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Two first-inning homers pave way for Twins

4/5/2002

TORONTO (AP) -- Rick Reed trusted the Minnesota bullpen enough to
tell his manager he was tired.

David Ortiz and Torii Hunter hit consecutive homers in the first
inning, and Reed combined with three relievers on a four-hitter
Friday night to lead the Twins over the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3.

"I thought Rick Reed was fantastic, but he told us he was out
of gas," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "One thing you
want from a starting pitcher is for them to be honest to you when
they are out of gas, and he told us he out of gas, so we went to
our bullpen and they did a great job."

Reed (1-0) gave up a homer to Shannon Stewart on his first pitch
but wound up allowing just one more run -- Carlos Delgado's homer in
the fourth.

Reed allowed three hits in five innings. J.C Romero, Mike
Jackson and Eddie Guardado finished, with Guardado getting his
third save.

"The bullpen did an outstanding job," Reed said. "You
couldn't ask for a better job than they did."

Reed said there's no reason to lie when your tired.

"I used to not say anything, but I got to the point where why
lie," Reed said. "Why go out there and possibly blow the game for
the team just because your ego gets in the way. I was totally
honest, and I've been that way the last couple of years."

Guardado allowed a leadoff homer to pinch-hitter Dave Berg and
walked Raul Mondesi, but Delgado hit into a double play and Jose
Cruz Jr. flied to deep left.

Toronto drew 15,764, the lowest crowd at SkyDome since 15,078
came to a game against Tampa Bay last June 5.

"The game was close, but we just couldn't pull through against
their bullpen," Toronto's Shannon Stewart said.

Ortiz hit a two-run homer off Brandon Lyon (0-1) and Hunter's
homer into the second deck in left made it 3-0.

Minnesota made it 4-1 in the second after three errors. Tom
Prince reached on third baseman Eric Hinske's throwing error,
Jacque Jones singled to right and Mondesi bobbled the ball,
allowing Prince to advance to third.

Hinske took Mondesi's throw, and threw to shortstop Felipe Lopez
at second in an effort to get Jones out, but the ball deflected off
Lopez's glove, allowing Prince to score. Hinske was charged with
another error.

Lyon allowed four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in four
innings.

Game notes
The Blue Jays placed Opening Day starter Chris Carpenter on
the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. ... Toronto
reliever Corey Thurman made his major-league debut, allowing two
hits in 1 2/3 innings. ... Toronto manager Buck Martinez will be a
guest conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on Saturday.
Martinez will conduct the overture of Rossini's "William Tell."
... Reed went 3-0 against Toronto last season. ... Last season, the
Blue Jays drew 18,071 fans to their second home game.