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MINNESOTA EXTENDS STREAK TO 15

Don't expect to catch the Minnesota Twins celebrating their club-record winning streak, which reached 15 games Sunday.

At least, that's what Twins Manager Tom Kelly would have us believe.

"We don't talk about it - the media talks about it. I try to emphasize the game, " said Kelly, whose team beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 in 10 innings Sunday for the longest winning streak in the majors since Kansas City won 16 straight in 1977. Minnesota can equal that feat Monday with a victory at Baltimore.

"Those numbers are nice and they are nice to look at but they really don't reflect what goes on today and that's what's important," Kelly said. "We try to stay focused on the ballgame itself. The numbers are immaterial. They don't have any relevancy to winning the ball game."

They have, however, propelled Minnesota past Oakland for first place in the AL West. The Twins lead the Athletics by a half-game.

Chili Davis' sacrifice fly scored Al Newman to break a 2-2 tie and Brian Harper singled in Kirby Puckett to provide the final margin. Rick Aguilera, 2-2, gave up one run and three hits over three innings of relief for the win. Shawn Hillegas dropped to 2-1.

The Twins are four victories short of the American League record set by the Chicago White Sox in 1906 and the New York Yankees in 1947, and 11 shy of the major leagues record of 26 set by the New York Giants in 1916.

"It helps your confidence when you're winning like they are," said Cleveland Manager John McNamara, whose Indians have fallen victim to the Twins seven times during the streak.

"I've been there before. It seems like when you are on the other side of the coin like we are, you don't take advantage of the opportunities that you get. It costs you."

Minnesota took a 2-1 lead in the seventh. Gene Larkin doubled for his third hit of the game and scored on a single by Newman.

The Indians tied the score in the eighth on Felix Fermin's RBI single. Fermin had scored for Cleveland's 1-0 lead in the fourth. Fermin scored after Mike Aldrete's single eluded Puckett, who redeemed himself in the sixth with a leadoff home run, his eighth of the season.