Twins 7, Braves 3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - In the field and at the plate, Luis Castillo did it all for Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Castillo had three hits, drove in two runs and made a couple of stellar plays at second base to lead the Twins to a 7-to-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Rookie Kevin Slowey improved to 2-and-0 -- giving up two earned runs on seven hits in another solid performance. Torii Hunter added a two-run double for the Twins.

Jeff Francoeur and Scott Thorman hit solo homers for the Braves, but it wasn't enough after a shaky start from Kyle Davies -- who fell to 3-and-5.

The right-hander allowed five runs on six hits in 3 2-3 innings -- his shortest outing of the season -- and the Braves lost for the seventh time in 10 games.

There were plenty of Braves fans in the Metrodome crowd, and those cheering for both teams probably couldn't help but reminisce about the thrilling World Series back in 1991.

Jack Morris threw a 10-inning shutout in Game 7 to lead the Twins to their second championship in what many observers have called one of the greatest World Series of all time.

Braves starter John Smoltz is the only player in the building who appeared in the Metrodome 16 years ago, and Atlanta could have used him on the mound.

Shortstop Edgar Renteria did NOT play for the Braves. Manager Bobby Cox said he was a gametimes decision with a bruised left hand that came when he was hit by a pitch Sunday night.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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