Series: Game 1 of 3

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 6/11)

Game 1: Friday, June 11
Game 2: Saturday, June 12
Game 3: Sunday, June 13

Phillies 11

(31-27, 17-14 away)

Twins 6

(33-27, 20-13 home)

    8:10 PM ET, June 11, 2004

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    PHI 000231005 11 14 0
    MIN 010011300 6 12 0

    W: T. Worrell (2-2)

    L: T. Mulholland (0-2)

    Ledee drives in five in win

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ricky Ledee has to make his appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies count.

    He did Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.

    Ledee's three-run homer, his second of the night, capped a five-run ninth inning for the Phillies in an 11-6 victory that ended the Twins' four-game winning streak.

    "I just try not to take anything for granted," said Ledee, batting .406 (13-for-32) with 13 RBI in seven starts this season. "Any opportunity I get, I take very seriously."

    Lew Ford's two-run homer in the seventh for Minnesota tied it at 6, but Jim Thome gave Philadelphia the lead back with a two-run double in the ninth against J.C. Romero.

    Ledee, who also hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Twins starter Seth Greisinger, broke the game open with a three-run shot. Ledee tied a career high with five RBI, and the Phillies scored 11 runs or more for the third straight time.

    "The most impressive thing is that he shows up as a bench player and prepares well every day, the same way," Thome said.

    Ledee participates in every batting practice session, whether he's in the lineup or not, a work ethic that hasn't escaped the notice of manager Larry Bowa.

    "Ledee's going to play again tomorrow," Bowa said. "He'll be in there somewhere."

    Placido Polanco hit a three-run homer in the fifth, and Marlon Byrd added an RBI double in the sixth to give starter Brett Myers a 6-2 lead that he lost in the seventh on Ford's homer. Torii Hunter had an RBI groundout in the sixth and Cristian Guzman did the same in the seventh to chip away at the lead.

    "It's hard to take a guy out when he's throwing the ball good," Bowa said.

    Before the game, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire stressed that Romero had to improve in his role as the top setup man and that Greisinger needed to figure out how to locate his pitches when behind in the count.

    Both turned out to be big problems.

    Romero, who has a 5.70 ERA in 30 innings, relieved Terry Mulholland (0-2) with one out in the ninth. Romero's hard sinker is normally tough for lefties to hit, but three of them reached.

    He walked Bobby Abreu to load the bases before Thome's big hit cleared a leaping Torii Hunter and bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double.

    "I've always considered him one of the best left-handers in the American League," Thome said.

    Gardenhire said he will talk with general manager Terry Ryan about a possible roster move with Romero.

    "We had a chance to win, but we just imploded at the end," Gardenhire said. "That's disappointing."

    Romero left the clubhouse before reporters were allowed in.

    "He's not pitching with confidence," pitching coach Rick Anderson said.

    Jacque Jones went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, and Joe Mauer had a homer among his career-high three hits for Minnesota.

    Greisinger gave up six runs, nine hits and a walk in 5 2-3 innings while striking out three. His ERA now at 6.18, Greisinger left a 3-1 changeup over the plate to Ledee with two outs in the fourth and fell behind 2-1 on the line-drive homer.

    "Right now things just aren't going my way," Greisinger said. "I've just got to work a little harder."

    Myers, whose scheduled start against the White Sox was rained out, gave up six hits, nine runs and a walk in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out seven, with the pitch the Ford being the only real blemish.

    "I went after him with everything I had," Myers said. "I didn't look at it as a mistake or anybody's fault. He just beat me."

    Tim Worrell (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning.

    Game notes

    Philadelphia has 53 homers in its last 36 games. ... Hunter, a three-time Gold Glove winner who made consecutive crucial catches of warning-track flies in a 15-inning win over the New York Mets on Thursday, added another highlight grab in the fourth inning to take an extra-base hit from Abreu. He jumped high and caught the ball with his back to the wall in right-center. ... Thome has 52 RBI in the Metrodome, more than any other road stadium. Bowa said he will DH on Saturday.

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