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Updated: August 1st, 2010 3:27pm
Kubel's double, Liriano's gem lift Twins to second straight series sweep

Kubel's double, Liriano's gem lift Twins to second straight series sweep

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Francisco Liriano was magnificent on Sunday afternoon, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 4-0 win over the Seattle Mariners. The victory gave the Twins their eighth straight win and second consecutive series sweep.

Liriano (10-7, 3.18) dominated a depleted and sub-par Mariners lineup, throwing seven shutout innings while allowing only two hits and two walks. He threw 109 pitches and tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts.

Liriano hasn't give up a run in his last three starts -- a stretch that spans 21 innings.

Mariners starter Luke French held the Twins scoreless through five innings before giving up a bases-clearing double to Jason Kubel with one out in the bottom of the sixth, making it 3-0. Danny Valencia added an RBI single later in the inning to put the Twins up 4-0.

The Twins (59-46) moved a season-high 13 games over .500 with the victory.

On Monday, the Twins begin a four-game series on the road against Tampa Bay. RHP Carl Pavano (13-6, 3.21 ERA) is scheduled to face RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who will make his major-league debut.

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