Final in 13

Series: Game 3 of 3

Minnesota won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, April 29
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 30
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Game 3: Thursday, May 1
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Devil Rays 5

(10-18, 2-10 away)

Twins 6

(13-14, 6-7 home)

    1:05 PM ET, May 1, 2003

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: T. Fiore (1-0)

    L: T. Harper (0-2)

    Guzman hits game-winning RBI in 13th inning

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Cristian Guzman's timely hit in the 13th inning completed Minnesota's long rally and its three-game sweep over Tampa Bay.

    Guzman's double off Travis Harper scored Jacque Jones as the Twins beat the Devil Rays 6-5 on Thursday. Guzman sent a 3-2 offering from Harper (0-2) into left-center for the game-winning RBI.

    Jones reached second on a bizarre ground-rule double. Left fielder Carl Crawford and center fielder Rocco Baldelli converged on what appeared to be an easy fly. But both slowed down and the ball dropped between them and bounced over the center field wall to set up Guzman's hit.

    Baldelli said he lost the ball in the Metrodome's lights.

    "I had it off the bat," he said. "Sometimes you see it when it comes back out, but I didn't find it."

    Guzman went 0-for-5 on Wednesday night, but finished 3-for-6 on Thursday.

    "I had to do something, you know," Guzman said.

    Tony Fiore (1-0) worked two innings for the win as the Twins overcame an early 4-0 deficit. Tampa Bay lost its eighth straight to the Twins, the Devil Rays' longest losing streak to an opponent.

    The Twins (13-14) started May off on a high note after a rocky beginning to the season. The defending AL Central Division champs endured a string of defeats, including a couple of blowouts to the New York Yankees and began the day six games out of first place.

    They looked to be on their way to another disappointing loss when starter Joe Mays gave up four runs in the first inning.

    "They didn't get down because I spotted them four runs early," Mays said. "They kept battling and that's the type of team we were last year. Hopefully, today shows the guys that we can still do this."

    Minnesota sent it into extra innings on Bobby Kielty's one-out sacrifice fly in the ninth. Lance Carter, who blew his second save of the season, intentionally walked Torii Hunter to load the bases for Kielty, who flied out to center to score Corey Koskie. Koskie scored before the Devil Rays caught Dustan Mohr between second and third to end the inning.

    "It's been a while since we've seen that kind of fire in our eyes," Mays said.

    Kielty's RBI cost Tampa Bay starter Steve Parris his first win of the season.

    Parris, who gave up five runs in only four innings last Saturday against Baltimore, allowed three runs and five hits in five innings and looked to be on his way for his first win in his last 10 starts.

    "You think you have the game in hand, and it comes to bite you," Baldelli said.

    Coming into the game, opponents were batting only .167 against Mays in the first inning. But Baldelli started things with a double and the Devil Rays got Mays for three more hits. But Mays settled down after the first and threw six more solid innings.

    His lone blemish was a solo homer to Aubrey Huff in the fifth.

    "Joe had one bad inning, and after that he settled down," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It didn't look like he had a good fastball. He used his other stuff and got through."

    After falling behind 4-1, the Twins rallied with a two-run fourth inning on a home run from Koskie and a two-out single by A.J. Pierzynski.

    But Huff made his first career hit off Mays a memorable one, hitting a 2-2 pitch 448 feet over the center field wall to put Tampa Bay up 5-3.

    Pierzynski scored Hunter on a ground out to make it 5-4 in the sixth.

    The atmosphere was less chaotic than during Wednesday night's game, which had five ejections and four hit batters. Victor Zambrano hit two Minnesota batters, including a high fastball that plunked Matthew LeCroy on his arm.

    Game notes
    Dustan Mohr pinch-ran for LeCroy after he was hit by Zambrano in the seventh. ... Jones stranded six runners. ... SS Rey Ordonez didn't start because of by pain in his ankle and toe. Escalona started in his place. Ordonez entered in the ninth and went 0-for-1. ... Twins 1B Doug Mientkiewicz left the game after injuring his thumb in the third inning, when he fielded a hard shot from Anderson. X-rays came back negative. ... The Twins placed RHP Mike Fetters on the disabled list after he re-aggravated a right hamstring injury Wednesday night. RHP Juan Rincon will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

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