Mike Brown and Juan Beniquez hit two-run homers in the second inning in Chicago to start California to a victory that widened its lead in the AL West to 1 1/2 games over the White Sox. Beniquez also had a triple and teammate Bob Boone homered with the bases empty to help rookie Urbano Lugo (2-1) win.

Beniquez, who is seven for nine in the series, has 24 hits in his last 51 trips for a .472 average.

"I'm concentrating (on being) more and more selective when I'm up at bat," said Beniquez, 35. "I hit what I want to hit. If they pitch me away, I go to the opposite field.

"I also have a lot of confidence now that (Manager) Gene Mauch has me in there playing every day against all kind of pitching and in tough situations."

He batted .305 in 1983 and .336 last year. Mauch said, "He has been one of the best right-handed hitters in the league the last three years."

After Tim Lollar (2-4) walked Bobby Grich to open the second, Boone hit into a force play. Brown's second homer this season made it 2-0, then Gary Pettis singled and Beniquez's fifth homer made it 4-0.