Minnesota had a six-game winning streak snapped with an 8-3 loss in 10 innings Saturday. The Twins nursed a 2-0 lead into the seventh before Seattle rallied to tie it on back-to-back homers by Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre.
Offense was a problem for Minnesota, which did not score from the second through ninth innings. The Twins are playing without injured center fielder Torii Hunter while Jacque Jones has had trouble battling an oblique strain in his right side.
Jones is hitless in 11 at-bats in this series since returning after missing six straight starts due to the injury. Minnesota has decided not to put him on the disabled list for now.
“No, that’s a tribute to Jacque,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s a big part of this ballclub.”
Third baseman Michael Cuddyer is also going through a tough period. He went 0-for-4 on Saturday to drop his average to .188 (9-for-48) over his last 14 games.
Minnesota remained 3 1/2 games behind AL wild card leader Oakland despite the loss. The Athletics suffered a surprising defeat to Kansas City on Saturday that ended the Royals’ 19-game losing streak.
Sexson added a grand slam Saturday to cap a six-run 10th inning as Seattle ended a four-game road losing streak. It was the slugger’s third multihomer effort of the season.
Minnesota will start Brad Radke, who is 1-3 with a 2.99 ERA over his last seven outings. Radke surrendered four runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings and did not receive a decision in a 9-4 win Tuesday at AL Central-leading Chicago.
The veteran right-hander is 6-11 with a 5.12 ERA in 23 career starts against Seattle. He is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts against the Mariners this season.
Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki will be looking to start a new hitting streak after going 0-for-4 on Saturday to end a season-high 13-game run. Suzuki is hitting .316 (12-for-38) with five runs scored in nine games against Minnesota this season.