Resilient Mariners beat sloppy Twins 9

Paola Ditto
Giugno 14, 2019

But utility infielder Ehire Adrianza supplied the hustle and the spark in the decisive six-run sixth as the Minnesota Twins topped the Seattle Mariners 10-5 on Thursday.

Not this time around. That was the only run allowed in five innings by Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi, a Japanese left-hander who lost his previous three starts.

Despite committing five errors, the Twins, who trailed 6-1 going into the bottom of the eighth, rallied to send the game into extra innings thanks to Buxton's 432-foot two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

"I think it's just one of those nights where a few things happen, a few amusing hops, a few plays maybe breaking the wrong way off the bat", Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

It was a frantic finish after pitching controlled most of the action.

Seattle is 2-9 in their last 11 games against the AL Central and 15-40 in their last 55 games overall while the over is 11-1-1 in Kikuchi's last 13 starts overall.

After a reliever opened, Seattle's Tommy Milone pitched six innings and gave up four hits and three runs while striking out six and walking none.

Daniel Vogelbach hit his 17th homer for the Mariners in the sixth inning, but Marwin Gonzalez tied it at 1 with his eighth homer in the seventh. He struck out six batters using his changeup for the final strike in all of them. Since 1900, only five teams have finished a season with 950+ runs scored and fewer than 700 runs allowed, most recently the 1998 New York Yankees which won 114 games and featured Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera and more. Seattle is 1-4 in the last five meetings.

"It was a blessing", said Long, who plans to give the ball from the drive to his dad for Father's Day on Sunday.

However, Gordon led off the 10th inning with a ground-rule double and scored what proved to be the game-winning run on a Smith grounder when catcher Mitch Garver dropped the ball while spinning to tag him at home plate. It also extended his on-base streak to 26 games.

Mariners: Manager Scott Servais said infielder J.P. Crawford, who has missed the last two weeks with a sprained left ankle, should rejoin the team in Oakland on Friday. "Offensively a big night for Vogelbach, Shed hitting his first homer, (and) Mallex and Dee both had good nights".

Twins: Kyle Gibson (6-3, 4.14 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series with Kansas City. He struggled late in his outing and ended up giving up three runs, and a start to the Twins' push. He'll try to beat the Mariners for the second time this season, having previously earned a win on May 16 in Seattle.

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