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Twins 6, Indians 3 (11 innings)

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Joe Mays stood at his locker, shrugged his shoulders and sighed. As usual, he left the ballpark feeling unfulfilled and unsatisfied after facing the Indians.

But this time, the Twins' right-hander wasn't unhappy.

"We won," said Mays, who remained 0-7 in 19 career games against Cleveland. "With what I had tonight I was pumped to get to the seventh inning."

Justin Morneau dropped in a three-run double just out of center fielder Grady Sizemore's reach with two outs in the 11th inning, sending Minnesota to a 6-3 win over Cleveland on Tuesday night.

After falling behind 0-2 to Scott Sauerbeck, Morneau hit a soft liner toward the gap in left-center that a diving Sizemore couldn't quite snag, clearing the bases to propel the Twins to their fifth win in seven games.

"I knew right away I had to go hard to get it," Sizemore said. "In that situation, you've got to dive for anything. I was going to give it everything I had. It sliced away from me a little bit. I just missed it."

Jesse Crain (4-0) pitched two innings, and Joe Nathan worked the 11th for 13th save in 14 tries.

Sizemore and Jody Gerut homered for the Indians, who had their winning streak stopped at three. They have not won four in a row this season.

Nick Punto opened the 11th with a double off David Riske (1-1), and Juan Castro sacrificed. Shannon Stewart walked before Indians manager Eric Wedge brought in Sauerbeck, a left-hander, to face Joe Mauer.

The Twins catcher struck out, but Sauerbeck walked right-hander Lew Ford, and Morneau made him pay with his clutch hit.

"That was scary," said Morneau, who had an RBI single in the seventh. "When I saw him (Sizemore) dive I thought, `Oh, no.' The wind finally worked in our advantage."

Before Minnesota scored, Sauerbeck, who wasn't upset with his pitch to Morneau, had stranded all 17 runners he inherited this season.

"It wasn't too bad," he said. "It had sharp break to it, but I got too much of the plate. I thought he hit it right at Grady, then it started slicing and the wind moved it 10 feet away from him."

Sauerbeck tormented himself by watching a video replay after the game.

"It was like watching a bad dream in slow motion," he said.

Despite not having his best stuff, Mays was four outs from an overdue first career win against Cleveland when the Indians rallied to tie it 3-3 in the eighth with an unearned run off reliever Juan Rincon.

The Indians are the only AL team the right-hander has not beaten since making his major league debut in 1999. He gave up two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"There isn't anything frustrating because we still won," Mays said. "This game isn't all individualism, it's about the team."

Before Mays went out for the seventh, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire asked his pitcher how he was feeling.

"He said, 'I'm a little cold, and I have no location,"' Gardenhire said. "'Otherwise I'm fine."

Mays was helped by two inning-ending double plays and some strong defense in the fifth when Mauer threw out Jose Hernandez trying to steal and the Twins completed a gorgeous relay to cut down Jhonny Peralta at third trying to stretch a double.

"That was not a good sequence of events," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook again pitched well and came away with nothing to show for his effort.

He allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, leaving with the score tied 2-all. Westbrook, who won 14 games and made the All-Star team in 2004, has lost three one-run games this season and twice when he pitched a complete game.

Gerut evened it at 1-1 in the fifth with his first homer since Sept. 8, a shot into the right-field seats. He began the season on the disabled list after tearing a knee ligament while playing right field last Sept. 17.


Twins Jacque Jones was ejected in the sixth by plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt for arguing a called third strike. ... Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. During the streak, he's batting .383 (18-for-47) with eight RBI. ... Indians OF Juan Gonzalez went 0-for-4 in the first game of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo. The two-time AL MVP, who signed as a free agent in January, has been sidelined since spring training with hamstring injuries. ... Cleveland's chilly weather refuses to warm up. Through the first 19 home dates at Jacobs Field, the average gametime temperature has been 54 degrees.

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Players of the Game

G. Sizemore
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

J. Morneau
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF5100101 .283
Joe Mauer, C5110113 .311
Lew Ford, RF3221200 .284
Justin Morneau, 1B5024113 .328
Torii Hunter, CF5010104 .237
Jacque Jones, DH3000012 .274
   a- Terry Tiffee, PH-DH2000000 .189
Michael Cuddyer, 3B5011021 .278
Nick Punto, 2B5110015 .283
Juan Castro, SS4110000 .273
a-flied out for Jones in the 8th
2B - Justin Morneau (7, Sauerbeck), Nick Punto (8, Riske), Juan Castro (4, Westbrook)
SH - Juan Castro (4)
RBI - Lew Ford (21), Justin Morneau 4 (29), Michael Cuddyer (16)
2-OUT RBI - Lew Ford (15), Justin Morneau 4 (14), Michael Cuddyer (6)
SB - Lew Ford (3, 2nd base off Westbrook/Martinez), Torii Hunter (13, 3rd base off Westbrook/Martinez), Jacque Jones (3, 2nd base off Westbrook/Martinez)
Team LOB - 11
Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1
DP - Castro-Morneau, Punto-Castro-Morneau, Punto-Castro-Morneau
E - Juan Castro (2, misplayed grounder), Shannon Stewart (1, wild throw)
Minnesota Twins
Joe Mays 6.2622302 3.88
Terry Mulholland (H,2) 0.1000000 4.58
Juan Rincon (BS,3) 1110100 2.60
Jesse Crain (W,4-0) 2000000 1.06
Joe Nathan (S,13) 1000110 1.86
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Mays 54-31, Juan Rincon 24-15, Jesse Crain 23-16, Joe Nathan 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Mays 7-8, Terry Mulholland 1-0, Juan Rincon 2-2, Jesse Crain 3-3
Batters Faced - Joe Mays 24, Terry Mulholland 1, Juan Rincon 6, Jesse Crain 6, Joe Nathan 4
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5121001 .276
Casey Blake, RF4000104 .205
Travis Hafner, DH4011102 .271
Victor Martinez, C5010014 .191
Ben Broussard, 1B4000101 .262
Ron Belliard, 2B4000002 .272
Jody Gerut, LF4111001 .389
Jose Hernandez, 3B1010100 .230
   a- Alex Cora, PH-SS2000000 .233
Jhonny Peralta, SS2010101 .265
    Aaron Boone, PR-3B1100000 .158
a-grounded out for Hernandez in the 8th
2B - Jhonny Peralta (7, Mays)
HR - Grady Sizemore (4, Mays), Jody Gerut (1, Mays)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (19), Travis Hafner (19), Jody Gerut (2)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Hafner (9)
CS - Jose Hernandez (2, 2nd base by Mays/Mauer)
Team LOB - 5
E - Ron Belliard (3, misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook 6522230 5.50
Bob Howry 0.2011200 2.89
Arthur Rhodes0100000 0.87
Matt Miller 1.1000010 0.00
Bob Wickman 1100010 3.12
David Riske (L,1-1) 1.1122100 1.74
Scott Sauerbeck 0.2111110 4.20
HBP - Ford (by Bob Wickman)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 62-36, Bob Howry 17-8, Matt Miller 9-6, Bob Wickman 18-10, David Riske 18-10, Scott Sauerbeck 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 13-3, Bob Howry 1-1, Matt Miller 2-1, David Riske 2-2
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 26, Bob Howry 4, Arthur Rhodes 1, Matt Miller 4, Bob Wickman 5, David Riske 6, Scott Sauerbeck 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15884
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Bruce Froemming