Minnesota (16-10) at Seattle (10-17)

  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Thu May 6, 2004
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Freddy Garcia has been the Seattle Mariners’ most reliable starter this season. But he hasn’t been getting much help from his offense.

Garcia and the Mariners hope to win a series for just the second time this season as they close out their three-game set with the visiting Minnesota Twins.

Coming off a down year when he finished 12-14 with a 4.51 ERA, Garcia has had a solid start to the season despite having no wins to show for it.

The 27-year-old right-hander has pitched at least six innings in each of his five starts, while lasting at least seven in four.

However, the Mariners haven’t taken advantage of Garcia and his 2.27 ERA. In his five starts, Seattle has scored just 11 runs, most of them coming in a 6-5 loss to Anaheim on April 14.

In his last start, the Mariners’ 3-1 win over Detroit on Sunday, Garcia gave up one run and four hits with four walks in eight innings.

“We won the game, and that’s the important thing,” Garcia said. “I’d like to get a win, but I was tired. If I try to get them to send me out for the ninth, maybe I give up a run and we lose the game. That’s not worth it.”

A win Thursday will give the Mariners their first series victory since they took two of three from Texas from April 16-18.

After taking the series opener 4-3 in 16 innings on Tuesday, the Mariners were shut down by starter Carlos Silva in 5-1 loss on Wednesday.

Silva took a shutout bid into the eighth inning and got his fifth win of the season. Jacque Jones hit a two-run homer for the Twins, who stopped a three-game losing streak.

The Twins might be without outfielder Torii Hunter, who missed Wednesday’s game after reinjuring his right hamstring on Tuesday. He was on the disabled list from April 7-24 with the same injury.

“It’s day-to-day,” Hunter said. “Maybe tomorrow. We’ll see where we are.” Hunter said. “When I woke up this morning, it was OK,” he said. “But we can’t be too careful.”

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Starting Pitchers

B. Radke MIN vs. F. Garcia ATL
11-8 Record 13-11
3.48 ERA 3.81
143 K 184
26 BB 64
1.16 WHIP 1.22