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Minnesota at Seattle

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Mariners 10, Twins 9 (11 innings)

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- This was so sweet for Seattle, manager Mike Hargrove looked as if he might kiss Carl Everett.

Hargrove traded back slaps and hugs and then placed his hand on Everett's cheek -- all after his slumping veteran lined a home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the surging Mariners a 10-9 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

The 35-year-old designated hitter was 2-for-20 on Seattle's homestand and batting .245 before his winning hit. The switch-hitter is being platooned, sitting against left-handed starters.

"I haven't been swinging the bat well," Everett said after Seattle's season-high fifth homer of the game. "To come through with the clutch hit was a little uplifting.

"I've played a long time. I just want to keep the peaks high than the valleys are low."

Everett pulled a 2-0 pitch from Jesse Crain (0-4) as if Crain had told him what was coming. He immediately flipped his bat to the ground, turned both shoulders to his dugout and skipped to first base to celebrate his second game-ending homer this season. The first was April 19 against Texas.

"For Carl to come through the way he did was absolutely fantastic," Hargrove said.

"Wins like that add to what we are trying to build here."

Ichiro Suzuki had four hits, including a home run on the first pitch of the first inning, as the AL West doormats the last two seasons won for the sixth time in seven games. This, after a six-game losing streak had them a season-low nine games under .500 -- and had many Seattle fans looking forward to Seahawks training camp.

"Once this team starts thinking things are getting easier, things go down," Suzuki said. "This team can't now take it easy ... we should apply pressure to ourselves and allow ourselves to grow in that way."

Minnesota, which got a career high-tying five RBI from Mike Cuddyer, four hits from Lew Ford and two hits from major league batting leader Joe Mauer, lost for the seventh time in nine games. The Twins scored three more runs than they had scored in their previous five games combined -- and still lost. Their 10-game road trip won't end soon enough here Thursday.

"It is frustrating to comeback, put nine runs on the board - for us not to be able to get that victory is tough," Cuddyer said.

After Raul Ibanez had hit a three-run homer off Dennys Reyes to put Seattle ahead 9-4 in the sixth, Cuddyer erased that with a grand slam off Rafael Soriano to cap the Twins' five-run eighth.

One pitch before, the crowd and Soriano thought he had a strikeout on an 0-2 pitch, but plate umpire Bruce Dreckman ruled it high.

Julio Mateo (3-0) pitched one inning for the win.

Richie Sexson and Yuniesky Betancourt also homered, and Betancourt reached his career high with four hits. All that overcame Jamie Moyer's subpar, five-inning start, his shortest outing of the season.

Moyer allowed 10 hits and three earned runs in his five innings, with two walks and one strikeout.

Suzuki hit Boof Bonser's first pitch of the game into the right-field bleachers. Two outs later, Sexson homered to left for a 3-2 Seattle lead. Betancourt's two-run homer made it 5-2.

Bonser allowed five earned runs and seven hits in his five innings, with three walks and three strikeouts.

Mauer reached base five times, twice on walks. He was on base in his first nine plate appearances this series, until Seattle closer J.J. Putz retired him to end the top of the 10th.

Notes

Mauer has a hit in 34 of 39 games, batting .403 in that span. He's hitting .371 overall. ... Suzuki has 2,501 hits in his nine years playing in Japan and five-plus seasons in Seattle, where the 32-year old has 1,223 major league hits. In major league history, only Ty Cobb has had 2,500 hits by age 32. "I think to myself, `Wow! That's many,"' Suzuki said. ... Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few, a friend of Spokane, Wash.-native and Twins C Mike Redmond, was on the field during batting practice.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
Minnesota

M. Cuddyer
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
 
Minnesota Twins
Luis Castillo, 2B4200213 .281
Lew Ford, RF-LF6240002 .241
Joe Mauer, C4322200 .371
Torii Hunter, CF5031005 .266
Michael Cuddyer, 1B-RF5125113 .279
Jason Kubel, LF6010034 .241
    Nick Punto, PR-SS0000000 .299
Mike Redmond, DH5031000 .387
Terry Tiffee, 3B4010012 .125
   a- Luis Rodriguez, PH-3B0000100 .235
Juan Castro, SS5110013 .238
   b- Justin Morneau, PH-1B1000001 .236
Totals4591796723 
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Tiffee in the 9th
b-grounded into a double play for Castro in the 11th
Batting
2B - Lew Ford 2 (4, Moyer, Moyer), Joe Mauer (15, Moyer), Torii Hunter (10, Moyer), Michael Cuddyer (13, Moyer), Juan Castro (4, Green)
HR - Michael Cuddyer (8, Soriano)
SF - Torii Hunter (3)
SH - Mike Redmond (1), Luis Rodriguez (2)
RBI - Joe Mauer 2 (29), Torii Hunter (35), Michael Cuddyer 5 (28), Mike Redmond (9)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mauer (16), Michael Cuddyer 5 (15)
CS - Lew Ford (1, 3rd base by Moyer/Johjima)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Joe Mauer (1, )
Minnesota Twins
Boof Bonser 5755333 5.48
Willie Eyre 0.2233000 6.41
Dennys Reyes 1.1311001 1.88
Juan Rincon 2000020 1.86
Jesse Crain (L,0-4) 1.2311021 6.33
HBP - J. Lopez (by Willie Eyre)
Pitches-Strikes - Boof Bonser 102-58, Willie Eyre 22-13, Dennys Reyes 17-11, Juan Rincon 19-17, Jesse Crain 34-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Boof Bonser 5-7, Willie Eyre 2-0, Dennys Reyes 4-0, Jesse Crain 3-0
Batters Faced - Boof Bonser 25, Willie Eyre 5, Dennys Reyes 7, Juan Rincon 6, Jesse Crain 8
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF6241001 .358
Adrian Beltre, 3B5111122 .230
Jose Lopez, 2B4200105 .274
Raul Ibanez, LF6113020 .281
Richie Sexson, 1B6132010 .218
Carl Everett, DH6121012 .248
Kenji Johjima, C5000012 .268
Jeremy Reed, CF4100100 .216
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5142000 .288
Totals471015103712 
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (8, Eyre), Richie Sexson (13, Reyes)
HR - Ichiro Suzuki (2, Bonser), Raul Ibanez (10, Reyes), Richie Sexson (9, Bonser), Carl Everett (8, Crain), Yuniesky Betancourt (3, Bonser)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (18), Adrian Beltre (20), Raul Ibanez 3 (45), Richie Sexson 2 (38), Carl Everett (25), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (6), Raul Ibanez 3 (12), Richie Sexson 2 (16), Carl Everett (7)
SB - Jose Lopez (2, 2nd base off Bonser/Mauer)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Raul Ibanez 1
DP - Sexson-Betancourt-Mateo
E - Adrian Beltre (9, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Jamie Moyer 51043210 3.86
Sean Green (H,2) 2.1333240 6.75
George Sherrill0011100 2.70
Rafael Soriano (BS,3) 1.2211011 2.48
J.J. Putz 1100010 2.73
Julio Mateo (W,3-0) 1100100 4.37
IBB - Rodriguez by Julio Mateo
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 89-53, Sean Green 46-29, George Sherrill 5-1, Rafael Soriano 28-19, J.J. Putz 20-11, Julio Mateo 8-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 5-8, Sean Green 3-0, Rafael Soriano 1-3, J.J. Putz 1-1, Julio Mateo 2-0
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 26, Sean Green 12, George Sherrill 1, Rafael Soriano 7, J.J. Putz 4, Julio Mateo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24795
Game Time - 3:56
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino