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Stewart wins collision at plate in 11th

5/12/2004

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins can't seem to win in nine
innings these days.

But as long as they win, they'll take it.

Shannon Stewart knocked the ball out of catcher Dan Wilson's
glove to score from second base in the 11th inning Tuesday night,
giving the Twins a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Stewart scored on Doug Mientkiewicz's bloop single to center off
Ron Villone (3-1). Randy Winn's throw had Stewart beat, but it
short-hopped Wilson at the plate.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Stewart collided with Wilson and
knocked the ball loose as he leaped over him to touch the plate.

"I was going to run into him," Stewart said. "Then I just
jumped over him."

Stewart banged his knee on the dirt when he came down. He was
icing his knee in the clubhouse.

Even with the short hop, Wilson felt he should've had Stewart.

"It doesn't matter," he said. "I've got to make a play."

Aaron Fultz (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Minnesota has gone into extra innings seven times this year,
including four of its last seven games. The Twins are 4-3 overall
in extra innings this year and 3-0 at home in extra innings.

"I can't take it anymore," Mientkiewicz said. "I'd like to
get home before midnight some night."

Said Michael Ryan: "It's like, `Here we go again."

Luis Rivas, who entered with four hits in his previous 40 at
bats, made it 6-all in the eighth with an RBI single that scored
pinch-runner Michael Ryan and capped a four-run rally. Rivas went
3-for-5 with a single, double and triple.

The loss dropped the Mariners to 12-20 -- worst in the AL West in
third-worst in the AL.

Seattle went ahead 6-2 with four runs in the eighth, but
reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa couldn't hold the lead. Hasegawa was
at a loss for words to describe his horrible outing.

"Of course it's frustrating," he said. "But I was calm on the
mound."

Winn and Wilson each had three hits and Scott Spiezio drove in
three runs for the Mariners, who got a season-high seven innings
from Joel Pineiro. Every Mariners starter had at least one hit.

Pineiro, a 16-game winner last year, worked a season-high seven
innings, allowing six hits, two runs and a walk and lowering his
ERA to 6.75.

"It's a tough one to swallow," Pineiro said. "But I think it
was a big turnaround, especially for myself, the way I've been
pitching lately. Hopefully I can take this on to my next one."

Undefeated Twins starter Carlos Silva frustrated the Mariners
through seven innings, but Seattle broke a 2-all tie against
struggling reliever J.C. Romero in the eighth.

John Olerud led off the inning with a single and pinch-runner
Quinton McCracken advanced on Rich Aurilia's sacrifice. McCracken
took third on Wilson's single and scored on Winn's single.

Two batters later, Spiezio tripled off Joe Roa to score Winn and
Ichiro Suzuki and give Seattle a 6-2 lead.

But Hasegawa wasted away Pineiro's performance, allowing two
singles and two walks against his only four batters. He was pulled
for Mike Myers after walking Torii Hunter with the bases loaded.

Myers' first and only pitch hit Jones in the leg, scoring
Mientkiewicz, and Michael Cuddyer came around on Lew Ford's fly
ball to make it 6-5. Two batters later, Rivas tied the game with
his third hit of the night.

In his last eight appearances, Romero is 1-1 with 12 earned runs
and a 12.00 ERA in nine innings.

Manager Ron Gardenhire stayed supportive of Romero.

"I have all the confidence in the world in this guy," he said.
"He's going to be huge for us."

Romero's struggles spoiled another strong outing by Silva, who
allowed two runs and 11 hits -- a career-high as a starter -- in
seven innings.

Hunter's one-out homer in the sixth spared Silva his first loss
in eight career starts. He sent Pineiro's first pitch into the left
field seats to make it 2-all.

Game notes
Silva's 11 hits tied Brad Radke for most hits given up by a
Twins starter this season. ... Twins 3B Corey Koskie left after the
second inning with a strained sternum. He's day to day. ...
Minnesota's Cristian Guzman made a nifty play at shortstop in the
fifth. With one out and Raul Ibanez on first, Olerud lined out hard
to a leaping Guzman, who fired the ball to Mientkiewicz at first.
Ibanez couldn't beat the throw. ... Longtime Twins radio announcer
Herb Carneal turned 81 on Tuesday. ... Mariners RHP Rafael Soriano
was placed on the 15-man DL because of a sprained elbow ligament.
Seattle recalled INF Ramon Santiago from Triple-A Tacoma.