Series: Game 3 of 4

Minnesota leads 2-1 (as of 4/6)

Game 1: Thursday, April 4
Minnesota 2Final
Toronto 7
Game 2: Friday, April 5
Minnesota 4Final
Toronto 3
Game 3: Saturday, April 6
Minnesota 7Final
Toronto 5
Game 4: Sunday, April 7
Minnesota 10Final
Toronto 6

Twins 7

(4-1, 4-1 away)

Blue Jays 5

(2-2, 1-2 home)

    1:05 PM ET, April 6, 2002

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    MIN 150000001 7 - -
    TOR 201000020 5 - -

    W: L. Hawkins (1-0)

    L: S. Eyre (0-1)

    S: E. Guardado (4)

    Jones, bullpen lead way for Twins

    TORONTO (AP) -- If Eddie Guardado lives up to his nickname, he could lead the AL in saves.

    Jacque Jones

    Eddie Guardado

    Guardado saved his fourth game of the season and Jacque Jones hit his third home run as the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 Saturday.

    Guardado, nicknamed Everyday Eddie, has saved all of Minnesota's victories.

    "I'm just happy with four," said Guardado, who got the nickname after making 60 or more appearances in each of his last six seasons.

    "The nickname has stuck with me," Guardado said. "I guess it's good because I'm in the big leagues with a nickname."

    Guardado was a situational left-hander for seven years before becoming the closer late last season.

    "Eddie gets the ball. We don't call him Everyday Eddie for nothing," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's almost pitched everyday."

    Up 6-3 in the eighth, Minnesota reliever Bob Wells loaded the bases after Tom Wilson, Homer Bush and Felipe Lopez hit three straight singles. Shannon Stewart followed with a two-run single to left.

    Left-hander J.C. Romero, making his fourth appearance of the season, struck out Raul Mondesi and got Carlos Delgado to pop up to shortstop Cristian Guzman to end the threat.

    "We should give J.C. a nickname. It should be Everyday Romero,", Guardado said. "If I don't stick with this closer's role, I'm gone."

    Jones' homer off Kelvim Escobar gave Minnesota a 7-5 lead in the ninth.

    LaTroy Hawkins (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win.

    "The bullpen has been good so far," Minnesota's Doug Mientkiewicz said. "Hopefully, we don't use them too much so they are fresh at the end of the year."

    Mientkiewicz hit an RBI double off Scott Eyre (0-1) in the first inning.

    The Twins scored five runs in the second after Corey Koskie led off with a single and Dustan Mohr doubled. Jay Canizaro followed with what looked to be a single, but right-fielder Vernon Wells, normally the center fielder, allowed the ball to bounce over his head for a triple, scoring Koskie and Mohr.

    Tom Prince followed with an RBI single, Jones walked and Guzman reached after Lopez bobbled a grounder at shortstop for an error, loading the bases.

    Mientkiewicz then hit an RBI groundout and David Ortiz followed with a sacrifice fly, giving Minnesota a 6-2 lead.

    Eyre allowed six runs -- five earned -- and five hits in six innings.

    "This was very frustrating because I was good in the last four innings," Eyre said. "I do have good stuff. I can pitch in the big leagues. It's frustrating when you are not aggressive."

    Minnesota starter Kyle Lohse allowed three runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 inning

    Delgado's RBI single and Jose Cruz Jr.'s RBI grounder gave Toronto a 2-1 lead in the first.

    Consecutive doubles by Mondesi and Delgado cut the lead to 6-3 in the third.

    Game notes

    Stewart made his first start in left field after playing DH in Toronto's first three games. Mondesi was the DH. ... Toronto 2B Dave Berg left the game in the fifth with a sprained left ankle. ... Minnesota 2B Luis Rivas remains day to day with a bruised forearm. ... The Twins were one of the majors' biggest early season surprises last year, winning 14 of their first 17 games. ... Eyre, originally scheduled to start Sunday, was moved up in the rotation to fill in for the injured Chris Carpenter.

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