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Twins 7, Mariners 4

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MINNEAPOLIS -- At last, Carlos Silva got some help from his offense.

Lew Ford hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning, Silva won for the first time since July 4 and the surging Minnesota Twins rallied past the Seattle Mariners 7-4 Friday night for their sixth straight victory.

Joe Mauer also homered and drove in two runs for Minnesota, which has won eight of nine. The Twins began the day 3½ games behind AL wild-card leader Oakland.

With the score tied at 4 and two outs in the seventh, Ford hit a 1-0 pitch from Jeff Nelson into the left-field seats. It was the first three-run homer for the Twins since July 2.

"I wasn't thinking home run because I haven't hit one for a while," said Ford, who last connected on June 16. "I was really just trying to wait back and hit a line drive somewhere up the middle, maybe to right-center."

George Sherrill (1-2) took the loss, giving up a bloop double to Justin Morneau when Willie Bloomquist overran the ball in short right field with one out in the seventh. Nelson replaced Sherrill two batters later.

"Nelson's tough on right-hand hitters, but it just didn't happen tonight," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said.

Silva (8-6) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits, needing only 77 pitches to get through seven innings.

He finally got some run support, too. Since his previous win, Minnesota had averaged 2.77 runs per game for Silva. His ERA during that span was 2.60.

"The pitchers can't control what we do offensively," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I'm sure the pitchers are happy we're scoring some runs for them."

Seattle had pinch-runner Jamal Strong on second with one out in the seventh, but Yorvit Torrealba flied out and Ichiro Suzuki grounded out.

Juan Rincon pitched a scoreless eighth, and Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth for his 31st save in 34 tries.

In five innings, Seattle starter Gil Meche, winless since July 17, allowed three runs and five hits. Meche gave up 15 earned runs in 14 innings in his previous two starts.

"I'm not being real consistent with my fastball," he said. "It's not me on the mound as a pitcher and that's why I'm struggling."

Seattle nearly broke the game open in the third. Singles by Yuniesky Betancourt, Torrealba and Suzuki loaded the bases before an error by Morneau at first base allowed two runs to score. Raul Ibanez added a sacrifice fly for a 4-2 Mariners lead.

"Even when they scored four runs in the second and third innings, I had a lot of confidence. I told myself if I keep the score there we're still going to win the game," Silva said. "When Lew hit the homer I was pumped."

Silva helped his own cause to end the third-inning threat. After fielding Richie Sexson's grounder, he threw to second, where Brent Abernathy tagged Bloomquist, who was diving back to the bag. From his seat, Abernathy threw out Sexson at first.

"I think he showed more arm strength from his back than he does standing up," Gardenhire said with a smile.

Mauer homered in the third, and Michael Cuddyer's RBI double in the sixth tied it at 4.

Mauer had a sacrifice fly in the first, and Morneau's run-scoring single made it 2-0 Twins.

Jeremy Reed hit a solo home run for Seattle in the second.

Notes

The Mariners released 1B Scott Spiezio after the game. Spiezio requested a trade before the season. The team expects to call up infielder Greg Dobbs from Triple-A Tacoma. ... Ford has five home runs this season, all three-run shots. ... Silva did not walk a batter for the 15th time in 23 starts. He has issued only eight free passes this season. ... Meche has not lost to Minnesota since July 24, 1999, going 5-0 with three no-decisions during that span.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

L. Ford
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Minnesota

C. Silva
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 3
BB 0
K 5
 

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Willie Bloomquist, 2B4011011 .269
Raul Ibanez, LF3001011 .292
Richie Sexson, 1B3000101 .260
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Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4120000 .271
Yorvit Torrealba, C3120002 .250
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HR - Jeremy Reed (3, Silva)
SF - Raul Ibanez (3)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist (17), Raul Ibanez (70), Jeremy Reed (37)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Reed (14)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (13, 2nd base off Silva/Mauer)
CS - Adrian Beltre (1, 2nd base by Silva/Mauer)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Bloomquist-Betancourt-Sexson, Beltre-Bloomquist-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Gil Meche 5533631 5.23
Shigetoshi Hasegawa (BS,1) 1211010 4.72
George Sherrill (L,1-2) 0.2122110 4.70
Jeff Nelson 1.1111021 3.97
IBB - LeCroy by George Sherrill
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 102-54, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 17-12, George Sherrill 18-12, Jeff Nelson 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 5-5, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 1-1, George Sherrill 1-0
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 24, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 5, George Sherrill 4, Jeff Nelson 5
Minnesota Twins
Shannon Stewart, LF3110211 .281
Nick Punto, SS5110014 .247
Joe Mauer, C3112000 .299
Justin Morneau, 1B4121010 .246
Matthew LeCroy, DH2010200 .274
    Jason Bartlett, PR-DH0100000 .244
Jacque Jones, RF4000035 .256
Lew Ford, CF3223102 .262
Michael Cuddyer, 3B3011111 .258
Brent Abernathy, 2B2000102 .324
   a- Luis Rodriguez, PH-2B1000000 .261
Totals307977715 
a-popped out for Abernathy in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nick Punto (13, Meche), Justin Morneau (17, Sherrill), Michael Cuddyer (20, Hasegawa)
HR - Joe Mauer (9, Meche), Lew Ford (5, Nelson)
SF - Joe Mauer (3)
RBI - Joe Mauer 2 (49), Justin Morneau (61), Lew Ford 3 (43), Michael Cuddyer (31)
2-OUT RBI - Lew Ford 3 (29)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Silva-Abernathy-Morneau, Mauer-Abernathy
E - Justin Morneau (6, misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Silva (W,8-6) 7843051 3.35
Juan Rincon (H,19) 1100110 2.51
Joe Nathan (S,31) 1000000 2.53
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 77-62, Juan Rincon 27-17, Joe Nathan 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 8-7, Joe Nathan 1-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 28, Juan Rincon 5, Joe Nathan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24795
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Paul Nauert