NEW YORK (AP) -- Time to forget the Bronx, not that it was a bad place for the Minnesota Twins this week.
Sure, they could have pushed the Yankees to the brink by taking a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five AL playoff series. But even after Thursday night's 4-1 loss, the Twins head home to their dome with a split and a chance to avoid a return trip to New York.
"Nobody in this clubhouse is disappointed. I think we're satisfied -- very satisfied," reliever LaTroy Hawkins said.
Brad Radke matched Andy Pettitte for six innings, and pitching well enough to increase his division series record to 3-0. But Hawkins wasn't unhittable and the dependable defense cracked at a most inopportune moment, allowing New York to spurt ahead with a three-run seventh.
"They didn't beat our brains out. We played well," Jacque Jones said.
Manager Ron Gardenhire, however, was looking for more.
"You don't leave with a good feeling," he said. "We won a ballgame here but, sure, we had a good chance again to win here tonight."
Instead of thinking about what might have been, the Twins looked ahead to Saturday's game in the Metrodome, where they're 13-3 in the postseason, winning World Series titles there in 1987 and 1991.
"I don't think we want to come back here for a Game 5," Radke said. "I think we want to finish it in Minnesota."
If the Yankees think their Bronx bunch can be rowdy, the Twins know the dome denizens can match them decibel for decibel.
Minnesota was 48-33 at home this season, a big reason the Twins were able to win their second straight AL Central title. And while New York swept its only four games there this year, blowing by the Twins by a combined 38-9, that was in the regular season.
"It's a tough place to play in that dome, 55,000 people screaming and hollering," Radke said.
Radke was in control until he hit Nick Johnson with a pitch leading off the seventh. Radke claimed Johnson allowed himself to get hit.
"Do anything to get on toward the end of the game," Radke said. "Tip your hat to him, took one for the team."
Johnson, on an 0-for-22 skid, denied he tried to get hit.
"The ball hit me in the hip," he said. "I'm not trying to get hit. It was in. I didn't lean into it."
Juan Rivera sacrificed, and Gardenhire brought in Hawkins.
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