July 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM
Game thread, Mariners vs. Twins, July 25: Mariners win, 8-2
That’s nine out of 10 for the Mariners, and the 10th win of the season for Iwakuma. A six-run second inning was the impetus, highlighted by Nick Franklin’s three-run homer. Dustin Ackley had three hits and drove in two. The M’s had seven extra-base hits and six doubles, matching season highs in both. The M’s lost the shutout with two outs in the ninth on a double by Chris Herrmann off Oliver Perez, who then gave up another RBI double, this one to Doug Bernier. Perez had been 0-2 to Herrmann and thought he had him struck out to end the game.
TWINS SIXTH: He’s not getting much help from the Mariners’ defense — Kyle Seager made his second error, and the M’s third — but Iwakuma is blanking the Twins on four hits, with nine strikeouts. 8-0 Mariners
MARINERS FIFTH: A nice two-out rally started with Michael Saunders’ infield hit. Henry Blanco doubled him home, and Ackley doubled in Blanco. Ackley is 3-for-3 with two doubles and two ribbies. 8-0 Mariners
Mike Zunino was pulled from the game after the fourth inning for precautionary reasons, the Mariners announced. He took a foul tip off his left (glove) hand.
MARINERS FOURTH: Pressley turns in the first 1-2-3 inning for either team. 6-0 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: They strand runners on second and third (Saunders walk, Ackley opposite-field double) as Miller grounds out. Everyone in the starting lineup has reached base. 6-0 Mariners
TWINS THIRD: Iwakuma worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam to run his scoreless streak against the Twins to 23 2/3 innings. Seager committed an error, the second of the night for the Mariners. 6-0 Mariners
MARINERS SECOND: The Mariners sent 10 batters to the plate and exploded for six runs. Twins starter Kevin Correia was knocked out after giving up three singles, three doubles and a homer — a three-run shot by Nick Franklin. Zunino and Ackley singled in runs and Miller had an RBI double, breaking an 0-for-13 stretch. 6-0 Mariners
MARINERS FIRST: Franklin was flat-out robbed of a hit on a great stop by second baseman Dozier. Ibanez’s two-out walk led nowhere.
TWINS FIRST: They get a couple of infield hits with two outs (one of which rightfully should have been ruled an error on Nick Franklin), but Iwakuma struck out Plouffe to get out of it.
The Mariners pitchers the next two nights — Hisashi Iwakuma tonight and Felix Hernandez tomorrow — have dominated the Twins, combining to hold them without an earned run over the last 44 2/3 innings. Iwakuma is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three previous starts, allowing just a pair of unearned runs in 20.2 innings. He’s held them to .171 average.
The Mariners have beaten the Twins five straight games at Safeco Field.