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Twins Beat Mariners 6-3, Thanks To Reasonable Effort

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Joe Mauer had three hits with two RBI and Scott Baker pitched into the seventh inning, as the American League Central- leading Minnesota Twins beat Seattle, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game series at Safeco Field.

Baker (12-9) gave up two runs on five hits and three walks to win his fifth straight decision.

Danny Valencia hit a two-run triple for Minnesota, which avoided a four-game sweep at Texas with a 6-4 victory Thursday. The Twins also remained 3 1/2 games ahead of Chicago in the division standings after the White Sox beat the Yankees earlier Friday.

Chone Figgins knocked in a pair of runs for the Mariners, which returned home after splitting their season-high 12-game road trip. Jason Vargas (9-7) allowed five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits in six innings.

Twinkie Town also has your game recap for the evening.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.