Dropped fly enables Stewart to score go-ahead run

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Shannon Stewart kept his eye on the ball
while Bobby Crosby lost sight of it.

Stewart scored from first base when Crosby dropped a fly ball in
the 10th inning Saturday, lifting the Minnesota Twins over the
Oakland Athletics 3-2.

Stewart beat out an infield single against Jim Mecir (0-3) with
one out. Cristian Guzman flied out, and Stewart ran on an 0-1 pitch
to Doug Mientkiewicz, who hit a soft fly to shallow left field.
Crosby jogged to make the catch, and the ball bounded off his glove
into the bullpen area for an error.

"I thought it was going to drop in, anyway. It was right in a
good spot," Stewart said. "I saw (Eric) Chavez and I saw the
shortstop. I looked at third and didn't see the pitcher, so I kept
on running. I saw the ball roll away and I was going. It was a good
bounce for us."

Mientkiewicz wound up on second. After an intentional walk to
Corey Koskie, pinch-hitter Mike Ryan struck out.

"I make that play 99 out of a 100 times," Crosby said. "It
was going away from me, and I put my glove up. The ball was shaded
a little bit by my glove. I shouldn't have put it up so soon. It
ticked off the tip. I'm never going to make an excuse for something
like that. I should have made the play."

J.C. Romero (1-2) pitched 2 2-3 innings, helping the Twins win
in their third extra-inning game in five days. Joe Nathan struck
out the side in the 10th around a walk for his eighth save in nine

"You never know what's going to happen in extra innings,"
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We lost last night and lost in
Seattle but we've won our share of these things over the years.
They made a mistake, and we scored a run. You have to feel lucky
when you face (Tim) Hudson. You don't get many opportunities."

Oakland has lost four of six and 10 of 14 overall, and nine of
its last 10 against Minnesota. The A's left the bases loaded in the
ninth when Romero threw a called third strike past Erubiel Durazo.

"We had a couple of opportunities," A's manager Ken Macha
said. "We just didn't come through. Their bullpen is on a par with
a lot of bullpens in the league."

Macha gave a short postgame pep talk to Crosby, whose batting
average fell to .183 after an 0-for-4 day.

"We just talked about keeping his head up," Macha said. "All
I want is for him to play solid defense, and he's done that."

Hudson allowed nine hits in nine innings. After giving up three
hits in the fourth, he retired 15 of his next 17 batters.

Hudson, 3-1 in seven starts, has 24 no-decisions over the past
three seasons, leaving with a lead 14 times.

"It was a grind all day," he said. "I just felt like I needed
to keep it close as long as I could. Unfortunately, they got a
break in the last inning."

Torii Hunter's RBI single put Minnesota ahead in the first, but
Jermaine Dye tripled home Mark Kotsay following a four-pitch walk
in the bottom half.

Jacque Jones homered in the fourth. Adam Melhuse retied it with
a homer off Seth Greisinger in the bottom half.

Greisinger, who lost Tuesday's 16-inning game at Seattle,
allowed six hits in a season-high five innings, throwing 92

Game notes
Kotsay left after the fifth inning because a sore right
knee. ... Hunter remained at designated hitter for a second
straight day to help his tender right hamstring. ... Greisinger has
not won in the majors since May 2002 for Detroit. ... It was the
36th anniversary of Catfish Hunter's perfect game at the Coliseum.
... Guzman is 11-for-29 (.379) in the No. 2 slot, 23-for-80 (.288)
elsewhere in the batting order.