Final in 14

Series: Game 3 of 3

Cleveland won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, July 25
Game 2: Saturday, July 26
Game 3: Sunday, July 27
in 14

Twins 2

(51-53, 23-28 away)

Indians 3

(44-61, 25-27 home)

    1:05 PM ET, July 27, 2003

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    W: R. Betancourt (1-1)

    L: J. Rincon (2-4)

    Indians' Laker knocks in winning run in 14th

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Tim Laker, who missed an earlier chance to win it, hit an RBI single with two outs in the 14th inning Sunday to give the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

    Laker, who left the bases loaded when he popped up off Juan Rincon (2-4) for the final out of the 10th inning, came through the second time against the right-hander as the Indians won two of three in the series.

    Rafael Betancourt (1-1) pitched the 14th for his first major league win.

    Casey Blake doubled with one out in the 14th off Rincon, who was pitching his fifth inning. Jody Gerut moved Blake up with a groundout, and Milton Bradley was intentionally walked.

    Zach Sorensen also walked, and Laker lined Rincon's next pitch into left. The Indians improved to just 3-8 since the All-Star break.

    Cleveland set a club record with five sacrifice bunts. But even when the Indians moved the go-ahead run into scoring position, the Indians couldn't get the clutch hit until the 14th.

    Rookie Jhonny Peralta homered for Cleveland.

    Minnesota dropped to 7-4 since the break and fell 6{ games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.

    The Twins couldn't put it away in the ninth as closer Eddie Guardado made a fielding error that helped Cleveland load the bases. The Indians tied it on rookie pinch-hitter Victor Martinez's sacrifice fly.

    It was Minnesota's first loss in 46 games when leading after eight innings.

    Minnesota starter Rick Reed allowed one run and six hits in seven innings. As usual, the right-hander had control of all his pitches. He struck out four and walked none.

    Reed has the lowest walks-to-innings ratio among active major league pitchers with at least 1,000 innings.

    Indians rookie starter Jason Davis gave up two runs and 10 hits while going nine innings for the second time this season. He pitched well, but remained winless since June 29.

    After missing some early scoring chances against Davis, the Twins took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when A.J. Pierzynski led off with a double and scored on Jacque Jones' single.

    Peralta lined his first career homer onto the terrace in left to tie it 1-1 in the third. The 21-year-old is one of 13 rookies on Cleveland's 25-man roster.

    Davis barely avoided a big inning in the third when the Twins had runners at second and third with none out. Doug Mientkiewicz lined a shot through the middle at Davis, who only had time to open his glove to snare it.

    Davis, though, threw a wild pitch with Torii Hunter up, giving Minnesota one run.

    Indians second baseman John McDonald made a dazzling defensive play with a behind-the-back throw to get forceout at second base in the second inning.

    With two outs and a runner at first, Cristian Guzman hit a grounder that McDonald backhanded on the run in the outfield grass. While still at full speed, McDonald flipped the ball behind his back to Peralta for the force.

    Game notes

    Cleveland has had four sacrifice bunts in a game five times, most recently in 1989. ... Portions of Eddie Murray's Hall of Fame induction speech in Cooperstown, N.Y., were shown on the jumbo scoreboard. Cleveland fans responded with chants of "Ed-die, Ed-die" as the former Indians first baseman and current hitting coach made his remarks. ... Twins RF Shannon Stewart had two hits and is batting .419 (18-for-43) since coming over in a July 16 trade with Toronto. ... Peralta, who turned 21 in May, is the AL's youngest position player.

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