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Twins 4, Giants 3 (11 innings)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Coming off a road trip in which they struggled to get key hits in close games, the Minnesota Twins were understandably nervous as Tuesday's game against San Francisco reached extra innings.

The Twins finally got Shannon Stewart to the plate with the game on the line, and just as usual, he came through.

Stewart's two-out RBI single in the 11th inning lifted the Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Giants.

"Shannon Stewart came through again," Torii Hunter said. "Like always."

Michael Cuddyer led off the 11th with a broken-bat single off Jeff Fassero and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brent Abernathy, who could barely lift his right shoulder after running into the wall in foul territory in the top of the inning.

Two batters later, Stewart blooped a single off Tyler Walker that landed just in between second baseman Ray Durham and center fielder Jason Ellison in right-center field.

"I didn't hit the ball that good, but the results were good," Stewart said.

They usually are when Stewart comes up late in the game.

The Twins had lost four of their last five one-run games, but Stewart is no stranger to big hits. This season alone, he had the game-winning homer in the 11th against Cleveland on May 26, the game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning against Kansas City on April 20, and the game-winning double in the ninth against Detroit on April 12.

"I watch all the great players like Michael Jordan, Paul Molitor," Stewart said. "They don't back down. They want to be in those situations."

Twins starter Johan Santana gave up three runs, six hits and struck out seven in eight innings. Jesse Crain (6-0) worked a scoreless 11th to get the win.

Jesse Foppert was impressive in his first major league start in nearly two years and Durham had three hits with a homer, a double and two runs for the Giants, but it wasn't enough to keep them from losing for the 15th time in 17 games.

"He pitched well," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "The kid has got a lot of heart, and gave us a shot to win the game. But we messed up on a couple plays."

Fassero (1-4) took the loss after Scott Munter and Jason Christiansen combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for San Francisco.

Foppert showed little signs of rust after having elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2003, giving up three runs -- two earned -- and five walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Cuddyer had three hits and a home run for the Twins, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit.

Santana fell behind thanks to Durham's homer and RBI singles by Pedro Feliz and Omar Vizquel.

Foppert cruised through the first five innings, giving up just two hits, including Cuddyer's solo homer.

Hunter was nearly picked off in the sixth, but avoided a tag by Feliz to get back safely to first and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Morneau to make it 3-2.

Cuddyer followed with a single and Luis Rodriguez walked to chase Foppert. With the bases loaded and two outs, Munter got Juan Castro to ground to Vizquel's backhand at shortstop. Vizquel wheeled and threw to second, but Durham dropped the ball, allowing Jones to score from third and tie it at 3.

It's been that kind of season for the Giants (25-37), who are 12 games under .500 for the first time since they finished 1996 at 68-94, thanks mostly to the absence of injured superstar Barry Bonds.

Cuddyer led off the fifth with a homer that Alou nearly robbed in left. Alou leaped at the wall, and the ball glanced off his glove and fell into the seats, prompting Alou to throw his mitt to the turf in disgust.

Foppert walked two of the next three hitters, but got designated hitter Lew Ford to ground into an inning-ending double play to keep the lead.

"We lost the game on two bloopers," Alou said. "But we had a couple opportunities there."

Notes

Giants RF Todd Linden made his first appearance of the season after being called up from Triple-A Fresno on Monday. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. ... Giants DH Lance Niekro was scratched from the lineup after fouling a ball off his left big toe during batting practice. ... Jacque Jones' single in the sixth extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. ... Castro went 0-for-5 on Tuesday and is hitless in his last 14 at-bats.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

M. Cuddyer
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
San Francisco

R. Durham
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Jason Ellison, CF4000113 .313
Omar Vizquel, SS5011000 .281
Todd Linden, RF5000032 .000
Moises Alou, LF5010002 .295
Ray Durham, 2B5231002 .274
Deivi Cruz, 3B4000002 .292
Pedro Feliz, 1B4011112 .265
Yorvit Torrealba, DH3000022 .222
Mike Matheny, C3110103 .229
Totals383733718 
Batting
2B - Ray Durham (15, Santana)
HR - Ray Durham (3, Santana)
SH - Deivi Cruz (1)
RBI - Omar Vizquel (18), Ray Durham (15), Pedro Feliz (36)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Vizquel-Durham-Feliz
E - Ray Durham (6, Missed catch)
San Francisco Giants
Jesse Foppert 5.2532521 3.18
Scott Munter (BS,2) 1000100 1.88
Jason Christiansen 1.1000000 3.80
Jeff Fassero (L,1-4) 2.1211010 4.22
Tyler Walker 0.1100010 4.85
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Foppert 95-49, Scott Munter 14-8, Jason Christiansen 6-6, Jeff Fassero 30-20, Tyler Walker 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Foppert 5-9, Scott Munter 4-0, Jason Christiansen 4-0, Jeff Fassero 5-1
Batters Faced - Jesse Foppert 26, Scott Munter 5, Jason Christiansen 4, Jeff Fassero 9, Tyler Walker 2
Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF5021103 .295
Lew Ford, DH4000102 .277
Joe Mauer, C4010112 .298
Torii Hunter, CF5110021 .276
Jacque Jones, RF5110002 .292
Justin Morneau, 1B3001101 .273
Michael Cuddyer, 3B5231001 .268
Luis Rodriguez, 2B1000201 .333
   a- Brent Abernathy, PH-2B1000000 .278
Juan Castro, SS5000011 .240
Totals384836414 
a-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 8th
Batting
HR - Michael Cuddyer (4, Foppert)
SF - Justin Morneau (4)
SH - Brent Abernathy (2)
RBI - Shannon Stewart (31), Justin Morneau (35), Michael Cuddyer (21)
2-OUT RBI - Shannon Stewart (14)
SB - Joe Mauer (4, 2nd base off Foppert/Matheny)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Castro-Rodriguez-Morneau, Rodriguez-Morneau, Castro-Abernathy-Morneau
E - Michael Cuddyer (11, Misplayed grounder), Johan Santana (1, Wild throw)
Minnesota Twins
Johan Santana 8633271 3.32
Juan Rincon 1000100 2.96
Joe Nathan 1000000 2.57
Jesse Crain (W,6-0) 1100000 0.67
HBP - Torrealba (by Juan Rincon)
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 60-47, Juan Rincon 9-5, Joe Nathan 10-6, Jesse Crain 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 10-7, Juan Rincon 1-2, Joe Nathan 1-2, Jesse Crain 1-1
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 32, Juan Rincon 5, Joe Nathan 3, Jesse Crain 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23145
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Lance Barksdale