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August 19, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Mariners win fifth in a row

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This wasn’t much of a ballgame for the first six innings from an entertainment perspective. Both teams kept filling up the bases with runners, but then struggled to push them across and the result was a one-run game in the bottom of the seventh.
But then, the Twins took out starter Samuel Deduno and put former M’s reliever Jeff Gray into the contest. Within a span of two batters, Gray yielded a double to Dustin Ackley and a two-run homer by Michael Saunders and that was all she wrote.
The M’s cruised to a 5-1 win from there, their fifth straight and 12th in the last 13 contests at home. Seattle moved to .500 on the season at home and the news should stay good for now since, even though the AL-worst Twins are leaving town, a more inferior opponent might actually be coming in to replace them.
The Cleveland Indians have played just .286 ball since the All-Star Break (the Twins had been at .412) and so the Mariners have a legit chance to make this their longest win streak of the season and in five years. You have to beat the bad teams as well as the good ones and the Mariners have seen their share of stinkers in the second half.
Minnesota had chances early against Blake Beavan in this one, but simply lacked the firepower to take real advantage. Seattle, though, also coud have been up 7-1 or 8-1 instead of just 2-1 by the seventh, but somehow, Deduno kept getting double-play grounders and key outs despite the plethora of baserunners allowed.
Seattle stranded 11 baserunners, Minnesota nine. But in the end, the M’s got enough across, especially in the seventh.
So, the M’s did what they had to do this weekend.

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