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CHICAGO (AP) -- Justin Morneau homered three times in the second game of a doubleheader and the Minnesota Twins capped a huge day on offense by routing the Chicago White Sox 12-0 on Friday night.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Justin Morneau homered three times in the second game of a doubleheader and the Minnesota Twins capped a huge day on offense by routing the Chicago White Sox 12-0 on Friday night.

Morneau became the fourth Twins player to hit three home runs in a game, and Minnesota hit six in all in the nightcap to complete the sweep. The Twins won 20-14 in the opener of the day-night doubleheader.

Morneau hit a three-run drive in the first, a solo shot in the third and a two-run homer in the seventh, giving him 23 on the year. That put him alongside Bob Allison, Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva as the only Twins to hit three in a game. Morneau flied to left in the eighth, falling one shy of the major-league record.

Torii Hunter added a solo shot in the third after going deep in the early game, Michael Cuddyer hit a solo homer in the fifth and Jeff Cirillo pinch hit a three-run homer in the seventh.

This came after a day game that featured more runs than any contest in more than eight years.


The 34 runs were the most since May 19, 1999, when Cincinnati beat Colorado 24-12, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

But a major scare tempered the good vibe.

Catcher Mike Redmond suffered a bloody gash on his head after Chicago's Jim Thome accidentally hit him in the head with his bat in the first inning of the second game.

Thome fouled off a pitch and lost control of the bat on the backswing, sending it flying into the right side of Redmond's head. The catcher immediately went down and stayed there for several minutes as blood poured out, before walking off the field. He received stitches at the ballpark.

Designated hitter Joe Mauer went in to catch for the Twins, meaning starting pitcher Matt Garza became the first pitcher to hit in an American League game since Boston's Hipolito Pichardo at Seattle on July 31, 2000.

Garza (1-0) pitched six shutout innings, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out six in his first start and second appearance this season since being called up from Triple-A Rochester.

Gavin Floyd (0-1) allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, struck out two and walked four in his first appearance for the White Sox. Acquired from Philadelphia in the Freddy Garcia trade last December, Floyd was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.

Morneau lined his first homer of the game off the Holiday Inn sign at the back of the bullpen. He and Hunter hit back-to-back shots in the third -- the third time the Twins did that this year.


It was Morneau's fourth multi-homer game this season and the eighth of his career.

Morneau became the fourth big league player to connect three times in a game this season, joining Houston's Carlos Lee (April 13), the Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano (June 8) and Texas' Brad Wilkerson (July 3).

It was fitting given what happened in the first game.

Hunter homered, Jason Kubel hit a grand slam, and the Twins handed Jon Garland one of the worst beatings of his career in the opener.

It was the most runs for the Twins since they scored 23 against Cleveland on June 4, 2002. The White Sox had not surrendered 20 since April 2, 1998, against Texas.

Garland (6-6) tied a career-high by allowing 12 runs, 11 of them earned. He gave up 11 hits, tying a season-high, walked three and did not strike out a batter.

He did all that in just 3 1-3 innings, his earliest exit since lasting 2 2-3 innings against Detroit on Aug. 19, 2004. But that was enough time for his ERA to leap from 3.15 to 3.92.

Garland's day ended when Kubel hit the second grand slam of his career to make it 12-4 -- even though things had gotten ugly long before that.


"The result was absolutely terrible," Garland said. "I'm embarrassed by it."

Scott Baker (3-3) got the win despite allowing seven runs and nine hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Chicago set season highs for runs and hits (18). It was the most runs for the White Sox since scoring 20 against St. Louis on June 20, 2006.

"I didn't know we were going to play a football game," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Kubel drove in a career-high seven runs for the Twins. Mauer had four hits and tied a career-high with five RBIs. Hunter, Luis Castillo, Jason Bartlett and Morneau each had three hits, and Minnesota banged out 21 in all -- one shy of their season-high.

Notes: The Twins' previous season-high was 16 runs against Detroit on May 13. ... Hunter delivered a highlight reel play in the third inning of the first game when the center fielder raced into the gap to snag Juan Uribe's drive to left-center. He leaped as he backhanded the ball, avoiding a collision with Kubel. ... The White Sox placed reliever Mike MacDougal on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and activated right-hander Dewon Day (sore back).

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