Series: Game 1 of 3

Minnesota leads 1-0 (as of 5/24)

Game 1: Friday, May 24
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Anaheim 1
Game 2: Saturday, May 25
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in 13
Anaheim 4
Game 3: Sunday, May 26
Minnesota 5Final
Anaheim 2

Twins 5

(27-21, 10-14 away)

Angels 1

(27-18, 14-11 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 24, 2002

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: R. Reed (5-2)

    L: R. Ortiz (4-5)

    Reed's three-hitter throws Angels off course

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Rick Reed was concentrating on his curveball and pitch location, not his pitch count.

    Reed pitched a three-hitter and was backed by three homers as the Minnesota Twins beat the Anaheim Angels 5-1 Friday night. The right-hander threw 103 pitches, just above the limit manager Ron Gardenhire prefers for his starters.

    "I didn't pay attention to that. I was really worried about my breaking ball,'' Reed said. "I didn't have a curveball the first three innings, but I kind of kicked myself in the rear end and said I've got to keep throwing it -- even though I wasn't able to throw it for a strike -- because you can't throw fastballs to a team like that.''

    Only three Angels reached base. Darin Erstad singled with one-out in the first on a fastball away, Brad Fullmer homered on a slider leading off the fifth, and Bengie Molina hit a two-out single in the eighth on another fastball.

    "That was the talk before the game, that we might want to start these guys off with some breaking balls,'' Reed said. "The only offspeed pitch I had was my changeup -- and I wasn't able to throw that for strikes. So it was basically four-seam fastballs and two-seam fastballs. But I eventually found my breaking ball, and that set up my fastball.''

    Reed, who allowed seven home runs in his previous two starts, struck out four en route to his 11th career complete game.

    It was the first time Reed went the distance in 22 starts since joining the Twins last July 30 in a trade from the Mets. He had three complete games last season with New York.

    "He's got pinpoint control and he throws all of his pitches for strikes,'' Erstad said. "We're an aggressive team, but he made all of his pitches count. Even when one of his pitches isn't working, he's got others.''

    Jacque Jones led off the game with a home run, and Torii Hunter and A.J. Pierzynski also homered for the Twins, who dealt the Angels just their fourth loss in 25 games.

    Ramon Ortiz (4-5) allowed five runs, seven hits and three homers in 7 1-3 innings, after serving up four home runs against the Chicago White Sox in his previous start. Ortiz has allowed a major league-worst 16 homers this season.

    Jones drove the first pitch of the game deep into the right-field seats for his ninth of the season. It was the fourth time this season that Jones led off the first inning with a home run, and the ninth time in his career.

    Hunter, who leads Minnesota with 32 RBIs, hit another first-pitch homer with two outs in the third for a 4-0 lead after Jones and Christian Guzman opened the inning with singles. Pierzynski made it 5-0 in the fourth with his first home run of the season.

    "He was always around the plate,'' Hunter said. "The umpire was giving the corner to both pitchers, so we knew that if something was around the plate, we had to swing. And we did that.''

    Ortiz hit Jones his next two times up -- once in the backside, then on the right foot. The right-hander had plunked only one batter over his previous 60 2-3 innings this season.

    "After Jacque banged the ball his first two times up, it looked like they was just trying to come inside and back him off the plate,'' Gardenhire said. "That's just old school baseball, so I don't think they were throwing at him. Let's hope that they weren't trying to throw at him.''

    Game notes

    An aerial advertising plane crash-landed in the Edison Field parking lot about 3 1-2 hours before game time and two hours before the gates opened. The pilot and his passenger both walked away from the wreckage. ... Hunter's homer was his fifth hit in 10 career at-bats against Ortiz to that point. ... Twins 3B Corey Koskie, sidelined since pulling his right-hamstring on May 7, was back in the starting lineup and went 0-for-3 with a walk. ... Angels SS David Eckstein, who missed his third game because of a sprained left knee, wore a knee brace while taking grounders for the first time since getting injured. ... Alfredo Amezaga made his major league debut, starting at shortstop for Eckstein.

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