American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Seattle|
(Saturday, August 18th)
Final Score: Seattle 3, Minnesota 2
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - John Jaso knocked in the game-winning run with
a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Seattle
Mariners snuck past the Minnesota Twins, 3-2, in the middle test of a
three-game series at Safeco Field.
Facing Tyler Robertson (1-1), Michael Saunders began the inning with a single
and Brendan Ryan legged out a bunt single to move the potential winning
run into scoring position.
Dustin Ackley followed with a walk to load the bases. Casey Fien came in from
the Twins bullpen and Jaso lifted a fly ball to left field, which was deep
enough to score Saunders from third for the winning tally.
"You feel good with him up there in those situations," Mariners manager Eric
Wedge said. "We weren't going to mess around with him, I didn't want to put
him in a situation where he had to get a hit to win the ballgame. If he could
do what he did, that'd be enough and it worked out."
Tom Wilhelmsen (4-2) got the final out in the top of the ninth to collect the
Ackley finished with three hits and an RBI and Justin Smoak crushed a solo
home run for the Mariners, who took the series-opener on Friday, 5-3.
Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer knocked in runs for the Twins, who have lost
eight of their last nine games.
The Twins opened the scoring with a run in their first at-bat. Jamey Carroll
began the game with a base hit and went to second on a wild pitch. Carroll
then advanced to third on a groundout by Mauer and scored when Morneau ripped
a single into left field.
Saunders smacked a one-out single in the Seattle third and went to third on a
single by Ryan before hustling home on a single by Ackley to tie the game at
The Twins took the lead in the seventh after Mauer grounded into a double play
which allowed Pedro Florimon to score, but Smoak tied the game for the
Mariners in the home seventh after he got a fastball from Minnesota starter
Scott Diamond on the 10th pitch of the at-bat and launched it over the wall in
"It was an exciting ball game. Unfortunately, we couldn't come up with a hit,"
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I don't know how many guys we left out
there, quite a bit with runners in scoring position. Not very good numbers
Seattle improved to 21-13 since the All-Star break ... The Mariners have won
11 of their last 12 games at home ... Mariners starter Jason Vargas allowed
two runs on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings ...
Diamond surrendered two runs on nine hits and no walks over 6 2/3 innings ...
Minnesota finished 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
08/19 01:37:53 ET