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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.