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July 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM
Game thread, Mariners vs. Twins, July 28: Mariners win, 6-4
TWINS NINTH: After a bunt single by Hicks, Miller ranged far to his left to start a beautiful 6-4-3 double play. Wilhelmsen got Carroll on a ground out to end it.
Tom Wilhelmsen will try to close this out for Mariners.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Nick Franklin knocked his second homer of the game, and 10th of the season, to give the M’s a 6-4 cushion. Seattle now has six players with double-digit homers, tying Atlanta for most in the majors.
TWINS SEVENTH: Farquhar takes over for Ramirez and strikes out the side — two looking. He’s fanned 44 in 29 innings. 5-4 Mariners
TWINS SIXTH: The Twins got two runs back on a walk, two singles and a sac fly, but Ramirez strikes out Florimon for the third time with the tying run at second to end the inning. 5-4 Mariners
TWINS FIFTH: Ramirez has settled into this game. He struck out the first two hitters, gave up a double to Herrmann, and then got Morneau to fly out. 5-2 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: Big four-run inning, starting with a second-level HR by Saunders, and capped by a three-run homer by Franklin. 5-2 Mariners
MARINERS THIRD: Mariners get one run back on singles by Miller and Franklin, and a sac fly by Ibanez. It was their first run since Morales’s homer in the 13th inning on Friday. Morales reached on an error but Ibanez hit a broken-bat soft liner to short with runners on second and third. 2-1 Twins
TWINS THIRD: Endy Chavez bails out Ramirez with HR-robbing catch on Collabello — the catch he made in the 2006 NLCS but couldn’t quite make in the second. Two runners were aboard, so it would have been ugly. 2-0 Twins
MARINERS SECOND: M’s get a leadoff single for the second straight inning — by Ibanez, snapping an 0-for-12 stretch — but again can’t do anything with it. 2-0 Twins
TWINS SECOND: Tough inning for Ramirez, who gives up a double to Doumit (Chavez just missed a leaping catch), followed on the next pitch by a home run from Colabello, who hit the game-winning homer on Friday. On Doumit’s ball, the umps went to the replay to see if the ball deflected off Chavez’s glove over the fence, but ruled it did not. Plouffe singled later in the inning. 2-0 Twins
MARINERS FIRST: Miller leads off with a single but it leads nowhere.
TWINS FIRST: A solid inning for Ramirez, who needs to improve on his first two outings. He struck out leadoff hitter Brian Dozier and got two fly balls.
The Mariners try to get back on the winning track after dropping the last two games, with Erasmo Ramirez on the mound. He’ll face fellow rookie Kyle Gibson
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