The Seattle Mariners' push for .500 took a step back, but their starting pitching continues to make positive strides.
Aaron Harang would like that trend to continue Saturday against the Minnesota Twins.
Since Mariners starters allowed 20 runs in three games against Boston from July 9-11, the rotation has yielded 18 earned runs during the team's 9-2 run. After Hisashi Iwakuma tossed six scoreless innings in Thursday's 8-2 victory over the Twins (44-56), ace Felix Hernandez was two outs from a shutout Friday when Trevor Plouffe's RBI single helped send the game to extra innings.
Rookie Chris Colabello's first career homer - a two-run shot - in the 13th was the difference as Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak at Seattle (49-54) with a 3-2 victory.
"The last couple days I've been feeling a lot better in the box," said Colabello, who was 5 for 37 in his first 13 games. "I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to help the team and do what I could to be successful, and obviou...