Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Cleveland leads 1-0 (as of 7/3)

Game 1: Thursday, July 3
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Minnesota1
Game 2: Friday, July 4
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Minnesota9
Game 3: Saturday, July 5
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Minnesota2
Game 4: Sunday, July 6
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in 10
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Indians 4

(35-49, 17-27 away)

Twins 1

(43-41, 21-21 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 3, 2003

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: C. Sabathia (8-3)

    L: K. Rogers (7-4)

    Twins starters continue to struggle

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- C.C. Sabathia threw a four-hitter and Jody Gerut homered to help the Cleveland Indians hand the stumbling Minnesota Twins their fourth straight defeat, 4-1 on Thursday night.

    Sabathia (8-3) won his fourth straight decision, walking one and striking out five in his first complete game this season and the third of his career.

    Matthew LeCroy homered in the ninth to break up the shutout bid, but Minnesota lost for the 14th time in 19 games.

    Shane Spencer went 2-for-3 with two RBI for Cleveland, which won the first meeting of the season between the AL Central foes.

    The Twins' rotation should've been a strength this season, but their starters have victories in just three of their last 19 outings. During that stretch, their ERA is 7.64.

    Kenny Rogers, the only one who's showed any consistency the past month, pitched well -- but not quite well enough to win.

    Rogers (7-4) gave up three runs, six hits and four walks in 6 2-3 innings -- and was ejected when he hit a batter with a pitch.

    Coco Crisp started the game with a bunt single, reaching when backpedaling first baseman LeCroy couldn't stretch his leg back far enough to touch the bag after the toss from Rogers.

    Lew Ford, giving designated hitter Torii Hunter a rest in center field, misjudged Milton Bradley's double to the warning track that scored Crisp.

    Rogers got two outs in the third before walking two in a row, and Spencer's single drove in former Twin Matt Lawton to put the Indians up 2-0.

    Rogers had Crisp picked off first following a single, but LeCroy couldn't get the ball out of his glove and the throw to second was a little late. With two outs, Crisp scored on a single by Spencer.

    Meanwhile, Sabathia was cruising.

    He had some control problems -- hitting Corey Koskie on the elbow with a pitch in the first and Bobby Kielty on the back of the shoulder in the fifth -- but the only real threat came in the second.

    LeCroy led off with a single, Dustan Mohr walked and Ford sacrificed them over, but Tom Prince struck out and Luis Rivas grounded out.

    Umpire Eric Cooper, who moved from first to behind the plate, warned both benches after Sabathia hit Kielty.

    Rogers was tossed after plunking Bradley with two outs and one on in the seventh, and manager Ron Gardenhire was given his automatic ejection.

    Rogers immediately turned toward the dugout and walked away without an argument. Gardenhire came out for a futile plea with Cooper and left with an exasperated look.

    Game notes


    Gerut homered off Grant Balfour leading off the eighth. ... With 18 meetings left, the Twins and Indians will play nearly one-fourth of their remaining games against each other. ... Plate umpire Bill Hohn was hit in the mask by a foul ball in the second, and he switched to second base for the next inning. Cooper moved from first to behind the plate. ... It was Gardenhire's fifth ejection of the season and the ninth of his two-year career. ... Minnesota LF Jacque Jones (groin) and 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (toe) sat out, and Prince gave A.J. Pierzynski a break behind the plate.

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