CLEVELAND -- After nearly five hours, 19 runs, 13 pitchers and 420 pitches, it's no wonder Twins manager Tom Kelly lost track of what inning it was.
Minnesota overcame three home runs by Ellis Burks and several Indians rallies as A.J. Pierzynski's two-run double in the 12th inning led the Twins to a wild 10-9 win Tuesday night over Cleveland.
''Fortunately, we scored two runs in the 18th inning or whatever it was,'' Kelly joked after his team's 21st come-from-behind win.
The opener of the AL Central showdown series had a little bit of everything, including a pinch-hit homer, a go-ahead bunt single, 12 pitchers, an ejection and the threat of a thunderstorm -- all after the seventh.
''So much went on in this game, I don't know what you're talking about,'' said Twins DH Brian Buchanan. ''We were up 6-0 and they just kept hitting pitches. You have to have a 10-0 lead against these guys.''
Pierzynski's double snapped a four-game losing streak for the Twins, who opened a 1 1/2-game lead over second-place Cleveland in the Central.
The wild night was similar to the first of 19 matchups between the teams earlier this month when the Twins beat the Indians 11-10 at the Metrodome -- scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on an infield single.
Corey Koskie and rookie Brian Buchanan each had four hits and Pierzynski also homered for Minnesota, which knocked out starter Bartolo Colon in the fifth.
Burks homered in the sixth, eighth and 12th and Kenny Lofton hit a pinch-hit homer in Cleveland's five-run eighth.
''I was talking the other night about that I had never done it and lo and behold there it is,'' Burks said. ''But it sure would have been nice to do it in a win. It was a strange night. We had a slow start and an excellent comeback. This team showed we're going to fight.''
Jim Thome also homered for the Indians, who rallied from a 6-0 deficit, gave up the lead in the top of the ninth, tied it in the bottom and had a couple of chances to win it in extras.
''I like the way we came back,'' Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. ''When Lofton hit the homer I thought we had them.''
Torii Hunter opened the 12th with a single off Charles Nagy (1-2), making just his third career relief appearance in 283 games. Buchanan followed with a single and Pierzynski ripped his double into the right-field corner.
Bob Wells (5-2) gave up Burks' homer in the 12th and but pitched three innings for the win.
Red Sox 5, Devil Rays 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield came within three outs of pitching Boston's second no-hitter this season, losing his bid on Randy Winn's ninth-inning single as the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay Tuesday night.
Wakefield (5-1), who twice took no-hitters into the eighth inning in 1995 for Boston, was trying to duplicate the feat of Hideo Nomo, who held Baltimore hitless on April 4.
In the ninth, speedy Jason Tyner led off with a slow bouncer that second baseman Jose Offerman charged. Offerman's hurried toss was high and pulled first baseman Brian Daubach off the bag for an error.
But Winn broke it up for good, lining a 1-2 pitch over third baseman Chris Stynes for a clean single. Tyner, who had advanced on a passed ball, scored on the hit.
Orioles 5, Blue Jays 1
BALTIMORE -- On a night that belonged to Cal Ripken, Josh Towers (5-1) was the star, allowing one run in seven innings to lead Baltimore past reeling Toronto.
The Orioles hit five solo homers, including two by David Segui, in their third straight victory.
Ripken, baseball's Iron Man, announced before the game that he would retire after this season.
Four Baltimore homers came against Joey Hamilton (3-4), who hadn't given up more than one home run in his previous 14 starts this season.
Tigers 7, Yankees 1
DETROIT -- Steve Sparks (5-2) pitched a three-hitter and Dean Palmer homered and drove in three runs as Detroit beat New York.
The Yankees were given yet another reason to worry about their bullpen in the seventh inning. Reliever Ramiro Mendoza gave up four runs and four hits while getting only one out in the seventh.
The Tigers ended a three-game losing streak and the Yankees, who had won five of six, failed in their attempt to go 11 games over .500 for the first time this season.
White Sox 5, Royals 3
CHICAGO -- Royce Clayton hit his first homer in nearly a year and James Baldwin won for the first time in five weeks as Chicago beat Kansas City.
Clayton's three-run homer off Jeff Suppan (3-6), was his first since last July 14, when he was with the Texas Rangers. He had gone 115 games without a homer.
Baldwin (3-4), winless in his previous seven starts since May 13, allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings. Keith Foulke got his 15th save.
Rangers 7, Angels 5
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ivan Rodriguez hit a solo homer and an RBI single in a five-run sixth inning as Texas rallied past Anaheim.
Rodriguez then added his second solo homer in the eighth, giving him the 14th multihomer game of his career. He has 15 homers this season, nine in his last 15 games.
Juan Moreno (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for his first major league victory. Jeff Zimmerman pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
Angels starter Scott Schoeneweis (6-5) tied a career high with nine strikeouts, but left the game after Lamb's single.
Mariners 8, Athletics 7
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bret Boone's sacrifice fly capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning and Seattle rallied for a wild victory.
The Mariners scored five times in the final three innings to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Oakland scored twice in the eighth to take the lead, but Seattle came back in the ninth against closer Jason Isringhausen (1-2), who blew his fifth save chance.
Arthur Rhodes (5-0) got the win despite giving up two runs in the eighth and Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched the ninth for his 26th save.
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