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June 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Twins, June 1: Mariners lose, 5-4


(Just put up a separate blog post with news of a knee injury suffered with Tacoma by Jesus Montero that will require surgery and put him out four to six weeks).

Devastating finish for the Mariners as Wilhelmsen walks the bases loaded with no outs in the ninth, gives up a sac fly, then yields a triple to Ryan Doumit on a gapper to right-center that scores two. It came on a 2-2 count. Wilhelmsen has blown three of his last four save attempts.

TWINS EIGHTH: With a steady rain falling, the Mariners got out a jam, with Charlie Furbush getting Aaron Hicks — representing the go-ahead run — to ground into an inning-ending force with two aboard. 4-2 Mariners.

MARINERS SEVENTH: Jason Bay’s second homer of the game broke the tie, and three more hits provided an insurance run, driven in by Raul Ibanez. 4-2 Mariners

TWINS SIXTH: Well, it’s all tied up now, and the weather is getting more ominous by the second. Harang nearly got out of trouble after a leadoff double from Doumit, but a two-out single from Dozier brought him home. 2-2

TWINS FIFTH: Three flyball outs from Harang, and it’s now an official game. The way the skies are darkening, that could be significant. 2-1 Mariners

TWINS FOURTH: Harang does some fancy pitching after giving up singles to two first batters. He struck out Florimon for the final out. He has four strikeouts; the next one will be No. 1,500 in his career. He hasn’t allowed an earned run for 13 straight innings over his last two starts. 2-1 Mariners.

MARINERS FOURTH: Michael Saunders, his average down to .202 and two hitless at-bats away from dropping below Mendoza, got a much-needed double. A Brendan Ryan infield single put runners on first and third with two outs but Endy ChavezĀ  g rounded out. 2-1 Mariners.

TWINS SECOND: The M’s had a defensive letdown, with Ryan booting a double-play grounder, and then Harang air-mailing a throw home on a comebacker. The runner, Parmelee, would have been out by a mile, but the throw went about a mile over Shoppach’s head for the second error of the inning. With runners on second and third, however, Harang struck out the next two. 2-1 Mariners

MARINERS SECOND: A two-out walk by Chavez, but Bay can’t repeat his first-inning homer magic, grounding out. 2-0 Mariners

MARINERS FIRST: M’s get off to an explosive start as Jason Bay and Kyle Seager hit back-to-back homers — Bay’s off the facade in left, 402 feet, while Seager’s was opposite field. Nick Franklin later drew his fourth walk in 18 plate appearances. 2-0 Mariners.

Aaron Harang, coming off a four-hit shutout against the Padres, faces Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.96). Look out for Brendan Ryan — not only is he hitting .345 (20-for-58) over his last 15 games, but he’s a career .442 hitter against the Twins (19-for-43) and .500 at Target Field (13-for-26). The Mariners are 14-5 against the Twins over the last three seasons.



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