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Updated: Thursday, May 1, 2003 8:07 PM EDT
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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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5 9 0
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6 15 1
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MINNESOTA 6, TAMPA BAY 5 (13 INNINGS)
 

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Cristian Guzman doubled in the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays .

Guzman, who went 3-for-6, slapped a 3-2 pitch from Travis Harper (0-2) into the left-center field gap, scoring Jacque Jones , who had doubled one batter earlier.

The Twins completed a sweep of the three-game series and posted their seventh straight home win over the Devil Rays . Minnesota swept a four-game series here last season.

"It's a long game, eventually someone is going to win," Guzman said. "We had the better luck today. It's good to go into Boston winning. You don't want to go in there with a loss."

With one in the ninth, Jones lifted what appeared to be an easy fly ball to left-center field. But rookie center fielder Rocco Baldelli and left fielder Carl Crawford let the ball drop in front of them and it bounced over the center field fence for a ground-rule double.

"Whether you're 21, 31, 41 or 11, if you're playing in the big leagues, certain balls have to be caught," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "I'm not being hard, I'm being truthful. He (Baldelli) didn't pick up the ball. If you want to win ballgames, you have to pick those up."

Baldelli admitted he lost the ball off the bat.

"Sometimes when the ball comes back out of the lights, you see it, but I didn't find it," he said. "You think you have the game won and it comes back to bite you in the butt."

Tampa Bay jumped on Joe Mays for four runs in the top of the first, but Minnesota scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth on Bobby Kielty 's sacrifice fly.

"After the first inning, I gave the guys a chance to win," Mays said. "And I don't think I started out that slow. This was a young team that likes to come out swinging. All that matters, though, is the outcome."

Tony Fiore (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings to record the win, allowing only one hit.

Tampa Bay starter Steve Parris , who allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits in five innings, was in line to get his first win since August 5.

But Lance Carter could not close out the victory in the ninth, giving up the tying run for his second blown save of the season.

"I'm going to have to develop a sense of humor after these games," Piniella added. "We battled hard, made some great plays, but just couldn't get it done."

After Guzman grounded out, Corey Koskie , who had a solo homer in the fourth, singled and went to third on Dustan Mohr 's double. After Torii Hunter was walked intentionally to load the bases, Kielty lifted a sacrifice fly to center field. The Devil Rays got out of the inning when Mohr was thrown out trying to advance to third, and Carter stayed in to blank the Twins in the 10th and 11th inning.

Mays, who was denied his first four-game winning streak since winning his final four starts in 2001, surrendered five runs and seven hits in six innings.

"You have to win the close games like this," Kielty said. "Good teams win close games. It gives us some rhythm now. It gives us a big jump for this road trip."

Travis Lee and Javier Valentin had RBI singles and Marlon Anderson a run-scoring double in the first for the Devil Rays .

The Twins got one back in the second on Doug Mientkiewicz 's RBI single and closed to 4-3 in the fourth on Koskie's solo homer and A.J. Pierzynski's run-scoring single.

After Aubrey Huff 's solo homer in the fifth made it 5-3, Victor Zambrano replaced Parris in the sixth and loaded the bases with no outs, but escaped the jam by allowing only one run.


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