Series: Game 3 of 4

Cleveland leads 2-1 (as of 9/14)

Game 1: Thursday, September 12
Minnesota 4Final
Cleveland 5
Game 2: Friday, September 13
Minnesota 5Final
Cleveland 12
Game 3: Saturday, September 14
Minnesota 3Final
Cleveland 2
Game 4: Sunday, September 15
Minnesota 5Final
Cleveland 0

Twins 3

(86-63, 37-37 away)

Indians 2

(66-82, 36-41 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 14, 2002

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    CLE 000020000 2 - -

    W: R. Reed (15-7)

    L: C. Sadler (1-2)

    S: E. Guardado (41)

    Twins close in on first playoff berth since '91

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins are a game closer to claiming their first playoff appearance in 11 years.

    Rick Reed

    And they're getting a bit edgy.

    "There's a little tension. You can feel it,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

    Rick Reed went seven strong innings and the Twins used that tension to cut their magic number in the AL Central to two with a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.

    The Twins could clinch a division title with a win at Jacobs Field on Sunday and a Chicago loss at New York.

    After losing two straight to Cleveland, first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz said the Twins got riled up in about the fourth inning.

    "It was like enough's enough. We were waiting to win instead of taking the game to other people, which is what we've done all year,'' he said. "Guys started getting a little fired up and screaming at each other and we responded.''

    Down 2-1 in the seventh inning, Luis Rivas led off with a walk, Jacque Jones doubled and Cristian Guzman hit a two-run single.

    Minnesota arrived in Cleveland on Thursday with a magic number of three and brought in 10 cases of champagne in anticipation of celebrating a division title. The Indians, the defending AL Central champs, have battled to hold off the party.

    "We don't want them to clinch here,'' Jim Thome said. "We respect these guys, but we don't want them to clinch here.''

    Ben Broussard homered for the Indians.

    Reed (15-7) allowed two runs on four hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.

    "He threw about everything at them,'' Gardenhire said.

    Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 41st save in 47 chances.

    The Indians started a battery of Jason Davis and Victor Martinez, who were playing in Double-A Akron a week ago.

    Carl Sadler (1-2) went 1 1/3 innings of relief, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk for the loss.

    Reed is 6-1 in his last seven starts with a 1.57 earned-run average. He improved to 4-1 against Cleveland this season.

    "I think I'm getting away with some stuff. There's a lot of luck involved in the game,'' said Reed, who then knocked on his wooden locker. "Right now, I've got a lot of luck on my side.''

    He saved a run from scoring in the first by throwing out Coco Crisp, who tried to score on Thome's broken-bat grounder in front of the plate.

    "I don't know how I made that play. It happened. He's out. Thank God,'' Reed said.

    Reed's only rough inning was the fifth.

    Broussard, called up a day earlier from Triple-A Buffalo, hit a 410-foot shot into the visitor's bullpen in right field on an 0-1 pitch.

    Reed then hit John McDonald in the back on a 1-2 count. Plate umpire Laz Diaz warned the benches, which brought complaints from both managers.

    McDonald later scored on a single by Ellis Burks for a 2-0 lead.

    Davis cruised through five innings in his first major league start, retiring six of the first eight batters he faced. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing a run on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

    "That kid they threw out there today was tough. ... He was nasty,'' Mientkiewicz said.

    David Ortiz led off the sixth with a double off the left field wall and scored on Mientkiewicz's single to close it to 2-1. Davis left the game after giving up an infield hit to Dustan Mohr.

    J.C. Romero got Jim Thome to hit into a double play in the eighth to end a potential scoring threat.

    Game notes

    Thome has reached base in 43 straight games. ... Twins OF Torii Hunter sat out a second straight night after pulling a muscle in his rear end while running out a ground ball on Thursday. ... The Twins took the lead in the season series 8-7. Minnesota is 42-21 in the AL Central. ... Indians LHP Dave Maurer became to 57th player used by the Indians this season, a club record.

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