some good plays in the outfield."
Lohse did not allow an extra-base hit en route to his second career shutout and complete game. The righthander's first in both categories came at the
Chicago White Sox
on August 20, 2002.
"That was pretty good, anytime you can get a starting pitcher to go out there and 'shower with the boys,'" Twins manager
made that statement famous around here and that's what Lohse did, he went right at them."
The Twins completed their second straight sweep of the
and first at Tropicana Field. Minnesota also took a three-game set from Tampa Bay at the Metrodome last week and has won the last 11 meetings between the teams.
"It's kind of weird," Gardenhire said. "(
) wasn't here last year and two years ago they killed us. We've been beat by the (New York) Yankees I don't know how many times in a row. It's hard to understand streaks."
"We can't dwell on it now,"
said. "We had a few games that we probably should have won and we didn't. There's no answers, they just beat us."
matched a team record for consecutive losses against one opponent. They also lost 11 in a row to the
in 2001 and to the Yankees in 1998 and 1999.
"I'm glad we don't play them anymore," Piniella said. "You get tired of losing to the same team. I know I do."
singled twice, but Tampa Bay has lost four straight and eight of its last 10 games.
Tampa Bay starter
(0-1) settled down after yielding three runs in the opening two innings. In seven innings, the righthander allowed four runs - three earned - and seven hits, striking out three and walking two.
hit the third straight single off Brazelton to open the game, driving home
to give the Twins a 1-0 advantage.
"In the first inning, I made some good pitches, but they hit them where we weren't," Brazelton said.
With runners on the corners and none out in the second, Pierzynski drove the ball to deep left-center field and knocked home
to make it 3-0.