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After giving the Minnesota Twins the chance to earn a rare win, the Seattle Mariners turned the tables in the middle game of the series.
Fresh off the end to a lengthy skid, the Mariners will try to record back-to-back home wins for the second time this season in Sunday's finale.
Seattle (12-17) snapped a seven-game losing streak and a five-game skid at Safeco Field by limiting Minnesota to one hit in a 7-0 victory Saturday. Kyle Seager broke open a scoreless game with a two-run single in the sixth inning and hit a two-run homer in the seventh.
Ichiro Suzuki also drove in a pair of runs on a triple as the Mariners scored five times during the inning.
"That feels really good," Seager told the team's website. "(The losing streak) had gone on a little too long for our liking, for sure. ... We just got to score more runs."
The win came after major league-worst Minnesota earned its second victory in 11 games Friday. The Twins (7-19) got some bad news before Saturday's loss with designated hitter Justin Morneau heading to the disabled list because of a sore wrist.
Denard Span recorded his team's lone hit with a leadoff single in the fourth inning and Minnesota's average dropped to .239 after it was shut out for the third time in four games.
"You go through spells in a season like this," acting manager Scott Ullger said. "Hitting is contagious and lack of hitting is contagious."
Hector Noesi (1-3, 7.83 ERA) will try to take advantage of the Twins' struggles to record his first win in three weeks. The right-hander gave up three runs and three hits over 5 2-3 innings Tuesday in Tampa Bay but got one run of support in a 3-1 loss.
"He did a good job getting us into the sixth inning," manager Eric Wedge said. "It's back-to-back starts he's a little bit better, and he has some positives to work on. He has a lot to learn, but it's good for him to be a little better his last two starts."
While Noesi will make his first start against Minnesota, Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn (0-3, 6.64) will try to continue his recent success versus Seattle.
Blackburn is 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA in his last two matchups against the Mariners and gave up two runs during a complete-game victory May 24 at Target Field. The right-hander, though, could also use a little more support from his teammates.
Blackburn has gotten a combined three runs in his four outings this season and took the loss Monday despite a solid effort against the Los Angeles Angels. He gave up three runs over six innings of a 4-3 defeat.
"It's definitely a step in the right direction," Blackburn said. "The ball was coming out of my hand well."
Seattle's Chone Figgins is 11 for 26 in his career against the right-hander, but is currently mired in a 5-for-45 slump and hitless in his last 18 at-bats.
Four current Twins players have faced Noesi with Joe Mauer recording the only hit in those combined six at-bats, a double.
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Hilarious situation in Seattle this weekend. Hector Noesi had two balls thrown at him. One by the ump, one by his catcher. Have a look.
Nice reflexes Hector!
He threw one low pitch, but ended up getting back two baseballs. Wish I had this luck with women.
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M’s Finally Snap Skid
The Headline: the Seattle Mariners 1-hit the Minnesota Twins, and break their 7-game losing streak.
Seattle Mariners 7, Minnesota Twins 0
When: 10:10 ET, Friday, May 4, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Umpires: Home — Laz Diaz, 1B — Mike Everitt, 2B — Paul Schrieber, 3B — Tim Welke
1. The Win
Seattle Mariners pitcher Hector Noesi must have thought he was seeing double during Sunday's game against the Minnesota Twins when— after having a pitch land in the dirt— his catcher and the umpire got their signals crossed and each threw a ball back at the surprised Noesi.
In the third inning, the former New York Yankees pitcher threw a strike to catcher John Jaso. Jaso...
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Here is a look at the latest news and notes from around major league baseball to help you set your fantasy baseball lineup for week 6 (May 7 – May 13) of the 2012 fantasy baseball season.
6 games: KC, LAA, NYY, OAK, SEA, TB, TOR
7 games: BAL, BOS, CWS, DET, MIN, TEX
8 games: CLE
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