Joe Mauer, Twins snap 25-inning scoreless streak, rally to beat M's
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SEATTLE -- Joe Mauer's two-out RBI single in the seventh inning helped the Minnesota Twins rally for a 3-2 win on Friday night, handing the Seattle Mariners their seventh straight loss.
The Twins snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak when they scored three runs in the seventh inning as Seattle's bullpen was unable to hold a 2-0 lead after 6 1/3 strong innings from starter Jason Vargas.
But Vargas was just a spectator while Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1) struggled through four batters in the seventh and made a costly throwing error that allowed the tying run to score. Mauer then followed with a single up the middle that glanced off the glove of shortstop Brendan Ryan and allowed Trevor Plouffe to score. The Twins won for just the second time in 11 games.
Carl Pavano (2-2) needed just 69 pitches to get through six innings and pick up his second victory. He gave up a trio of doubles in the fifth inning when Seattle scored both of its runs, but minimized trouble otherwise. Pavano allowed eight hits, but didn't walk a batter and struck out two.
Seattle lost by one run for the fourth time in five games.
Vargas pitched into the seventh, leaving after giving up a one-out double to Chris Parmelee. The double that hopped off the wall in center field was Minnesota's first extra-base hit since the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Angels.
Wilhelmsen replaced Vargas and walked Alexi Casilla and Plouffe. Wilhelmsen looked as if he was going to get out of the inning when Denard Span tapped back to the mound, but instead of throwing home, Wilhelmsen threw wide of second. Parmelee scored because of the errant throw, snapping the Twins' scoreless streak at 25 innings.
Jamey Carroll followed with a grounder wide of first and the only play was a force out of Span at second, allowing Casilla to score the tying run. That was it for Wilhelmsen, who was showered with boos as he was replaced by Charlie Furbush to face Mauer. On a 3-1 pitch, Mauer grounded back up the middle but it glanced off Ryan's stretched glove and trickled onto the outfield grass to score Plouffe.
The Twins had not scored since the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Angels when they scored three times. Minnesota was shut out on Tuesday 4-0, then no-hit by the Angels' Jered Weaver in a 9-0 loss on Wednesday.
• 1B Justin Morneau (wrist) missed a third consecutive game.
• Saturday: at Seattle, 8:10 p.m. Twins RHP Jason Marquis (2-0, 6.23 ERA) vs. Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (2-1, 2.23).
• Sunday: at Seattle, 3:10 p.m. Twins RHP Nick Blackburn (0-3, 6.64) vs. Mariners RHP Hector Noesi (1-3, 7.83).
• Monday: vs. Los Angeles Angels, 7:10 p.m. Twins LHP Francisco Liriano (0-4, 9.97) vs. TBD.