Mariners 10, Twins 8

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—This time, Seattle’s rally was enough for a victory.

Randy Winn capped a five-run sixth inning with a two-run homer as the Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 10-8 Tuesday night.

The Mariners wiped out deficits of five runs and four runs in their previous two games but lost both of them. This time, Seattle trailed 7-3 in the fourth inning before the comeback.

“There was still a lot of game left,” Seattle’s Mike Cameron said. “We’ve still got six innings to play after that.”

Bret Boone’s two-run homer in the fifth against Rick Reed pulled the Mariners to 7-5.

John Olerud tied the score in the sixth off Joe Mays (8-7) with a two-out, two-run single, and Cameron came home with the go-ahead run after center fielder Jacque Jones’ throw skipped over catcher A.J. Pierzynski for an error.

Winn, who went 3-for-4, followed with his fourth homer, an opposite-field drive to left.

The AL West-leading Mariners stopped a three-game losing streak, which matched their season high. They remained four games ahead of Oakland for the division lead.

Minnesota had won five straight following the All-Star break but dropped to 49-50 and fell behind Chicago into third place in the AL Central, 5 1/2 games behind division-leading Kansas City. Their pitching, which had been solid since the break, struggled Tuesday.

“We scored enough runs to win the baseball game,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Mays pitched two perfect innings of relief Sunday in his best outing since being demoted to the bullpen on July 6, but Seattle got to him for five runs in two-thirds of an inning Tuesday, raising his ERA to 6.77.

And he compounded problems in the inning by not backing up home plate on Jones’ throw, allowing Cameron to score the go-ahead run.

“I’m trying to protect guys by not running them out there every night,” Gardenhire said. “Other guys need to get outs. It’s a learning experience for Joe coming out of the bullpen.”

Julio Mateo (2-0) pitched 4 1-3 innings of three-hit relief, allowing only Shannon Stewart’s solo homer in the sixth—Stewart’s first homer since Minnesota acquired him from Toronto last week.

“He’s done that all year,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said of Mateo. “If we need him for 60 pitches, he goes out and throws 60. If we need him to get through an inning and throw 15, he does that.”

Rafael Soriano and Shigetoshi Hasegawa pitched one scoreless inning each, with Hasegawa earning his seventh save in seven chances.

Seattle starter Freddy Garcia gave up seven runs and seven hits in 2 2-3 innings, tying his shortest outing of the season. Garcia won six straight starts from May 27 to June 24 but has not won since.

Reed gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings, and was booed when he gave up three runs in the second and again when he allowed Boone’s homer.

“He didn’t have command of anything,” Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said.

The Twins scored twice in the second and added five more in the third, when they got just two balls out of the infield. Minnesota had three infield singles, and Garcia walked two batters, hit another and threw a wild pitch. Shortstop Mark McLemore also made a throwing error.

“It was kind of a roller-coaster game where you get out to a lead and thenit’s gone, and you’re battling to get back into it,” Olerud said.

Notes

Mariners DH Edgar Martinez sat out with tightness in his left calf. He aggravated the muscle Monday night and took himself out after the seventh inning. … Stewart made his first start in right field for the Twins. He had started four games as a DH since being acquired from Toronto on July 16. … McLemore’s error was just Seattle’s 35th in 99 games. … In its previous five games, Seattle scored 14 of its 17 runs from the seventh inning on. Tuesday, the Mariners scored all 10 runs in the first six innings. … Seattle’s IchiroSuzuki was 0-for-6 for the first time in his career.

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