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Minnesota 12, Anaheim 6

9/3/2003

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins put a couple of bad games
behind them and patiently hit their way into sole possession of
second place in the AL Central.

Rookie Michael Ryan hit a three-run homer, Cristian Guzman had a
three-run triple and the Twins beat the Anaheim Angels 12-6 on
Tuesday night.

Moving within a game of the division-leading Chicago White Sox
and a game ahead of Kansas City, Minnesota built a 12-1 lead after
four innings and finished with 14 hits in support of Kyle Lohse
(12-10).

The Twins gave up 21 runs in its previous two games -- both
losses.

"This team doesn't look back," Ryan said. "We didn't cry
about yesterday's game or let that carry over until today."

Shawn Wooten went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI for
Anaheim, which lost for the first time in four games on its road
trip.

Corey Koskie went 3-for-5 with two runs, Torii Hunter was
2-for-3 with three runs and Matthew LeCroy went 2-for-3 with two
walks and an RBI for the Twins.

Minnesota knocked out Anaheim starter Aaron Sele (7-10) in a
six-run third by waiting on his curveball instead of trying to
swing too hard -- a common problem for them.

"We stayed on the ball, drove the ball all over the field and
ran around the bases pretty good," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"That was a lot of fun to see."

The big hits came from the bottom two batters in the order,
where Ryan and Guzman were assigned.

With Hunter on second and two outs in the second, A.J.
Pierzynski was nicked by a pitch on his toe and Ryan hit a 1-1
pitch for his second career homer -- and second in as many games --
to put the Twins up 3-0.

After LeCroy drove in a runs with a single, Jacque Jones hit an
RBI double and Hunter added an RBI single, Sele walked Ryan to load
the bases with two outs. Guzman cleared the bases with a triple --
his 12th -- down the right-field line that sent Sele to the dugout
with a 9-1 deficit.

The nine runs tied a career high, the most he's given up since
he pitched for Texas on May 16, 1999, against Baltimore.

Sele, who has won only once in his last nine starts while still
recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, gave up eight hits and
walked one and struck out two in 2 2-3 innings.

"I haven't been doing anything consistent all year long," Sele
said. "I programmed myself for a long year, and it's been a long
year."

Facing Kevin Gregg in the fourth, the Twins added three more
runs with an RBI triple by Koskie, a double-play groundout by Jones
that scored Koskie and an RBI single by Pierzynski -- the last Twins
starter to get a hit.

Lohse lasted seven innings, giving up a career-high 12 hits,
four runs and a walk while striking out one. He won for the sixth
time in seven starts.

"If you can scatter 12 hits, I guess that's what I did," Lohse
said.

"It's frustrating, but it's kind of been that way all year,"
Wooten said. "When we've hit the ball, we've given up lots of
runs. And when our pitching has been solid, it seems like we lose
2-1. It's a bad trend."

Brad Thomas, making his first appearance since 2001, gave up two
runs in the eighth on RBI doubles by Adam Riggs and Chone Figgins
that pulled the Angels to 12-6.

Jesse Orosco -- acquired in a trade Sunday -- made his Minnesota
debut in the ninth, allowing two hits in a scoreless inning. The
crowd of 13,307 was on its feet for the final out, cheering for the
46-year-old as if he were clinging to a one-run lead.

"They get excited when he's out there," Gardenhire said.
"That's a pretty good story."

Game notes
Dustan Mohr replaced Hunter in CF in the top of the fifth
after Hunter hit his chin hard on the dirt during a head-first
slide into second base the previous inning. ... The Angels called
up OF Barry Wesson from Triple-A Salt Lake. ... Anaheim OF Darin
Erstad, who has battled a hamstring injury all year long and began
a second stint on the disabled list Aug. 9, did some running before
the game. He'll be evaluated again when the team returns home this
weekend to play Kansas City. ... Twins 1B Doug Mientkiewicz, who
sat out for the second straight game, had his sore wrist examined
by a hand specialist Tuesday. Mientkiewicz, who plans to have
surgery in the offseason, probably won't play until the weekend.
... Guzman returned to Minnesota's lineup after twisting his back
on Saturday. He made a leaping catch of Figgins' liner to SS to end
the sixth.