Here's a rather simple way to lose a baseball game: muster up less hits than the number of your opponent's runs. That is exactly what happened to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, who tallied only four hits in a 5-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Twins ace Scott Diamond was tagged with his first non-quality start since July 21, but still pitched admirably, giving up five earned runs in seven innings while striking out two batters.
Seattle went up 2-0 in the third inning when third baseman Kyle Seager scored Brendan Ryan and Franklin Gutierrez with a double to right center. The Twins answered back in the bottom of the inning when Ben Revere plated Jamey Carroll with a sacrifice fly, but Seattle struck back in the top of the fifth with a Dustin Ackley three-run homer and wouldn't look back from there. Minnesota mounted a minuscule rally in the ninth off of Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush, but closer Tom Wilhelmsen snatched up a one-out save to lock the game down.
Game three of the series will start at 7:10 p.m CT on Wednesday.