Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Minnesota leads 1-0 (as of 9/9)

Game 1: Monday, September 9
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Minnesota 5
Game 2: Tuesday, September 10
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Minnesota 11
Game 3: Wednesday, September 11
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Minnesota 8

Tigers 2

(52-92, 21-52 away)

Twins 5

(83-61, 47-26 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 9, 2002

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: R. Reed (14-7)

    L: M. Maroth (5-8)

    S: E. Guardado (40)

    Twins' scoreless streak ends at 20 innings

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Even without his best stuff, Rick Reed's pitching was enough to help lift the Minnesota Twins to victory.

    Jacque Jones
    Jones

    Reed pitched six-plus innings and Dustan Mohr hit an RBI double and scored twice as the Twins ended their 20-inning scoreless streak and beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Monday night.

    After being shutout in consecutive games by Oakland left-handers Barry Zito and Mark Mulder, the AL Central leaders broke through against lefty Mike Maroth.

    Jacque Jones drove in two runs as the Twins finished with nine hits, nearly matching their 10-hit output over the previous two games.

    ''We got back on the winning track. Rick Reed gave us a great performance,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said.

    Reed (14-7), the most consistent starter in Minnesota's injury-plagued rotation this year, gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. After a strong start, Reed ran into some trouble against Detroit's hitters, but pitched himself out of some tough situations.

    His biggest mistake came in the seventh when Eric Munson, promoted from Triple-A Toledo over the weekend, hit his second homer in 11 major league at-bats this season to bring the Tigers within 3-2.

    ''He didn't throw his best game tonight. He was a little bit more wild than he usually is. But he got the job done,'' catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. ''He got out of a couple of situations. He made the pitches when he had to, and that's what makes him a good pitcher.''

    Reed is 8-2 since the All-Star break with a 2.69 ERA.

    ''I'm throwing the same old garbage out there, right now they're not hitting it. Or they're hitting it at somebody,'' Reed said.

    J.C. Romero pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Eddie Guardado worked the ninth for his AL-leading 40th save in 46 tries.

    Minnesota added some insurance in the bottom of the seventh, with Doug Mientkiewicz and Mohr hitting doubles for one run and Jones adding an RBI single with two outs.

    ''The back-to-back hits hurt me,'' Maroth said.

    The Twins are 19-26 against left-handed starters this season.

    Minnesota ended its scoreless string in the third after Mohr drew a leadoff walk from Maroth (5-8). Pierzynski singled, Luis Rivas hit an RBI single and Jones had a run-scoring grounder.

    ''It was a little frustrating not getting an out in a couple of those innings,'' Maroth said. ''They just kept getting hits to start the inning.''

    In the sixth, Cristian Guzman brought the small crowd to its feet after hitting a triple to center and scoring on a bad throw by Bobby Higginson to give the Twins a 3-1 lead. The speedy Guzman had no trouble making it to third, but Higginson committed his seventh error of the season by overthrowing third baseman Chris Truby.

    ''We just got some hits here, and some hits there, and some two-out hits, which we haven't been getting the past few nights,'' Pierzynski said.

    Truby drove in Carlos Pena with a sacrifice fly in the fifth make it 2-1.

    In the sixth, Reed gave up back-to-back singles to Damion Easley and Higginson. But Reed fanned Robert Fick and got Carlos Pena to fly out to end the inning.

    ''Reed is a good veteran,'' Mike Rivera said. ''He knows how to move the ball around. He pitched really well.''

    Reed was pulled in the seventh after Munson's homer and a hit by Omar Infante.

    Game notes


    Mientkiewicz returned to the lineup after missing two games with a sore wrist. ... The crowd of 11,684 was the smallest since May 6, when they drew 10,700, also against the Tigers. ... Rivas was caught stealing third in the third inning. The Twins have been caught stealing 60 times this season and have 72 stolen bases. ... Rivera broke an 0-for-12 streak with his single in the fifth. ... Fick ended his seven-game hitting streak by going 0-for-3 with a walk. Fick's walk in the eighth broke a Detroit string of 183 at-bats without a walk.

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