Twins 3, Mariners 2 (13 innings)

Scott Johnson, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners starter Felix Hernandez gave up a run for the first time in three starts Friday night, when he had to settle for a no-decision before watching from the dugout while the Minnesota Twins provided the final bit of heroics.
Minnesota's Chris Colabello hit his first career home run in the top of the 13th inning, leading the Twins to a 3-2 win on a night when offense was hard to come by.
Colabello's two-run home run off reliever Yoervis Medina, the fourth reliever used by Seattle in extra innings, gave Minnesota a 3-1 lead and helped snap the Twins' two-game losing streak.
Seattle's Kendrys Morales led off the bottom of the 13th with a home run to cut the deficit to 3-2, but Minnesota closer Glen Perkins recovered to earn his 25th save of the season.
Minnesota's Brian Duensing (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win, while Medina (3-3) took the loss.
Hernandez extended his scoreless streak to 24 1/3 innings by shutting out the Twins until the top of the ninth when pinch hitter Trevor Plouffe drove in the first run scored on Hernandez since July 8. Plouffe's single up the middle brought in Pedro Florimon from second base to tie the score 1-1 with one out in the ninth.
Hernandez allowed just five hits and struck out 11 over nine innings of work, but he didn't factor into the decision after winning each of his previous three starts. He threw 103 pitches before reliever Charlie Furbush took over to start the 10th inning.
It marked the 53rd time in Hernandez's career that he has pitched eight or more innings while giving up one run or fewer.
Minnesota (44-56) struck out 15 times Friday, giving them a total of 28 over the first two games of the series.
The Mariners (49-54) had 12 hits but stranded 11 runners on base and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Hernandez gave up a hit to the first batter he faced but went on to retire 11 in a row afterward.
Minnesota's Scott Diamond was just as good out of the gates, throwing 4 2/3 scoreless innings. The Mariners' Nick Franklin got a leadoff double off Diamond in the fourth but was stranded at third base.
Franklin finally broke through with two outs in the fifth, driving an RBI single up the middle to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead.
Diamond threw six shutout innings of four-hit ball in his last start against Seattle.
Notes: Mariners C Mike Zunino was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Friday night's game. X-rays on his injured left hand revealed a fractured hamate bone, and he's scheduled to undergo surgery next week. ... Seattle signed C Humberto Quintero, a veteran free agent who has made four previous stops during an 11-year career and was hitting .250 with Philadelphia before being designated for assignment earlier in the week. Quintero, who cleared waivers before being signed by the Mariners, joins 41-year-old Henry Blanco as the only catchers on the active roster. ... The Mariners got a break with Twins C Joe Mauer missing his fourth game while on paternity leave Friday. Mauer has a career batting average of .424 (14 of 33) when facing Hernandez. ... Heading into Friday's game, the Twins had lost six in a row at Safeco Field, dating back to May 2012.

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