Series: Game 3 of 3

Toronto won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, April 4
Game 2: Saturday, April 5
in 11
Game 3: Sunday, April 6

Blue Jays 8

(3-3, 3-0 away)

Twins 1

(3-3, 0-3 home)

    2:05 PM ET, April 6, 2003

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

    123456789 R H E
    TOR 204200000 8 11 0
    MIN 000001000 1 9 0

    W: C. Lidle (1-1)

    L: B. Radke (1-1)

    Lidle, Jays complete sweep of Twins

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins are usually one of the toughest teams to beat at home. For one weekend, the Toronto Blue Jays had no problems doing it.

    Carlos Delgado homered and drove in four runs, and Cory Lidle pitched seven strong innings as Toronto completed a three-game sweep of the Twins with an 8-1 victory Sunday.

    The Twins were 101-61 at the Metrodome over the past two seasons, but were swept at home for just the third time since the beginning of the 2001 season.

    "That's not the norm here,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We expect to win at home. Teams don't come in here and get us like this.''

    Lidle (1-1) kept the Twins hitters in their season-opening slump, while Delgado led the offensive charge against Twins starter Brad Radke.

    Delgado hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his second of the season, and added a two-run single in a four-run third. He was 5-for-9 with six RBI in the final two games of the series.

    "I've felt good yesterday and today,'' Delgado said. "The first few games I've been jumpy.''

    Lidle allowed one run on six hits over seven innings, striking out seven. Minnesota has scored just 20 runs in six games and is batting .242 as a team.

    The Blue Jays swept a three-game series at the Metrodome for the first time since 1993, the second of their consecutive World Series championship seasons.

    "The most important thing was to win the series and get us out of here on a higher note,'' Lidle said. The Blue Jays rebounded from a season-opening sweep at home by the New York Yankees.

    Radke (1-1), sharp in his first start at Detroit, was hit hard, giving up eight runs and 10 hits in three-plus innings. The eight earned runs tied Radke's career high, set four times previously -- the last against Boston on July 6, 2000.

    "I didn't throw any good pitches,'' Radke said. "The ones I did throw were the ones they took.''

    With the Minnesota bullpen taxed after its top four relievers combined to pitch seven innings Saturday, the Twins needed a strong start from Radke -- and didn't get it.

    Delgado jumped on a hanging breaking ball with one on and two outs in the first inning, sending it over the center-field fence.

    Radke then allowed the first five Blue Jays to reach base in the third. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases before he walked Vernon Wells on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run.

    Delgado followed with a sharp single that caromed off shortstop Chris Gomez's glove, scoring two more runs to make it 5-0. Another run came home on Greg Myers' single.

    "With veterans like Radke and (Saturday starter Kenny) Rogers, you have to get on them early,'' Wells said. "If you let them settle in, it'll be over.''

    Frank Catalanotto's two-run double in the fourth chased Radke, who was replaced by Juan Rincon.

    Gomez's RBI single in the sixth accounted for Minnesota's only run.

    Game notes

    The Twins' game Monday at Yankee Stadium was postponed because of a forecast of heavy snow in New York. The Yankees' home opener was pushed back to Tuesday. ... Minnesota placed RHP Mike Fetters on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled Rincon from Triple-A Rochester. Rincon retired 15 of 16 hitters and struck out a career-high six in five innings of relief. ... Toronto catcher Myers was shaken up in the fourth inning when Lidle's pitch bounced in front of the plate and hit him in the neck, but he stayed in the game. ... The Twins gave struggling outfielder Torii Hunter (3-for-21) the day off and used Jacque Jones as the DH after he turned his left ankle in the ninth inning Saturday. Bobby Kielty played left, Dustan Mohr started in center and Michael Cuddyer started in right. ... Gomez made his first start at shortstop for the Twins. ... Wells has at least one RBI in each of the Blue Jays' first six games. ... Lidle lost to the Yankees in his Toronto debut last Tuesday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press