Final in 14

Series: Game 3 of 4

Cleveland leads 2-1 (as of 8/13)

Game 1: Monday, August 11
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 12
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 13
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Game 4: Thursday, August 14
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Indians 5

(52-69, 22-40 away)

Twins 0

(61-59, 33-29 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 13, 2003

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: T. Mulholland (2-2)

    L: J. Rincon (3-5)

    Cleveland 5, Minnesota 0 (14 innings)

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians couldn't squander their opportunity in the 14th inning even if they wanted -- Minnesota wouldn't let them.

    Ryan Ludwick hit an RBI single, and the Indians scored four more times without hitting the ball out of the infield on their way to a 5-0 victory over the Twins Wednesday night.

    It was the longest scoreless game in the majors since the Chicago Cubs beat Houston 1-0 in 16 innings on May 31 at Wrigley Field.

    "Something had to happen," Ludwick said in an upbeat clubhouse after a game that took 4 hours, 25 minutes. "It was a matter of waiting and waiting. It kind of got to the point where it was almost ridiculous."

    Though the majority of the announced crowd of 30,082 was long gone at game's end, the Twins fell to 0-8 at home this year when playing in front of 30,000 or more fans. They dropped 3{ games behind Kansas City, which beat the Yankees 11-0, in the AL Central.

    "To go 14 innings and then lose is probably more frustrating then getting spanked early on," Minnesota's Michael Restovich said. "They got that big inning, and it was kind of end of story."

    David Riske worked the 14th after Terry Mulholland (2-2) pitched four scoreless innings for the win.

    "He's pitched like that all year," manager Eric Wedge said. "He gave us multiple opportunities to win."

    Casey Blake led off the final inning with an infield single and took third on Jody Gerut's single to center off Juan Rincon (3-5), who gave up Ludwick's hit.

    J.C. Romero gave up a sacrifice to Ben Broussard, intentionally walked Tim Laker and grazed Travis Hafner with a pitch to force in the second run. Jhonny Peralta drove in a run on an infield single. When Romero fielded his chopper and threw low to first base another run scored.

    John McDonald drove in the final run with a groundout.

    "We were out of bullets, basically," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

    Johan Santana shut out Cleveland for eight innings, and LaTroy Hawkins and Eddie Guardado each followed with two scoreless innings for the Twins.

    Jason Davis pitched six shutout innings for the Indians, whose starters have posted a 3.00 ERA in their last 10 games.

    Minnesota wasted myriad opportunities to win. Two runners reached in the 10th, but Doug Mientkiewicz grounded into an inning-ending double play.

    Jacque Jones was stranded after a leadoff single in the ninth by Rafael Bettencourt -- who also bailed the Indians out of an eighth-inning jam.

    Pinch-hitter Mike Ryan, called up the day before from Triple-A Rochester, doubled to begin the inning against former Twin Jack Cressend -- who misplayed Cristian Guzman's bunt for an error and was replaced by Bettencourt.

    But Shannon Stewart grounded out, Ryan was tagged out trying to score on a fielder's choice by Luis Rivas and Corey Koskie ended the inning with a fielder's choice.

    "You're not going to win a baseball game if you don't score," Gardenhire said.

    McDonald ended an 0-for-19 slump with a two-out, ground-rule double on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth, but he was the third runner left in scoring position against Santana when Coco Crisp flied out to center.

    Davis was ejected in the third inning of the Indians' 9-2 loss at the Metrodome on July 4 for throwing inside to Torii Hunter, but he was a lot better this time.

    Despite stretching his winless streak to eight starts, Davis allowed just two hits and two walks in six innings while striking out six. He didn't give up a run for the first time this year.

    "It was an outstanding start for him," Wedge said.

    Game notes


    CF Milton Bradley missed his fifth straight game with back spasms and was sent back to Cleveland to get an MRI. ... The Twins have only hit 20 homers since the All-Star break, the second-fewest in the AL. ... Indians RHP Mark Wohlers had Tommy John surgery on his torn elbow Wednesday and will begin rehabilitation within the next two weeks. ... Cliff Lee is expected to be called up this weekend and start Saturday for Cleveland, giving the Indians a six-man rotation. ... Twins RHP Rick Reed, scratched from Tuesday's start with a sore back, should return to the rotation Sunday in Kansas City.

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