Final in 10

Dodgers 4

(5-7, 3-4 away)

Twins 5

(7-4, 5-1 home)

1:05 PM ET, March 13, 2004

City of Palms Park, Fort Myers, Florida 

R H E
LA - -
MIN - -

Minnesota 5, Los Angeles 4

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Weaver pitched four solid innings Saturday, but the Minnesota Twins rallied for four runs in the ninth and a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Weaver is trying to revive his career in Los Angeles after struggling with the New York Yankees for a season and a half. The 27-year-old right-hander, who grew up a Dodgers fan, allowed one run and six hits.

"He changed somewhat the way he went about his business and used what is a very good weapon for him -- his sinker -- a lot more frequently," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "He threw the ball much better today."

Weaver, who went 7-9 with a 5.99 ERA for the Yankees last season as a starter and a reliever, was sent to Los Angeles in an offseason trade for Kevin Brown.

"You never really know until things get going if something else is going to happen, another move or something to keep moving around," Weaver said. "But now it seems pretty real and I'm gearing up to hopefully have one of my best seasons yet."

Doug Nickle couldn't close the game after getting the first two outs in the ninth with a 4-1 lead.

He gave up consecutive singles to Jason Kubel, Brandon Marsters and Justin Morneau, and a two-run single to Michael Ryan. Nickle then threw a wild pitch and walked Matthew LeCroy to load the bases again.

After the tying run scored on a throwing error, Steve Colyer relieved and threw a wild pitch that sent pinch-runner Augie Ojeda home with the winning run.

Kyle Lohse pitched four strong innings for the Twins, allowing one run on three hits and striking out three. Luis Rivas went 2-for-2 with a double.

Los Angeles took advantage of some sloppy defense by the normally sure-handed Twins in the fifth.

Game notes


Ryan, competing for the fourth outfield spot, went 1-for-2 with a run and two RBI. ... Minnesota's Torii Hunter went 1-for-3 with a run scored in his second game back after spraining his left wrist on March 5. ... Franklin Gutierrez went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and played well in right field for the Dodgers.

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