Series: Game 1 of 3

Minnesota leads 1-0 (as of 7/25)

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

Twins 6

(51-51, 23-26 away)

Indians 5

(42-61, 23-27 home)

7:05 PM ET, July 25, 2003

Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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MIN 000120201 6 11 2
CLE 211001000 5 10 1

W: L. Hawkins (8-2)

L: D. Baez (0-7)

S: E. Guardado (24)

Minnesota 6, Cleveland 5

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Doug Mientkiewicz hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning, leading the Minnesota Twins over the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Friday night.

Danys Baez (0-7) gave up a single to Cristian Guzman leading off the ninth. Guzman stole second and scored on a two-out hit by Mientkiewicz, who finished with two doubles and two RBI.

LaTroy Hawkins (8-2) got two outs in the eighth for the win.

Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two for his 24th save as the Twins improved to 2-3 against the Indians this season. Cleveland has lost nine of 10 overall.

Down 5-3 in the seventh, the Twins tied it against David Riske, who entered with two outs after starter Jake Westbrook walked Luis Rivas on four pitches.

Riske gave up an RBI double to Mientkiewicz and an RBI single to Torii Hunter before striking out A.J. Pierzynski.

Rookie Ryan Ludwick led off the sixth with a 410-foot shot over the 17-foot wall in left-center for his second career homer. His double off the left-field wall in the third put the Indians up 4-0.

Minnesota won despite failing to put away Westbrook, who struggled through the fourth and fifth after setting down eight straight batters early.

The Twins got three straight singles to load the bases with one out in the fourth, but could only score once on Justin Morneau's fielder's choice.

Westbrook walked Guzman leading off the fifth, then Shannon Stewart drove a double to left. Jody Gerut misplayed the ball, allowing Guzman to score.

Rivas walked and Mientkiewicz singled to load the bases with no outs. Hunter drove in a run on a fielder's choice to make it 4-3, but Pierzynski hit into a double play to end the inning.

Westbrook tied his longest outing of the season, going 6 2-3 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks. He had a season-high six strikeouts.

Twins starter Kenny Rogers gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk. He threw 118 pitches over six innings.

Rogers settled down after three rough innings, retiring eight straight batters, then gave up the homer to Ludwick.

Coco Crisp led off the first with bloop double down the right-field line. Casey Blake reached base with a bunt that Rogers couldn't handle. Milton Bradley then blooped a double down the left-field line, scoring Crisp. Blake scored from first on Jacque Jones' throwing error.

Crisp had an RBI single in the second. Stewart, Mientkiewicz and Bradley each had three hits.

Game notes

The Indians scored more than four runs for the first time in 12 games dating to July 11, when they scored 12. They had scored four runs in nine of 11 games. ... The Twins are 7-2 since the All-Star break after losing 22 of 28. ... Stewart is hitting .469 (15-for-32) since he was acquired from Toronto on July 16. ... Ludwick got his first homer of the year and his first two RBI. He was traded by Texas on July 18. ... 2B Angel Santos got his third major league hit, and first with the Indians, in the sixth.

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