SEATTLE (AP)—The Minnesota Twins are finally playing like the team they thought they would be before the season began.
After finishing with a 12-14 record at the end of April, the Twins are 16-5 in May.
The AL Central-leading Twins won their third series in a row, while the AL West-leading Mariners lost a series for the first time in five series. Minnesota won the final two games in Oakland and the last two in Seattle.
“To be honest, I think this is the best road trip I’ve ever been on, without a doubt,” Reed said. “To go up against two teams like this and to come away with four wins with the pitching and hitting they have, we played two great series.”
In April, the Twins were swept in two series by the New York Yankees, losing seven times. Manager Ron Gardenhire said his team faced the Yankees at the wrong time.
“The Yankees are pretty good,” he said. “When they’re playing hot like that, I challenge anybody to stay with ‘em.”
“We think we can compete with anybody,” Gardenhire said. “That’s the way we feel about the game.”
Reed (3-5) lost his bid for a shutout when Bret Boone led off Seattle’s seventh with his 12th homer of the season, a 399-foot shot to right.
Reed gave up one run and five hits in seven innings without walking a batter. He struck out one. Reed followed up Kyle Lohse’s complete-game win Saturday night, 7-2 over the Mariners.
“I don’t know if that carries over, but you always want to follow up,” Reed said of Lohse’s performance. “That was pretty hard to back up. You want to pitch a good game every time you go out there, but after seeing an outing like that, that was pretty hard to top.”
Guardado had help from Mohr, who leaped to the top of the right-field wall to rob Edgar Martinez of a potential home run with Boone on second and one out in the ninth to preserve the lead.
“I thought it was gone,” Guardado said. “To be honest, I said, ‘Aw man.’ But it all worked out.”
Martinez, who had a 12-pitch at bat, hoped it was gone.
“I hit it good,” Martinez said. “It just didn’t go out. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Mohr led off the second with his fifth homer of the season, a 397-foot shot to right, to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead.
Franklin pitched 6 2-3 innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks, with four strikeouts.
In the fifth, Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki had consecutive outfield assists. Chris Gomez and Jacque Jones opened the inning with singles. But Suzuki helped get Jones at first on a 9-6-3 play when Jones made too wide of a turn at first.
Gomez wound up at third on the play, but was thrown out by several steps at the plate by Suzuki when he attempted to score on Cristian Guzman’s flyball. Suzuki has six outfield assists this season, tops in the AL.
Suzuki became the first player to get two outfield assists in the same inning since Minnesota center fielder Torii Hunter had two against Detroit in the fourth inning Sept. 10.
Gomez was sent by third-base coach Al Newman.
“I didn’t do it,” Gardenhire protested. “But I would never second guess my coaches. I was yelling, ‘OK, here we go for it.’ He’s got to make a perfect throw to home to get him out.”
Mariners manager Bob Melvin knew Gomez was going.
Hunter turned in a defensive gem of his own in the sixth when he turned his back and caught up with Carlos Guillen’s drive on the warning track for thefinal out of the inning.
The Mariners became the first team to draw 1 million fans this season. A sellout crowd of 45,213 pushed the team’s attendance to 1,027,043 in their 28th home date. The Mariners had 1,174,241 fans after 28 games last season. They’re down 12.6 percent in attendance from last season. They’ve led the majors in attendance at 3.5 million in each of the past two seasons. … A.J.Pierzynski stole his first base of the season and fourth of his career.