Four in ninth sinks Dodgers

The Twins scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to hand the Dodgers a tough, 5-4 loss.

Doug Nickle came on in the ninth to preserve a 4-1 lead but gave up four straight singles, the last one cutting the lead to 4-3. Nickle walked the bases loaded again before getting a ground ball to Ricky Bell at third base but his throw to second pulled Joe Thurston off the base as the tying run scored.

Reliever Steve Colyer came in to shut things down but threw a wild pitch that scored the winning run before a delighted 7,000 Twin fans.

Jeff Weaver started and struggled, allowing six hits but a single run through four innings. Minnesota scored in the second but the Dodgers tied in the third on a single by Dave Roberts, a stolne base and Jason Romano's double.

They added two more in the fifth on singles by Franklin Gutierrez and Willie Aybar. Roberts dropped a sacrifice bunt but it was mishandled and Gutierrez scored to break the tie. Romano's grounder to short made it 3-1.

Gutierrez scored again in the seventh on Thurston's single.

Odalis Perez was brilliant during his four-inning stint, allowing one hit and no runs before handing the game over to the bullpen.