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Mariners overcome four-run deficit to knock off Twins

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Rookie Jeremy Reed didn't take the bat off his shoulders in his decisive at-bat against Jesse Crain. It turned out to be a perfect strategy.

On a 3-2 pitch, Crain walked Reed with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to push across the tiebreaking run, and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

"You can swing at it and put a good swing on it and still get jammed or hit it off the end," Reed said. "So I was thinking more take."

The Mariners loaded the bases off Carlos Silva (7-6) and Crain on singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Willie Bloomquist and a two-out intentional walk to Adrian Beltre. Reed's walk, for his second RBI of the game, brought in Suzuki from third.

Reed felt all the pressure was on Crain in that situation.

"A hitter can put pressure on himself," he said. "I think I've done that a few times this year when you try to do too much. Luckily, this time I didn't put pressure on myself."

Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said he wasn't afraid to call for the intentional walk to Beltre because his pitching staff has issued the fewest walks in the majors by a wide margin this season. The walk to Reed was only the team's 235th of the season.

"We don't do that very often, but we invented it tonight," Gardenhire said. "We don't walk too many people. You can look at the stats and see that. You have to put Beltre on and go after the kid."

George Sherrill (1-0), a left-hander who was called up from Triple-A Tacoma on July 31 after the Mariners traded left-hander Ron Villone to Florida, picked up the victory by getting two outs in the eighth. Sherrill hasn't allowed a hit or a run in four appearances and 4 1/3 innings with the Mariners this season.

"Hopefully, I'm here to stay," said Sherrill, who pitched in 21 games for Seattle as a 27-year-old rookie last season. "I just wanted a chance and it's working out."

Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 26th consecutive save and his 27th in 28 opportunities.

Silva fell to 0-3 in six starts since his last win on July 4. He pitched seven-plus innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and one walk, with five strikeouts.

"It feels good to have a four-run lead," Silva said. "It's too bad I couldn't hold the lead. I missed my spots a lot of times and I made a lot of bad pitches. Pitches up."

The loss dropped the Twins 7½ games back in the AL wild-card race.

"We can't get the big hit," said Matthew LeCroy, Minnesota's cleanup hitter Monday night. "In years past, we've been able to do it. We've got good pitching. We just cannot get a big hit in some situations."

The Twins took a 4-0 lead in the third on Shannon Stewart's two-run double, followed by an RBI double by Nick Punto and an RBI single by LeCroy.

Chris Snelling hit his second career homer in the bottom of the inning. An RBI double by Richie Sexson and Reed's run-scoring single in the fourth cut Minnesota's lead to 4-3.

The Mariners tied it at 4-4 on Bloomquist's run-scoring double in the fifth.

Seattle starter Gil Meche pitched five innings and allowed four runs on five hits and three walks, with two strikeouts.

Meche was hit in the right forearm by a line drive off the bat of Stewart on the second pitch to open the game. He said he had some swelling in the forearm after the game.

"It hurt like ... when it first hit me," he said. "My hand a little numb right away, but a couple seconds later I was able to move my arm around and it felt better. It didn't bother me the rest of the time I was out there."

Notes

  • Snelling, who was recalled from Tacoma Friday to replace the traded Randy Winn in LF, hit his first major-league homer at Tampa Bay on May 29, 2002.
  • Meche is 5-1 in his career against Minnesota.
  • With two doubles, Stewart had his 37th multihit game of the season, tops on the Twins.
  • Sexson struck out twice and is tied for the major-league lead with Cincinnati's Adam Dunn with 119.
 
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Second baseman Nick Punto watches his double-play toss as Chris Snelling slides in hard.  (AP)
Second baseman Nick Punto watches his double-play toss as Chris Snelling slides in hard. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

J. Reed
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Minnesota

S. Stewart
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF4122001 .282
Nick Punto, 2B3111112 .251
Joe Mauer, C3000112 .295
Matthew LeCroy, DH3011113 .271
    Luis Rodriguez, PR-DH0000000 .288
Jacque Jones, RF4000001 .263
Lew Ford, CF4000012 .252
Justin Morneau, 1B4000010 .247
Terry Tiffee, 3B4110010 .205
Jason Bartlett, SS2110210 .234
Totals314645711 
Batting
2B - Shannon Stewart 2 (21, Meche, Meche), Nick Punto (12, Meche)
RBI - Shannon Stewart 2 (49), Nick Punto (15), Matthew LeCroy (29)
2-OUT RBI - Matthew LeCroy (13)
SB - Nick Punto (6, 2nd base off Nelson/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Tiffee-Punto-Morneau, Bartlett-Punto-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva (L,7-6) 7955151 3.42
Jesse Crain 1000210 2.88
IBB - Beltre by Jesse Crain
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 93-71, Jesse Crain 20-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 8-6
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 29, Jesse Crain 5
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4110001 .304
Willie Bloomquist, 2B4021000 .278
Raul Ibanez, DH4110013 .293
Richie Sexson, 1B4111021 .266
Adrian Beltre, 3B3010100 .255
Jeremy Reed, CF3012110 .256
Mike Morse, SS4000024 .300
    Yuniesky Betancourt, SS0000000 .226
Chris Snelling, LF2221100 .286
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000001 .216
Totals315953610 
Batting
2B - Willie Bloomquist (12, Silva), Raul Ibanez (23, Silva), Richie Sexson (26, Silva)
HR - Chris Snelling (1, Silva)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist (12), Richie Sexson (85), Jeremy Reed 2 (36), Chris Snelling (1)
2-OUT RBI - Willie Bloomquist (2), Jeremy Reed (13)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Snelling 1
DP - Thornton-Morse-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Gil Meche 5544320 5.12
Matt Thornton 2.1100130 5.44
Jeff Nelson0000100 2.87
George Sherrill (W,1-0) 0.2000010 0.00
Eddie Guardado (S,27) 1000010 1.38
IBB - Mauer by Gil Meche
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 88-51, Matt Thornton 35-21, Jeff Nelson 6-2, George Sherrill 5-5, Eddie Guardado 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 3-9, Matt Thornton 3-0
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 22, Matt Thornton 8, Jeff Nelson 1, George Sherrill 2, Eddie Guardado 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35401
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Ramon Armendariz