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Updated: August 28th, 2010 12:10am
Guerrier pitches out of bases-loaded jam, helping Twins to 6-3 win

Guerrier pitches out of bases-loaded jam, helping Twins to 6-3 win

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Behind a serviceable start from Scott Baker, the Minnesota Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 6-3 on Friday night.

The Twins provided a few highlights offensively -- Joe Mauer's career-high 40th double, Danny Valencia's first career triple, and 12 total hits against Jason Vargas and company -- but it was Matt Guerrier's mild act of wizardry in the eighth inning that ultimately sealed the deal for a victory.

With the Twins leading 6-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Randy Flores -- the Twins' newly acquired lefty, whom they acquired before the other newly-acquired lefty, Brian Fuentes -- relieved starter Scott Baker by inducing an inning-ending groundball from Chone Figgins with the bases loaded.

In the eighth inning, however, Flores loaded the bases himself with nobody out. Guerrier came on in relief, inducing a pop-out off the bat of Franklin Gutierrez, followed by an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play by Adam Moore.

The Mariners came into Friday's game with the league's worst batting average (.236), second worst on-base percentage (.302), and lowest slugging percentage (.344).

Guerrier came into Friday's game having allowed 17 earned runs (6.38 ERA), 26 hits and eight walks in his last 24 innings.

Something had to give.

Turns out, it was the Mariners.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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