Ben Broussard hit a two-run homer to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 victory over the Twins on a strange afternoon in Minneapolis, sending AL Central champion Minnesota to Yankee Stadium for the start of the playoffs.
Twenty minutes before the originally scheduled game began, the Twins beat the Indians, 6-5, in 12 innings to finish Saturday's suspended game more than 26 hours after it began. Michael Cuddyer's two-out double scored Jason Bartlett from first base to end it.
Minnesota (92-70), which won its third straight division title, plays the East champion Yankees in New York tomorrow in Game 1. Kyle Lohse (9-13), who pitched a scoreless 12th to win the first game, came right back after a 20-minute intermission and started the second. After giving up five hits, three runs and striking out five through four innings, Lohse -- throwing on three days' rest -- left with a blister on his right middle finger.
Rangers 3, Mariners 0 -- Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki got two more hits and Edgar Martinez grounded into a double play in his last at-bat as visiting Texas won. Chan Ho Park pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and Laynce Nix homered for Texas.
Suzuki pushed his major league record for hits in a season to 262 with singles in the third inning off Park and in the eighth off Brian Shouse. Suzuki broke George Sisler's 1920 mark of 257 hits Friday.
Martinez, Seattle's retiring designated hitter, went 0 for 4 but received a rousing ovation from the sellout crowd of 45,658 after grounding into a double play in the eighth.
Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2 -- Bernie Williams hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth, and New York headed to the playoffs with a victory at SkyDome.
Devil Rays 7, Tigers 4 -- Tampa Bay set a franchise record with its 70th victory, beating host Detroit behind John Halama, who gave up two runs in five innings.
White Sox 5, Royals 0 -- Jose Contreras took a no-hit bid into the seventh, and Chicago ended a disappointing season with a victory in Kansas City, Mo.
Giants 10, Dodgers 0 -- Jason Schmidt pitched six dominant innings, Ray Durham and Pedro Feliz hit homers, and visiting San Francisco shut out playoff-bound Los Angeles.
Cubs 10, Braves 8 -- Greg Maddux beat Atlanta in his first appearance against his former team in 12 years, and host Chicago ended a disappointing stretch run with a victory.
Cardinals 9, Brewers 4 -- Ray Lankford had a two-run pinch-hit homer as host St. Louis dumped Milwaukee in a playoff tuneup.
Mets 8, Expos 1 -- Visiting Montreal ended its 36-year run with a loss at Shea Stadium -- where the franchise played its first game -- as New York's Todd Zeile hit a three-run homer -- his 253d -- in his final at-bat.
Phillies 10, Marlins 4 -- Bobby Abreu hit his 30th homer and Jimmy Rollins had a grand slam to lead host Philadelphia past Florida.
Pirates 2, Reds 0 -- At Cincinnati, Barry Larkin played in what might have been his final game for his hometown Reds, a shutout victory for Pittsburgh.Diamondbacks 4, Padres 1 -- Doug DeVore, Robby Hammock, and Juan Brito hit home runs as host Arizona ended a miserable season with a victory over San Diego.