Series: Game 3 of 3

Minnesota won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, June 7
Game 2: Wednesday, June 8
Game 3: Thursday, June 9

Twins 3

(35-23, 17-12 away)

Diamondbacks 4

(32-29, 17-14 home)

    9:40 PM ET, June 9, 2005

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: J. Vazquez (6-4)

    L: K. Lohse (5-4)

    S: B. Bruney (6)

    Diamondbacks tag Lohse for all four runs

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Jose Cruz Jr. and the Arizona Diamondbacks got the bounce they've been waiting for Thursday night.

    Cruz's homer just over the right-field fence started a three-run fourth inning and the Diamondbacks beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.

    "I hooked that ball pretty good and it had a lot of topspin on it," Cruz said. "I ran hard and stepped on first, then saw it rattling around down there. We've been waiting for a break and that was it."

    Cruz also helped the Diamondbacks defensively, making a running catch of a long fly ball by Shannon Stewart on the warning track to end a Minnesota rally.

    Cruz missed 27 games with a lower back strain.

    "He's starting to gain some ground out there," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

    Javier Vazquez pitched six solid innings for the Diamondbacks, who won for just the second time in their last nine games. Vazquez (6-4) allowed three runs and three hits while allowing three walks, the first he has issued since the end of April.

    Vazquez had faced 221 consecutive batters without allowing a walk before walking Michael Cuddyer in the fifth.

    "I felt good but my command was off a little bit," Vazquez said. "For me [the walk streak] isn't important. If there's a walk or not is a non-issue to me."

    Javier Lopez got the first two outs in the ninth and was replaced by Brian Bruney, who allowed a walk and a hit before striking out pinch-hitter Matt LeCroy for his sixth save in nine chances.

    "We're immune to one-run games," Melvin said. "We've had enough of them. It's not like we haven't been there before."

    Justin Morneau and Jacque Jones homered for the Twins, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.

    One night after being shut out on three hits by Johan Santana, the Diamondbacks opened an early 4-0 lead against Kyle Lohse (5-4).

    "Any time you get a chance to win a series, that's what it's all about," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We had a chance to sweep them here but they played well, they came back and jumped on us early and got some runs off Lohse in the first four innings and then held a lead."

    Craig Counsell led off the first with a stand-up triple to the gap in right-center field and scored on Alex Cintron's grounder to short.

    Cruz lined his homer just over the right-field fence leading off the fourth. Chad Tracy and Chris Snyder followed with consecutive singles and Vazquez sacrificed the runners to second and third. Tracy scored on a groundout by Counsell and Cintron added an RBI single for a 4-0 lead.

    "It kind of got away from me that one inning," Lohse said. "But I battled and kept us in the game. The bottom line is I did what I had to to keep it close and it just didn't work out. I had nothing today. My fastball was all over the place. But the key is to be able to pitch out of jams."

    Morneau hit a one-out homer, his eighth, into the picnic pavilion behind the concourse in deep center field in the fifth to pull the Twins within 4-1. Vazquez then walked Cuddyer and Juan Castro, but escaped the jam when Lohse struck out and Shannon Stewart flew out to Cruz at the warning track.

    Jones made it 4-3 with a two-out homer in the sixth, his eighth, extending his hitting streak to nine games.

    Lohse allowed four runs and seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

    Game notes

    Vazquez had thrown a club-record 54 1/3 innings without issuing a walk. Vazquez's last walk came on April 25 to Los Angeles pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee. Vazquez's streak was the longest in the majors since David Wells' 59-inning run from Sept. 6, 2002 to April 21, 2003. ... Before the game, the Diamondbacks optioned RHP Mike Koplove to Triple-A Tucson and recalled RHP Edgar Gonzalez from Tucson. Gonzalez, who started 12 games in Tucson, will move to the bullpen and become Arizona's long reliever. Koplove was 2-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 30 games for the Diamondbacks.

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