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Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2003 9:20 PM EDT
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MINNESOTA 5, MILWAUKEE 4 (10 INNINGS)
 

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Bill Castro 's spot on the Milwaukee Brewers ' all-time saves list is safe for at least two more days.

Mike DeJean allowed two runs in the ninth inning for his fifth blown save of the season and one in the 10th as the Brewers dropped a 5-4 decision to the Minnesota Twins .

One save behind Castro for seventh place on the franchise's all-time list at 43, DeJean (2-5) watched a two-run lead in the ninth disappear when rookie Justin Morneau plated a run with a single and Cristian Guzman scored on Doug Mientkiewicz 's sacrifice fly.

After the Brewers failed to score in the top of the 10th, DeJean was victimized by questionable decisions from his defense in the bottom half of the inning.

With two outs, Luis Rivas stole second without a throw from catcher Keith Osik . Guzman followed with a bouncer to first base, where Richie Sexson lobbed an underhanded toss to DeJean, allowing Guzman to beat it out for a hit and Rivas to race home from second with the winning run.

"I looked to (third base coach Al Newman ) and saw he was waving me," Rivas said. "I turned my head to see what the play at first was and then just ran."

"I was playing deep there, with the guy on second and all," Sexson explained. "I was playing deep to cover more ground. I played it OK, but it was definitely a turf win for them."

Some of Sexson's teammates agreed.

"There's just something about being a sinkerball pitcher and being on AstroTurf," DeJean said. "Many times, you can be penalized for getting a ground ball. That was very evident there in the 10th. You just, I don't know, try to get them out another way, I guess."

"The turf got the better of us here today on a couple hits," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost added. "Rivas really got a good jump there for them in the end and he was coming hard to the plate from the get-go. I'm not sure if DeJean could have got him had he tried to turn and fire."

The poor play by Sexson made a winner of LaTroy Hawkins (5-2), who struck out two and allowed one hit in one inning.

Scott Podsednik had three hits and an RBI for the Brewers, who visit Houston on Tuesday after finishing the interleague portion of their schedule with a 5-7 mark.

DeJean ran into trouble immediately after entering the game, allowing a single by Lew Ford and walking Guzman. After Corey Koskie struck out, Morneau hit for Bobby Kielty and singled to center to pull Minnesota within 4-3.

Torii Hunter was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Mientkiewicz, who swatted a fly ball to deep right field to plate Guzman with the tying run.

"We have a knack of being able to get the tying run to the plate," Mientkiewicz said. "And we never feel llike we're out of it. It's good to see we finally kicked things into gear."

After Milwaukee starter Matt Ford escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, the Brewers scored twice in the third to take the lead.

With one out, Osik and Podsednik singled around a walk to Royce Clayton , loading the bases. Keith Ginter followed with a single to left, plating Osik. Geoff Jenkins then hit a bouncer to second that allowed Clayton to score for a 2-0 lead against Twins starter Rick Reed , who gave up four runs in six innings.

Minnesota halved the deficit in the bottom of the inning when Kielty hit a two-out double and scored on Hunter's single to center off Ford, who gave up a run and four hits in three innings in his first career start.

Clayton tripled and scored on a single by Podsednik in the fifth, and Sexson's sacrifice fly later in the inning plated Podsednik and gave the Brewers a 4-1 cushion.

The Twins began to chip away at the deficit in the sixth, when Ford singled with two outs to score Mientkiewicz. They had an opportunity to make it closer in the eighth, but Mientkiewicz was picked off second base by Osik and Jacque Jones was thrown out at the plate on a perfect throw from left fielder Jenkins after Matt LeCroy doubled.

"This was a great ballgame, a nice comeback by our club," said Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire , who was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the third inning. "We battled all game long. It was really entertaining to watch from in (the clubhouse)."


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