Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Cleveland leads 2-1 (as of 7/5)

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 13

(36-50, 18-28 away)

Twins 2

(44-42, 22-22 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 5, 2003

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: B. Anderson (6-6)

    L: J. Mays (8-6)

    Blake homers twice, drives in seven runs

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Casey Blake went 5-for-5 with two homers and seven RBI against his former team, leading the Cleveland Indians past the struggling Minnesota Twins 13-2 Saturday night.

    Matt Lawton -- another former Twin -- and Milton Bradley homered for the Indians, who got seven solid innings from starter Brian Anderson (6-6).

    The left-hander won his third straight decision, allowing two runs and six hits, four for extra bases. He walked two and struck out four.

    Matthew LeCroy and Corey Koskie hit solo homers for the Twins, who have lost 15 of 21 and again failed to build momentum from an emotional win -- a 9-2 victory over Cleveland on Friday that featured a bench-clearing scuffle and five ejections.

    The Twins beat Kansas City 16-2 on June 19, then lost the next two to Milwaukee. An 11th-inning comeback victory over the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on June 25 was followed by two straight defeats. And a 10th-inning rally past the Brewers last Sunday preceded four consecutive losses.

    Blake set career highs for hits and RBI. He hit a two-run double off Joe Mays (8-6) in the first inning, an RBI single in the third and a double in the fifth. Blake added a solo homer off Grant Balfour in the seventh and a three-run shot off J.C. Romero in the ninth.

    In what might have been a last chance to save his spot in the rotation, Mays lasted only 50 pitches and three innings. Allowing six hits, five runs and a walk, his ERA climbed to 6.57.

    Lawton hit an opposite-field homer with one out in the first, Blake doubled in two runs and Tim Laker drove in another with a groundout to put the Indians up 4-0 after one.

    With two outs and one on in the third, Mays gave up a single to Blake that left fielder Dustan Mohr scooped on one hop. The throw home, up the line, bounced in front of catcher A.J. Pierzynski and skidded away for an error on Mohr as Ben Broussard scored from second to make it 5-0.

    Mays, who signed a $20 million, four-year contract in January 2002 and spent half of last season on the disabled list with an elbow injury, has made quality starts (six innings or more, three runs or fewer) in just seven of 18 outings this year.

    He's given up 18 runs over his last three starts, lasting a total of 8 2-3 innings.

    Johan Santana, the obvious replacement if Mays is indeed removed from the rotation, gave up a two-out RBI single in the fourth to Lawton that tipped off the top of a leaping Cristian Guzman's glove at shortstop.

    A two-run homer by Bradley, the next batter, put Cleveland ahead 8-1, and Brandon Phillips drove in a run in the fifth with a single.

    Santana gave up six hits and four runs in three innings, though he struck out six.

    Game notes


    Blake, a journeyman who got 58 at-bats with the Twins from 2000-02, has 10 homers and 35 RBI as the Indians' starting third baseman this year. He made the team as a non-roster invitee to spring training. ... Lawton was with Minnesota from 1996 until a 2001 trade sent him to the New York Mets, who later dealt him to Cleveland. ... Coco Crisp's streak of seven straight times reaching base to start the game for Cleveland ended. He's bunted on the first pitch in each game this series. ... The Twins' total of 57 double plays ranks last in baseball. Cleveland's 101 leads the majors.

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