Morneau hits game-winning three-run double

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Joe Mays stood at his locker, shrugged his
shoulders and sighed. As usual, he left the ballpark feeling
unfulfilled and unsatisfied after facing the Indians.

But this time, the Twins' right-hander wasn't unhappy.

"We won," said Mays, who remained 0-7 in 19 career games
against Cleveland. "With what I had tonight I was pumped to get to
the seventh inning."

Justin Morneau dropped in a three-run double just out of center
fielder Grady Sizemore's reach with two outs in the 11th inning,
sending Minnesota to a 6-3 win over Cleveland on Tuesday night.

After falling behind 0-2 to Scott Sauerbeck, Morneau hit a soft
liner toward the gap in left-center that a diving Sizemore couldn't
quite snag, clearing the bases to propel the Twins to their fifth
win in seven games.

"I knew right away I had to go hard to get it," Sizemore said.
"In that situation, you've got to dive for anything. I was going
to give it everything I had. It sliced away from me a little bit. I
just missed it."

Jesse Crain (4-0) pitched two innings, and Joe Nathan worked the
11th for 13th save in 14 tries.

Sizemore and Jody Gerut homered for the Indians, who had their
winning streak stopped at three. They have not won four in a row
this season.

Nick Punto opened the 11th with a double off David Riske (1-1),
and Juan Castro sacrificed. Shannon Stewart walked before Indians
manager Eric Wedge brought in Sauerbeck, a left-hander, to face Joe

The Twins catcher struck out, but Sauerbeck walked right-hander
Lew Ford, and Morneau made him pay with his clutch hit.

"That was scary," said Morneau, who had an RBI single in the
seventh. "When I saw him (Sizemore) dive I thought, `Oh, no.' The
wind finally worked in our advantage."

Before Minnesota scored, Sauerbeck, who wasn't upset with his
pitch to Morneau, had stranded all 17 runners he inherited this

"It wasn't too bad," he said. "It had sharp break to it, but
I got too much of the plate. I thought he hit it right at Grady,
then it started slicing and the wind moved it 10 feet away from

Sauerbeck tormented himself by watching a video replay after the

"It was like watching a bad dream in slow motion," he said.

Despite not having his best stuff, Mays was four outs from an
overdue first career win against Cleveland when the Indians rallied
to tie it 3-3 in the eighth with an unearned run off reliever Juan

The Indians are the only AL team the right-hander has not beaten
since making his major league debut in 1999. He gave up two runs
and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.

"There isn't anything frustrating because we still won," Mays
said. "This game isn't all individualism, it's about the team."

Before Mays went out for the seventh, Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire asked his pitcher how he was feeling.

"He said, 'I'm a little cold, and I have no location,' "
Gardenhire said. " 'Otherwise I'm fine.' "

Mays was helped by two inning-ending double plays and some
strong defense in the fifth when Mauer threw out Jose Hernandez
trying to steal and the Twins completed a gorgeous relay to cut
down Jhonny Peralta at third trying to stretch a double.

"That was not a good sequence of events," Indians manager Eric
Wedge said.

Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook again pitched well and came
away with nothing to show for his effort.

He allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, leaving with
the score tied 2-all. Westbrook, who won 14 games and made the
All-Star team in 2004, has lost three one-run games this season and
twice when he pitched a complete game.

Gerut evened it at 1-1 in the fifth with his first homer since
Sept. 8, a shot into the right-field seats. He began the season on
the disabled list after tearing a knee ligament while playing right
field last Sept. 17.

Game notes
Jacque Jones was ejected in the sixth by plate umpire
Hunter Wendelstedt for arguing a called third strike. ...
Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to a
career-high 13 games. During the streak, he's batting .383
(18-for-47) with eight RBI. ... Indians OF Juan Gonzalez went
0-for-4 in the first game of a rehab assignment at Triple-A
Buffalo. The two-time AL MVP, who signed as a free agent in
January, has been sidelined since spring training with hamstring
injuries. ... Cleveland's chilly weather refuses to warm up.
Through the first 19 home dates at Jacobs Field, the average
game-time temperature has been 54 degrees.

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