Posted May 06, 2012 on
AP on Fox
Los Angeles Angels
Rookie slugger Jesus Montero lined a two-run double in the first inning to get Seattle on the board, Mike Carp added his first homer of the season and the Mariners cruised to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Seattle starter Hector Noesi took a shutout into the seventh inning before giving up a solo home run to Ryan Doumit. Despite the homer, Noesi (2-3) allowed just four hits and struck out five. Doumit hit another solo shot in the ninth off reliever Tom Wilhelmsen.
Seattle won its second straight after snapping a seven-game losing streak on Saturday night. The Twins now head home having dropped 11 of 13.
Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn (0-4) made it through six innings, but was battered early and remained winless in five starts this season.
Left-handed batters came in hitting .407 against Blackburn this year and a Mariners lineup full of lefties did its part. But it was Montero, a right-hander and the centerpiece of Seattle's big offseason trade with the Yankees, who got it going early. His two-run double just inside the bag at third in the first was followed by Kyle Seager's long line-drive single off the wall in right that scored Montero.
Carp then opened the second with a solo shot deep into the seats in right field. It was just his third hit since coming off the disabled list earlier in the week after he missed nearly a month with a shoulder sprain suffered during the Mariners' season-opening series in Japan.
Seattle went ahead 5-0 in the fourth when Dustin Ackley lined a triple into the left-center field gap, then scored on Brendan Ryan's sacrifice foul out down the right-field line.
While Montero was the focus of the trade with the Yankees, Noesi was a piece the Mariners were equally excited about. His potential was on display in early April when Noesi threw eight shutout innings against Oakland. But in his three starts since, Noesi was 0-2 with a 9.75 ERA.
Facing the Twins' meek offense certainly helped. Noesi gave up singles in the first, third and fourth innings and didn't allow a baserunner past second until Doumit's second homer of the season in the seventh. Doumit made it his fifth career multi-homer game when he lined a solo shot in the ninth.
That was it for a Minnesota offense that took its place in baseball history this week. Before Sunday's game, the nine hits in the previous four games by Minnesota - including a no-hitter by the Angels Jered Weaver and a combined one-hitter courtesy mostly of Felix Hernandez on Saturday night - were the fewest hits in a four-game span since 1900, according to statistics provided by the Twins from the Elias Sports Bureau.
Minnesota had been shut out in three of its previous four games for the first time since 1996 and was on the verge of yet another shutout until Doumit's homer leading off the seventh inning.
Changes are coming for the Twins starting Monday. Touted prospect Brian Dozier is expected to join the team in Minnesota with Justin Morneau and his sore right wrist headed to the disabled list.
Notes: Seager has 10 RBIs over his past five games. ... Twins C Joe Mauer was back behind the plate for the first time since taking a foul tip off the inside of his knee and spending most of the past week as a designated hitter. ... The Twins will call up LHP Scott Diamond on Monday from Triple-A Rochester. Minnesota will announce the corresponding roster move on Monday.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Losing a plenty!
Welcome to the sixth edition of the State of the Seattle Mariners update for the 2012 regular season. In these weekly updates you will find all the information and news regarding the Seattle Mariners Baseball Franchise.
Upcoming Match Ups
The Tigers will be looking for vengeance after the Mariners swept Detroit on their last road trip. The M’s will then get...
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.
The Seattle Mariners started their latest ten game road trip in grand fashion, winning their first four games. They then dropped their last six, including all four games to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are tied for best record in the American League, and it was a competitive series for Seattle losing three games by one run and the other by two. The Mariners then finally returned...
The new-look Seattle Mariners lineup with Dustin Ackley leading off and Brendan Ryan batting
second is off to a good start. The Mariners won two of three from the Twins over the weekend with this lineup, which
came in the wake of left fielder/third baseman Chone Figgins being moved into a utility
role. Figgins was hitting .189 as the club's primary leadoff hitter, one...
The change was coming and it finally reached the boiling point in the Mariners camp. Today, manager Eric Wedge announced that Chone Figgins has moved from leadoff man to a utility role off the bench. The new third baseman/basemen are going to be Kyle Seager and Alex Liddi. He also announced the new leadoff man is Dustin Ackley.
This change is something that needed to happen, and...
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...
Tigers In Town!
The M’s were able to rally together and break a 7 game losing streak in their second game against the Twins.
The M’s have lost the most games in which they once had the lead in all of baseball with 10.
Their problem is obvious, although they are in 4th place of all the 30 teams in hits, they are not getting those base-runners home.
As the M’s are edging toward...
SEATTLE (AP) -- Felix Hernandez took advantage of late run support to give a needed win for the Seattle Mariners.
Hernandez and Steve Delabar combined for the 13th one-hitter in Seattle history, helping the Mariners break a seven-game losing streak with a 7-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
Only Denard Span's fourth-inning roller through the right side kept...
Can the Mariners take a punch? Easy, easy, I’m talking figuratively.
I say that because the Tigers are in town tonight to open a three-game series. Item one in the Detroit memory bank is the Mariners coming to the Motor City, taking the Tigers apart April 24-26 in a three-game sweep, outscoring them 21-9. How good a stretch was it for the Mariners as they opened a long 10-game...
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...
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
John Jaso's sacrifice fly capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
Octavio Dotel came on in the ninth for Detroit with closer Jose Valverde unavailable after three consecutive appearances. Dotel walked Brendan Ryan and Ichiro Suzuki then advanced both with a wild pitch. Ryan scored...
Even though the season is just underway, it's never to early to talk trade candidates. We're going to name a few players that could be trade candidates as the July Trade Deadline approaches. First, lets take a look at the American League.
The American League East is a really fun division to watch right now, led by the surprising play of the Orioles who are half a game above...
The game of baseball can tend to be a long one and at times, players can lose track of how many outs there are in the game.
It happened last night to Mariners catcher Jesus Montero against the Detroit Tigers as he started running off the field after a strike-out of Brandon Inge assuming that it was the final out of the inning.
Sadly for Jesus, it wasn't:
Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo is in his 11th season in the major leagues, and while it is fair to say that he hasn't ever truly lived up to expectations for some, the 33-year-old's impact on the game shouldn't be discounted.