Twins 5, Mariners 4

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 01, 2013
Ryan Doumit's two-run triple off Tom Wilhelmsen with one out in the ninth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday afternoon. This was the third blown save of the season for Wilhelmsen (0-1), all in his last four tries. The right-hander pitched a perfect ninth for the save Friday night, but he walked the first three batters he faced a day later after inheriting a 4-2 lead. Josh Willingham followed with a sacrifice fly, and Doumit - who missed the cycle by a home run - drove in two more for the walk-off win. Wilhelmsen also issued two walks in a squandered save at San Diego on Wednesday. This one wiped out two homers by Jason Bay and an effective start by Aaron Harang. Rookie Caleb Thielbar (1-0) picked up his first major league victory with a scoreless ninth inning. Four of Bay's eight home runs, all of them with none on base, have been in his last five games. Kyle Seager also homered and scored after a single in the seventh. Kevin Correia pitched into the seventh inning but gave up three home runs for the second straight start. After posting a 3-1 record and 2.23 ERA over five April appearances, the right-hander has been hit hard. After Brian Dozier's two-out single tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the sixth for the Twins, Correia recorded two quick outs in the next inning before Bay drove a 2-1 breaking ball into the left-field seats. With Brian Duensing in the game, Raul Ibanez's single stretched the lead to 4-2. In his first season with the Mariners after injuries limited him to a career-low 70 games and a .165 batting average in 2012, Bay has sure rediscovered his power stroke this week. He hit 32 or more homers in three of five years from 2005-09 but went deep only 26 times for the Mets over the last three miserable seasons. Bay and Seager, who is 7 for 20 in his last five games, hit back-to-back shots against Correia in their first inning of the new month. In May, the Mariners homered 36 times, their most in any month since hitting 39 in June 2006. The Mariners have been struggling to find support in their rotation behind the dominant duo of Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, who shut out the Twins over 7 2-3 innings Friday night. But Harang has been sharp this week. He spun a four-hit shutout of San Diego at home Monday. This time, he allowed only four hits and two runs while striking out four. One of the runs was unearned. He made one bad toss, but that wasn't a pitch. With runners at the corners, Harang fielded a comebacker by Aaron Hicks and had Chris Parmelee caught between third and home. But he failed to set his feet and sent a soft throw sailing over catcher Kelly Shoppach's head for an error and an easy run for the Twins. Dozier and Doumit delivered the clutch hits, but the Twins were 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Ahead of only the White Sox and Mariners in offense in the American League, the Twins were further weakened against Harang by flu-like symptoms for first baseman Justin Morneau. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Morneau was lying down in a darkened room before the game to rest. NOTES: The Mariners have brought up RHP Jeremy Bonderman to start Sunday's game, which will mark the 30-year-old's first major league appearance since 2010. He was signed to a minor-league contract before the season. Bonderman's career with Detroit was waylaid by shoulder problems. Then he had Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last year. ... LHP Scott Diamond (3-4, 5.22), who is winless in his last four starts, will take his turn for the Twins. ... The Mariners will have to make a roster move to clear room for Bonderman. ... The Mariners left 1B Justin Smoak (right oblique) and RF Michael Morse (right quadriceps) on the bench again. Smoak has one pinch-hit at-bat in the last seven games. Morse has missed four straight games. Manager Eric Wedge said he hoped to play Smoak on Sunday, but Morse won't be ready. ... Famed former college basketball coach Bob Knight sat behind home plate for part of the game with Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman, an old friend.
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