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A highlight-reel catch from Hunter in center field helped too. Hunter climbed the wall in right-center field to rob Jim Thome of a home run in the eighth, bringing the 27,090 in the Metrodome to their feet.
The Twins got to White Sox starter Jose Contreras when he is most vulnerable -- the early innings.
The Twins scored three times in the second inning on singles from Jason Tyner, Punto and Michael Cuddyer.
Contreras (4-5) has allowed 21 of his 34 runs this season in the first two innings.
Contreras gave up seven runs over 5 1-3 innings. He allowed 10 hits and struck out four.
Minnesota added two more in the eighth inning, one on a throwing error by Pierzynski., who overthrew third base trying with Hunter stealing. The play prompted many in the Metrodome to begin a mock chant of "A.J., A.J."
Notes: Darin Erstad extended his hitting streak to 12 and Jermaine Dye to 14 with first-inning singles. ... Santana has pitched at least five innings in 102 straight starts. ... The White Sox entered Monday's game last in the AL in batting average (.236), runs scored (188), on-base percentage (.312) and slugging percentage (.376). ... Morneau went 0-for-5 and snapped his 10-game hitting streak.
[Text copied from file received from AP Digital]
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