Final in 11

Series: Game 2 of 3

Toronto leads 2-0 (as of 4/5)

Game 1: Friday, April 4
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Minnesota2
Game 2: Saturday, April 5
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Game 3: Sunday, April 6
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Blue Jays 4

(2-3, 2-0 away)

Twins 3

(3-2, 0-2 home)

7:05 PM ET, April 5, 2003

Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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W: P. Walker (1-0)

L: E. Guardado (0-1)

S: K. Escobar (1)

Blue Jays have won two straight against Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After a night of near misses at the plate, Josh Phelps knew what was coming in his final at-bat.

Josh Phelps
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Phelps homered off Eddie Guardado with one out in the top of the 11th inning Saturday night to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

"Guardado features a high fastball, and that's what I was looking for,'' said Phelps, who also homered in the Blue Jays' 7-2 victory Friday night.

He sent an 0-1 pitch from Guardado (0-1) -- the Twins' All-Star closer -- into the seats in left-center field to give the Blue Jays their second win in two days after going 1-6 against the AL Central champions last season.

"Just left it up,'' Guardado said. "He's going to be a very good hitter. You make a mistake, he'll make you pay.''

Kelvim Escobar pitched the bottom of the 11th for his first save, and Pete Walker (1-0) picked up the victory.

The teams left a total of 26 runners on base.

Carlos Delgado went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Shannon Stewart was 2-for-3 with three walks and two runs for the Blue Jays, who stranded seven in scoring position like the Twins.

J.C. Romero escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the 10th for the Twins. Eric Hinske struck out on a checked-swing appeal to third-base umpire Greg Gibson, and plate umpire Randy Marsh ejected him for slamming his bat in disgust. Then Vernon Wells flied out on a 3-1 count. Bobby Kielty went 2-for-5 with two RBI for Minnesota, tying the game at 3 in the eighth with a two-out double. Jacque Jones led off the ninth with a double, but Walker relieved Trever Miller and sent it to extra innings.

The Twins left two on in the fifth, wasted Matthew LeCroy's leadoff double in the sixth and stranded Cristian Guzman in the seventh after a two-out triple.

Roy Halladay, one of the AL's most promising young starters after making the All-Star team, winning 19 games and finishing fifth in the league with a 2.93 ERA last year, rebounded well for Toronto after being battered by the Yankees on opening day.

Halladay yielded eight runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings against New York, but he gave up eight hits, two runs and a walk while striking out three in seven innings in this one.

"I'm just happy we won,'' Halladay said. "That's a good team over there.''

Veteran Kenny Rogers didn't do as well in his Minnesota debut.

"My sinker was really poor, and that's my main pitch,'' said Rogers, who wasn't given much help from Marsh on the inside half of the plate.

"I just didn't adjust, for lack of a better word. I wasn't uncomfortable with what I was doing out there. I just got too fine with some of my pitches.''

Rogers, signed for $2 million this season to bolster the rotation when Eric Milton went down with a knee injury, didn't join the team until spring training was more than half done.

Rogers struck out two and worked out of some tough spots -- the Blue Jays left the bases loaded in both the second and third -- but needed 82 pitches to get through four innings.

Rogers, 13-8 with a 3.84 ERA for Texas last year, gave up eight hits, three runs and two walks. He had a 2-1 lead in the second after Doug Mientkiewicz's one-out double and a single by Kielty, but the Blue Jays broke through with two outs in the fourth on an RBI ground-rule double by Wells and a run-scoring single by Delgado.

"I'm sure we'll get better here as we go along,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Rogers.

Game notes


After playing Delgado's third-inning double off the wall in left, Jones sent a relay throw soaring over the cutoff man that Rogers had to make a leaping catch of near first base. Jones doubled over in laughter, as did Torii Hunter in center. ... Hunter landed hard on his stomach trying to dive for Chris Woodward's double in the 10th and stayed on the turf for a few seconds. Jones went over to check on him and, upon realizing his buddy was OK, started laughing. "He did it to me,'' Jones said. ... Jones rolled his left ankle while retreating to second base on a pickoff throw in the ninth. He had ice on it after the game, but he said he was fine. ... The game drew 31,421 -- up from last year's crowd of 25,268 at home game No. 2. ... Halladay was 9-1 on the road last year.

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