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AL: Radke keeps Twins rolling

Associated Press
Published September 14, 2004

DETROIT - Lew Ford homered and drove in two to back a strong outing by Brad Radke, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 5-3 victory over the Tigers on Monday night and a sweep of the four-game series.

Augie Ojeda also homered for the Twins, who have won six straight and 11 of 13.

Radke, the former Tampa Jesuit standout, allowed a run and seven hits in seven innings to improve to 17-6 lifetime against the Tigers. He struck out two and didn't walk a batter.

Juan Rincon pitched a scoreless eighth, but Joe Roa gave up two runs in the ninth before Joe Nathan got the final out for his 43rd save in 46 chances.

Former Devil Ray Jason Johnson allowed four runs, three earned, and 10 hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Ojeda hit a 1-and-0 pitch from former Rays reliever Al Levine with one out in the ninth for his second homer to make it 5-1.

The Tigers closed within two against Roa in the bottom half. Carlos Pena drew a one-out walk, and one out later, Eric Munson also walked. Former Ray Jason Smith followed with a double to center, scoring Pena and Munson to make it 5-3.

Nathan came in and got top prospect Curtis Granderson, in his first big-league game, to ground out to end it.

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the first. Torii Hunter reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on Justin Morneau's single and scored on Ford's single to right.

In the third, Ford homered into the leftfield stands with one out to make it 2-0. Cristian Guzman followed with a triple to right-center and Michael Cuddyer walked. Terry Tiffee then hit a chopper to third that Munson fielded cleanly, but he threw wildly to first. Two scored, and Tiffee wound up on third.

Tiffee was credited with a single and an RBI, and Munson was charged with an error for allowing Cuddyer to score and Ojeda to go to third.

Tiffee was cut down at the plate on the next play when former Rays farmhand Pat Borders hit a chopper to shortstop Omar Infante, who was playing in. The throw to catcher Ivan Rodriguez beat Tiffee, who barreled into Rodriguez, but the catcher held on to the ball.

Dmitri Young's two-out run-scoring single in the sixth made it 4-1.

ORIOLES 9, BLUE JAYS 1: Bruce Chen pitched his first complete game to win for the first time in more than two years, and Rafael Palmeiro homered during a five-run opening inning to lead visiting Baltimore.

Chen allowed five hits and a run in his first win since April 21, 2002, for Montreal against the Mets. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

Pitching for his sixth team in three seasons, Chen pitched his first complete game a night after the Orioles used 10 pitchers, a major-league record in a nine-inning game.

Toronto starter Justin Miller, pitching a day after his grandfather died, got two outs in the first before allowing seven straight batters to reach.

Miguel Tejada hit a run-scoring single, Palmeiro hit a two-run homer and Jay Gibbons and Larry Bigbie hit consecutive run-scoring singles.

Toronto reliever Sean Douglass replaced Miller to start the second.

Vernon Wells drove in a run for the last-place Blue Jays, who have lost four straight.

Chen allowed three hits over five scoreless innings before Russ Adams led off the sixth with a single. Two batters later, Wells tripled.

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