Twins sink Mariners
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins got home runs from Josmil Pinto and Brian Dozier and seven strong innings from starter Kyle Gibson in a 5-4 win against the Seattle Mariners Friday night at Target Field.
Gibson, who was roughed up for six runs in only two innings in his last outing May 10 in Detroit, allowed one run on six hits and two walks over seven innings Friday, striking out four and improving to 4-3 this season.
Trailing 5-1 in the eighth inning, Seattle pushed three runs across against Twins reliever Caleb Thielbar to make it 5-4. Righty Casey Fien entered with one out in the inning and sandwiched a sacrifice fly and a strikeout around a walk to preserve the lead. Closer Glen Perkins worked around a single and a wild pitch for his 11th save of the season.
Mariners starter Chris Young took the loss, his first of the season, after he allowed five runs (all earned) on 10 hits and a walk over seven innings.
The Twins scored the first runs of the game in the bottom of the third, when center fielder Aaron Hicks, second baseman Dozier and third baseman Trevor Plouffe all doubled, plating Hicks and Dozier, to take a 2-0 lead.
Minnesota pushed the lead to 3-0 when designated hitter Pinto hammered a 1-2 off-speed pitch into the seats in left field for his sixth home run of the season in the fourth.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano doubled in Michael Saunders in the top of the fifth to make it 3-1. The run snapped a 21-inning scoreless streak by Seattle going back to the first inning Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
But the Twins got the run back in their half of the inning as Dozier hit his 10th homer of the year off the facing of the second deck in left.
The Twins increased their lead to 5-1 on shortstop Eduardo Escobar’s RBI single in the sixth.
Notes: Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey pitched five innings of one-run ball at Triple-A Rochester in his first rehabilitation start. Pelfrey is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin. ... Twins 2B Brian Dozier’s third-inning double extended his hitting streak to seven games, a season high. His home run in the fifth was a solo shot, his ninth solo blast of the season. ... DH Josmil Pinto’s fourth-inning homer extended his hitting streak to five games, a new career high. ... Mariners 2B Robinson Cano reached on a fielder’s choice in the first inning and has now reached base in 24 straight games, two fewer than his career high of 26 games set in 2012.