Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Minnesota won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, May 17
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Toronto5
Game 2: Tuesday, May 18
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Game 3: Wednesday, May 19
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Twins 6

(24-15, 11-10 away)

Blue Jays 5

(17-24, 9-13 home)

    12:35 PM ET, May 19, 2004

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    MIN 000002004 6 9 1
    TOR 020001200 5 8 1

    W: A. Fultz (2-1)

    L: T. Adams (3-3)

    S: J. Nathan (13)

    LeCroy, last man on bench, comes through

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins had only one reserve for Wednesday's game. It was enough.

    Pinch-hitter Matthew LeCroy hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to give the Twins a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Torii Hunter, Michael Ryan and Henry Blanco singled off Toronto closer Terry Adams (3-3) before LeCroy came to the plate in place of Alex Prieto. He sent his first homer of the season over the center-field wall to put Minnesota ahead.

    "What was amazing about it, was that I was the only guy left on the bench because everybody was hurt," LeCroy said.

    Minnesota left fielder Shannon Stewart missed the game because of a left foot injury, first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz is sidelined with a hyperextended lower back and Luis Rivas has a sore groin.

    "That's a big win," LeCroy said. "Had we lost, it could have turned a good trip into a bad one."

    The Twins went 4-2 on their trip.

    It was the first pinch-hit grand slam for Minnesota since Greg Colbrunn's against the Blue Jays on Aug. 4, 1997.

    "Guys who wouldn't normally hug, we're hugging," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire. "It's a big win for us. We probably didn't deserve it, but if you keep playing nine innings good things happen."

    Aaron Fultz (2-1) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the win. Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

    "We stole a win," Nathan said. "Down three runs in the ninth, nobody is expecting us to get this win. It's huge because we get to go home 4-2 before we play Chicago."

    Minnesota has trailed in 16 of its 24 wins.

    Despite the dramatic way Toronto lost the game, Adams was staying positive.

    "I'm not demoralized at all. It's a game," Adams said. "I'll go home tonight and play with my son. I'll come back tomorrow. It's just tough, you know, but that's the life of a closer. You come in and you blow it, and everything is on your shoulders, and you lose a game."

    Toronto's Gregg Zaun went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, raising his average to .483 since being called up from Triple-A Syracuse on April 27 to replace injured catcher Greg Myers.

    Vernon Wells doubled off Minnesota starter Kyle Lohse in the sixth before Lohse intentionally walked Carlos Delgado. Zaun then singled in Wells to give Toronto a 3-2 lead.

    Wells gave the Blue Jays a 5-2 lead in the seventh when he hit a two-run single off Juan Rincon.

    Josh Phelps hit an RBI single and Simon Pond hit a run-scoring grounder, giving Toronto a 2-0 lead in the second.

    Jose Offerman tied it in the sixth with a two-run double.

    Game notes


    The Twins host a four-game series against their division rival, the Chicago White Sox, starting Thursday. ... Attendance was 25,675. About 14,000 school children attended the game. ... The Blue Jays have homered just once over their last nine games.

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