Twins lose 10th game in a row
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mike Carp had five hits, Adam Kennedy hit a tiebreaking infield single in the seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Twins 5-4 Tuesday night to send the Twins to their 10th straight loss.
The Twins haven't had a 10 game losing streak since September 1998.
Jason Vargas (9-13) pitched six innings, allowing nine hits and four runs, though only three were earned. Alex Liddi hit his second career homer for Seattle.
The Twins loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against closer Brandon League, but League managed to convert his 35th save in 40 chances on a strikeout and pair of groundouts.
Rene Tosoni and Ben Revere led off with back-to-back singles. Trevor Plouffe laid down a sacrifice bunt, but League wasn't able to corral the ball immediately and threw low to first base, leaving all three runners safe.
League recovered to strike out Michael Cuddyer and got Chris Parmelee to bounce into a fielder's choice at home. Danny Valencia ended the game with a groundout to third.
Brian Duensing (9-14) gave up one run in relief for Minnesota.
Seattle got the key hit it needed in the seventh.
With a runner at third base, Kennedy hit a dribbler to the first-base side of the pitcher's mound. Duensing dove, but the ball deflected off of his glove, allowing Kyle Seager to score from third.
Duensing, who was making his third relief appearance since coming back from a strained oblique earlier this month, pitched 1 1-3 innings, giving up two hits and a walk.
Liddi's homer tied the game at four, providing the chance for Kennedy's swinging bunt to win it.
Liddi, who made his major league debut on Sept. 7, had his first two-hit game on Monday, connecting for his first home run.
Carp is handling his biggest opportunity at the major league level well. Still considered a rookie, Carp had appeared in 35 big league games in two previous seasons and was up for 15 games in June. But since recalled on July 19 he's hitting .305 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs. Of his 68 hits, 27 have been for extra bases.
Rookies helped Minnesota out of its early 2-0 deficit.
Revere had four hits, and Plouffe and Parmelee had RBI doubles, but the Twins couldn't avoid losing for the 15th time in 16 games.
Notes: Minnesota actived RHP Scott Baker from the disabled list before Tuesday's game and he was available out of the bullpen. Seattle manager Eric Wedge said 1B Justin Smoak ran before the game and could be ready to play on Wednesday. Wedge said he hoped to have SS Brendan Ryan (back) and OF Casper Wells (sinus) back by the end of the road trip, which ends Sunday in Texas. ... Twins OF Denard Span (migraine) hopes to return to the lineup in the next few days. Span last played on Aug. 13 and has been limited to 65 games this season. ... Minnesota 1B Justin Morneau had successful surgery Monday to remove a cyst from his knee and a spur from his foot. ... Seattle rookie starter Michael Pineda (9-10, 3.72 ERA) will start Wednesday's game against the Twins in his final start of the season. The 22-year-old will be shut down for the season following his 28th start of the year. He's lost three straight decisions, and hasn't won since July 30. ... Kevin Slowey (0-6, 6.51 ERA) starts for Minnesota. The right-hander has lost six straight starts, the most consecutive losses by a Twins' starter since Boof Bonser lost eight in a row in 2007. ... A combined 12 rookies started the game.