Twins At Mariners: Twins Snap Losing Streak At Nine With 2-1 Win Over Seattle

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Twins Beat King Felix, 2-1, To Snap Nine-Game Skid

On a day when the Twins' franchise lost the man that may have been their most iconic player, they put things together well enough to snap their longest losing streak since 1998.

The Twins scrapped out two first-inning runs off of Felix Hernandez, and Francisco Liriano and company made it stand up as Minnesota defeated the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night by a score of 2-1.

All of Minnesota's scoring happened in the top of the first inning. Denard Span led off with a walk, and Matt Tolbert grounded into a fielder's choice, forcing Span out at second. Jason Kubel then walked to put runners on first and second, and Justin Morneau's ground out moved both runners up 90 feet. Michael Cuddyer then came through with a two-run single to center to score both Tolbert and Kubel, staking Liriano to a 2-0 lead.

That's all Liriano would need on the night, as he pitched seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball while striking out nine and walking just one Mariner. Seattle's only run came in the bottom of the fifth. Liriano quickly got the first two outs, but hit Seattle shortstop Brendan Ryan with a pitch after getting ahead 0-2. Michael Saunders then singled, with Ryan taking third, and Ichiro followed that up with another single to score Ryan and cut Minnesota's lead in half.

But that's all the Mariners would get. In fact, Ichiro's single in the bottom of the fifth was the last hit the Mariners would get on the evening. Glen Perkins came in and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and Matt Capps came on and pitched a relatively quiet ninth for the save.

Liriano's victory lifted his record on the season to 3-5, and his ERA has dropped to 6.12. The save for Capps was his sixth on the season. Hernandez was the hard luck loser, taking the loss after allowing only three hits and two runs in eight solid innings. His record on the year is now even at 4-4, and his ERA dropped as well, down to 3.23.

The Twins will head for Oakland for another two-game series starting tomorrow. As things stand now, the pitching match-up will see Carl Pavano (2-4, 5.89 ERA) take the mound for Minnesota, while the Athletics will counter with right-hander Brandon McCarthy (1-4, 3.34 ERA). First pitch from Oakland is scheduled for 9:05 PM Central time.

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Minnesota Twins Drop Ninth In A Row, 5-2, To Seattle Mariners

The Minnesota Twins will see 2011 Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez take the mound tomorrow night at Safeco Field in Seattle. On Monday night, they simply made young Michael Pineda look like a Cy Young candidate.

The Twins managed to scratch out just four hits, as Pineda threw seven innings of three-hit ball and led the Mariners past baseball's worst team by a score of 5-2. The win allowed the Mariners to stop their six-game losing streak, while allowing the Twins to stretch their losing streak to nine, the team's worst drought since they dropped ten in a row in September of 1998.

The Mariners struck first in this one, getting an RBI double from Jack Cust in the bottom of the first to make the score 1-0. They extended the lead in the bottom of the third with another RBI double, this one from Justin Smoak to score Ichiro. That made the score 2-0 in favor of Seattle, and it remained that way until the sixth inning, when Scott Baker gave up back-to-back solo home runs with two outs to Adam Kennedy and Carlos Peguero to make the score 4-0. Kennedy's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth gave the Mariners a 5-0 lead going into the final frame.

In the ninth, an error from Kennedy put Jason Kubel at first base to lead off the inning, and after Justin Morneau flied out to center, Michael Cuddyer singled to put runners on first and second. Delmon Young then hit a ground ball to Chone Figgins, who threw the ball away, allowing Kubel to come around and score the Twins' first run. A Danny Valencia ground out brought Cuddyer around to score, making it 5-2 in favor of the Mariners, and pinch-hitter Ben Revere grounded out to shortstop to end the game.

Baker took the loss, dropping his record on the season to 2-3 on the year. Pineda, the American League Rookie of the Month for April, got the victory to push his record to 5-2.

Same two teams on Tuesday night, starting at 9:10 PM Central time from Safeco Field. The Twins will send Francisco Liriano (2-5, 7.07 ERA) to the mound, and the Mariners will counter with the aforementioned Felix Hernandez (4-3, 3.36 ERA).

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