Series: Game 1 of 3

Minnesota leads 1-0 (as of 8/26)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 26
Game 2: Wednesday, August 27
Game 3: Thursday, August 28

Twins 3

(68-63, 33-31 away)

Angels 0

(63-69, 37-30 home)

    10:05 PM ET, August 26, 2003

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    MIN 010001100 3 12 0
    ANA 000000000 0 5 0

    W: B. Radke (10-10)

    L: J. Lackey (8-13)

    Minnesota 3, Anaheim 0

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire knew it was a lost cause. There was no way he was going to get Brad Radke to come out of the game two outs short of a shutout.

    Gardenhire went back to the dugout alone and Radke finished his five-hitter -- getting a huge assist from catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who completed a game-ending double play by throwing out Chone Figgins on a strikeout by Tim Salmon as the Twins beat the Anaheim Angels 3-0 Tuesday night.

    "I only had one decision, and that was in the ninth -- whether you leave him in or take him out," Gardenhire said. "He wanted the ball. I got halfway to the mound, and he's looking at me and going, `No way. I'm not coming out."

    Radke (10-10) struck out four and walked one while improving to 7-2 with a 1.47 ERA in nine career starts at Anaheim. The victory ended Minnesota's seven-game losing streak against the World Series champions, a skid that began with Game 2 of the ALCS.

    The right-hander won for the fifth time in six decisions with help from home runs by Jacque Jones and Luis Rivas. Radke retired 13 in a row before Figgins singled with one out in the ninth. Jeff DaVanon popped up an attempted sacrifice and Garret Anderson singled, bringing Gardenhire to the mound.

    "I saw Ron walking out and I started shaking my head because I didn't want to come out of the game," Radke said. "He told me, `Don't make a mistake.' I think he was trying to fire me up. But I wasn't buying it because I wasn't going to get too excited."

    Salmon tried to check his swing on a 3-2 changeup with both runners going, but plate umpire Jeff Kellogg ruled he went around -- and Pierzynski made a snap throw to third baseman Denny Hocking for the tag on Figgins.

    "That's the downside of putting guys in motion, but we're going to stay aggressive," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "They executed that play perfectly, and that was the ballgame."

    All three teams in the AL Central race won, so the Twins remained 1{ games behind the Chicago White Sox and a half-game behind the second-place Kansas City Royals.

    It was the first time Radke and Anaheim's John Lackey (8-13) started against each other since Game 4 of the ALCS, when they dueled through six scoreless innings before the Angels won 7-1. The following day, Adam Kennedy hit three home runs to put Anaheim in the World Series.

    "I thought about that a little bit. I mean, the atmosphere wasn't like it was back in October, but it's still a big win for us," Radke said. "It feels good to win a game, especially when the Royals and White Sox won tonight."

    The shutout was the eighth in 278 career starts for Radke, who pitched his 32nd complete game and stranded a runner in scoring position in three of the first four innings.

    "I felt the same from the first through the ninth, but I got away with a lot of pitches," Radke said. "I threw some balls that they hit hard, but were right at guys. Lucky for me, they were all swinging at the first couple of pitches and hit them somewhere, so that made my job easier."

    The Twins got four consecutive singles with one out in the second, but got only one run.

    Torii Hunter tried to score behind Jones on Hocking's hit to center, and center fielder Figgins made a one-hop throw to the wrong side of the plate. Hunter missed the plate with his left hand and catcher Bengie Molina missed the sweep tag, but Hunter was tagged out after scrambling back.

    Minnesota increased the margin to 2-0 in the sixth on Jones' leadoff homer, and Rivas' eighth of the season capped the scoring with two outs in the seventh.

    Lackey allowed three runs and 10 hits in eight innings, striking out five and walking one.

    Game notes

    The Angels make their first visit to the Metrodome next Monday for a three-game series. ... Minnesota All-Star closer Eddie Guardado, who set a franchise record last season with 45 saves, needs one save to join Ron Perranoski, Jeff Reardon and Rick Aguilera as the only Twins pitchers with consecutive seasons of 30 or more saves. ... The Angels posed for their 2003 team photo. DH Brad Fullmer, who is on the disabled list, missed the photo. ... Garret Anderson doubled in the first inning for his major league-leading 75th extra-base hit. He needs 14 more to break the club record he set last season. ... The game was played in 2 hours, 12 minutes. Radke threw 97 pitches.

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