- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 14, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS Rick Reed pitched a five-hitter and Doug Mientkiewicz homered twice as the Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-0 last night.
Mientkiewicz had three hits and drove in three runs. David Ortiz also homered and added a two-run double in Minnesota's four-run fourth inning.
Reed (10-6) struck out four and walked one in his sixth career shutout and first of the season.
Reed has rebounded from a poor midseason stretch in May and June when he won just one game in nine starts. He has won four of his last five starts since a no-decision against Texas on July 12.
Baltimore's Scott Erickson (5-11) was equally strong early, holding the American League Central leaders hitless for three innings.
The Twins got to Erickson in the fourth. Jacque Jones walked to lead off the inning and Cristian Guzman had a bloop single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.
Ortiz followed with a two-run double down the right-field line, and Mientkiewicz hit his seventh homer of the season and first since July 24.
Ortiz led off the sixth with a solo homer his 14th to the upper deck in right field to make it 5-0.
Mientkiewicz connected later in the inning. It was his second career two-homer game, the other coming April 27, 2001, also against the Orioles.
Reed got plenty of help from Minnesota's stellar defense. Center fielder Torii Hunter made a spectacular diving catch on Chris Singleton's line drive to the right-center gap in the first inning, and Mientkiewicz stretched out at first base to snag a throw by Guzman from shortstop on a hit by Chris Richard in the seventh.
Twins second baseman Luis Rivas extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the fifth. Ortiz's double broke an 0-for-19 slump. The Orioles' loss dropped them to 12-40 in their last 52 games against the Twins. Baltimore catcher Geronimo Gil has thrown out 13 of the last 21 runners attempting to steal and has thrown out 25 of 68 (.368) for the season, second best in the majors.
As part of Native American Heritage Night, pro golfer Notah Begay III, a college teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford, put a different spin on throwing out the first pitch. Begay used a 9-iron to chip the ball off the Metrodome turf to Twins catcher Tom Prince. The shot was a little high and outside.

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