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Updated: Thursday, May 8, 2003 11:10 PM EDT
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Minnesota Twins
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R H E
5 8 1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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0 4 2
W Lohse (3-3)
L Brazelton (0-1)
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MINNESOTA 5, TAMPA BAY 0
K Lohse: 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
T Hunter: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Kyle Lohse rediscovered his winning ways in style as the Minnesota Twins continued their mastery of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays .

Lohse tossed a four-hitter and A.J. Pierzynski and Torii Hunter each doubled in a run as the Twins blanked the Devil Rays , 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 Ron Gardenhire said. " Jack Morris 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 Devil Rays 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. "( Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella ) 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," Devil Rays third baseman Damion Easley said. "We had a few games that we probably should have won and we didn't. There's no answers, they just beat us."

The Devil Rays matched a team record for consecutive losses against one opponent. They also lost 11 in a row to the Red Sox 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."

Rookie Rocco Baldelli singled twice, but Tampa Bay has lost four straight and eight of its last 10 games.

Tampa Bay starter Dewon Brazelton (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.

Corey Koskie hit the third straight single off Brazelton to open the game, driving home Jacque Jones 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 Dustan Mohr and Doug Mientkiewicz to make it 3-0.


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