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Twins 7, Mariners 3 (14 innings)

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SEATTLE -- Even young Joe Mauer was tired after catching 14 innings for the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

"I feel a little bit fatigued," he said with a smile. "It'll be nice to have the day off tomorrow. I might be a little bit sore tomorrow."

Luis Rodriguez's tiebreaking RBI single and Mauer's two-run double in the 14th inning gave the Twins a 7-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

Rodriguez came up with a runner on second in the 10th with one out but flied out to left.

"I'm pretty happy," said Rodriguez, a Venezuelan speaking through a translator. "That was the second time in the game I had a chance to break the tie. I feel really good about that."

Mauer went 4-for-5, with two doubles and three RBI in the game.

"It's good to come out on top in a game like that," he said. "It was just one of those nights when I was seeing the ball pretty good. I was just able to put a good swing on the one in the 14th inning."

The 22-year-old Mauer played only 35 games last season because of a torn meniscus in his left knee that required surgery. He played in his 90th game of the 2005 season on Wednesday night.

"It's good to be back," Mauer said. "This year's been a lot better."

Lew Ford opened the 14th with a walk off Jeff Nelson (1-2). Jason Bartlett attempted to sacrifice him to second but first baseman Richie Sexson caught the bunt for an out. Nelson then hit Shannon Stewart with a pitch before Nelson was replaced by Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Seattle's eighth pitcher.

Hasegawa then served up Rodriguez's go-ahead single to left, and Mauer followed with his double to center to add two insurance runs. Jacque Jones drove in the fourth run of the 14th with a fielder's choice.

The Twins sent nine men to the plate in the 14th, getting three hits.

Closer Joe Nathan (5-3) pitched two innings and Juan Rincon, Minnesota's sixth pitcher, worked the bottom of the 14th.

It took the Twins 4 hours, 27 minutes, but they snapped a three-game losing streak and a six-game road losing skid.

"They won the first half, but we won the second half," joked Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire.

In the ninth, the Twins tied the score at 3 with an unearned run off Mariners ace closer Eddie Guardado, who blew a save for the first time since April 9 after posting a club-record 27 in a row.

With two out, pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer hit an infield single to second baseman Willie Bloomquist, who threw the ball into the first-base seats for a throwing error, allowing Cuddyer to go to second.

Pinch-hitter Ford singled to left to score pinch-runner Nick Punto to tie the score, with Punto sliding into home plate ahead of a throw by left fielder Chris Snelling. The run was unearned because of Bloomquist's throwing error.

Guardado, 34, spent his first 11 seasons with the Twins before signing with the Mariners as a free agent in December 2003.

"It was a good run and it was fun, but you know hopefully I'll start another one," he said of his snapped streak of saves. "I feel bad because my job is to come in and get three outs in the ninth. To close it down. I didn't do it."

Sexson tied the score at 1 in the fourth with his 28th homer, a 436-foot shot into the Mariners' bullpen in left field. It was Sexson's 11th homer in 26 games.

"I hung a changeup to Sexson," Minnesota starter Brad Radke said. "I don't like facing that guy."

The Mariners went ahead 3-1 in the sixth on Raul Ibanez's RBI single and Jeremy Reed's double-play grounder with the bases loaded, but they didn't score over the final eight innings.

In the top of the fourth, Justin Morneau gave the Twins a 1-0 lead with an RBI single. Mauer had a run-scoring single in the eighth for his third hit of the game.

For Seattle, starter Joel Pineiro allowed two runs on seven hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.

Radke pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.

"As long as I keep my team in the game," Radke said of his performance. "That's what our starting pitcher is there for. As long as you get wins out of those games, it makes it a lot easier."

Notes

  • Jones, who has started 98 games in RF for the Twins this season, made his first start in CF since April 8, 2004. Jones came to manager Ron Gardenhire and volunteered to play CF after Torii Hunter broke his left ankle July 29. Hunter is out for the season.
  • Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki received his 15th intentional walk, tops in the AL.
  • Juan Castro of the Twins left the game with a left knee strain in the 10th. He's day to day.
  • The 4:27 game was the longest for both teams this season.
 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Mauer
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
Seattle

J. Pineiro
IP 7.2
H 7
ER 2
BB 0
K 4
 

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2B - Shannon Stewart (22, Mateo), Joe Mauer 2 (20, Pineiro, Hasegawa)
SH - Shannon Stewart (1), Luis Rodriguez (5)
RBI - Luis Rodriguez (11), Joe Mauer 3 (45), Jacque Jones (57), Justin Morneau (54), Lew Ford (37)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer (13), Lew Ford (25)
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Brad Radke 7733341 3.71
Matt Guerrier 0.2100110 2.80
Terry Mulholland 1100100 5.48
Jesse Crain 2.1000010 2.75
Joe Nathan (W,5-3) 2200130 2.77
Juan Rincon 1100010 2.72
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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF6020122 .304
Willie Bloomquist, 2B6120005 .274
Raul Ibanez, DH6121023 .292
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Adrian Beltre, 3B5010112 .253
Jeremy Reed, CF5000122 .254
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS6020002 .250
Chris Snelling, LF5020012 .276
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Wiki Gonzalez, C4000001 .268
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SB - Willie Bloomquist (11, 2nd base off Radke/Mauer)
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Julio Mateo 3400200 2.87
Matt Thornton 1000010 5.31
Jeff Nelson (L,1-2) 0.1022100 3.41
Shigetoshi Hasegawa 0.2322000 4.84
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Attendance - 35801
Game Time - 4:27
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Ramon Armendariz, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Jim Wolf