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Tosoni's clutch hit helps Twins snap 11-game skid

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire kept his eye on the field, and on the 37,000-plus fans at Target Field.

He watched them squirm Thursday as Minnesota struggled through key spots against the Seattle Mariners for the third straight day. In the end, Gardenhire, the Twins and their crowd had reason to celebrate.

Rene Tosoni hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning and the Twins snapped their 11-game losing streak, beating Seattle 3-2.

The Twins avoided another sweep and won for just the second time in 17 games. This was the third-longest skid in Minnesota's 51-season history, behind a 14-game slide in 1982 and a 13-game drought in 1961, the first year the franchise moved from Washington.

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"Today was very entertaining, to say the least," Gardenhire said. "I'm honestly watching our fans get up and get down and have their hands on their heads, and I'm right there with them. But bottom line is we got a win."

Trevor Plouffe drew a two-out walk from Steve Delabar (1-1) in the ninth and Tosoni followed with a drive that hopped off the right-field wall. Plouffe slid home, easily beating the relay. The Twins poured out of the dugout and mobbed Tosoni near second base.

"It's been a while since we won a game, so of course we feel a little pressure, especially with the last couple of games having been so close," Tosoni said. "I don't think anyone's pressing. We just have to let everything go, start playing some baseball and win some games."

Tosoni had three hits and scored twice. The rookie began the day batting .174 in his first big league season.

"A pretty good day for him," Gardenhire said. "We need it and it was a big one at the end. We've been waiting for that one for three days."

Joe Nathan (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win after getting out of his own trouble. The Mariners stranded 12 runners, including the potential go-ahead run at third in the ninth when Wily Mo Pena flied out.

Both teams had their chances late in this one.

Ichiro Suzuki grounded back to reliever Glen Perkins with the bases loaded to end the Seattle eighth.

The Twins threatened in the bottom half before Michael Cuddyer hit into a double play against Delabar.

Tosoni's hit ended the third straight one-run game between the two teams. The Mariners won the first two games of the series by 5-4 scores.

"Usually one of the last things to come for young hitters is hitting with runners in scoring position and particularly with two outs and runners in scoring position," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said of his young team, which featured five rookies in the starting lineup.

"We had short spurts of that, but nothing consistent. That's something we'll have to do a much better job with next year, and I think we will," he said.

Mariners starter Blake Beavan, acquired from Texas along with Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee trade in 2010, pitched seven innings, giving up two runs and six hits.

After what Gardenhire called a "flop" in his last start, Anthony Swarzak came back with a six strong innings for the Twins, allowing two runs on nine hits.

Notes

  • Minnesota C Drew Butera's RBI single in the fifth inning snapped a personal 0-for-21 stretch. It was the first hit by a Twins catcher since Sept. 9, a string of 27 at-bats.
  • Seattle OF Casper Wells (nose) was going to see a doctor Thursday to further diagnose what is giving him sinus trouble. He's expected to be with the team this weekend for a series at Texas.
  • Minnesota OF Denard Span (concussion) sat out after playing Wednesday for the first time since Aug. 13. Span told trainer Rick McWane he would prepare to play in Friday's game at Cleveland. ... The Mariners took their 13th walk-off loss of the season, setting a club record.
  • Seattle LHP Anthony Vasquez (1-4, 8.25) will be making his sixth career start on Friday in the opener at Texas. Vasquez lasted just three-plus innings in his last start also against Texas. He gave up five runs and seven hits and allowed home runs to Adrian Beltre, Josh Hamilton and Elvis Andrus.
  • Minnesota RHP Carl Pavano (8-13, 4.40) will make Friday's start for the Twins in Cleveland. Pavano has lost his last two starts, including Sept. 18 against the Indians when he gave four runs -- one earned -- in 6 2/3 innings. Pavano is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in four starts against Cleveland this season.
 
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Rookie Rene Tosoni (No. 23) is the hero after lifting Minnesota to only its second win in 17 games. (Getty Images)
Rookie Rene Tosoni (No. 23) is the hero after lifting Minnesota to only its second win in 17 games. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

R. Tosoni
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Seattle

J. Smoak
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4111003 .274
Luis Rodriguez, SS4010112 .202
    Alex Liddi, 3B0000000 .167
Dustin Ackley, 2B4020112 .283
Mike Carp, 1B5010005 .288
Justin Smoak, DH4031012 .237
    Wily Mo Pena, PR-DH1000001 .211
Kyle Seager, 3B-SS3010003 .265
Trayvon Robinson, LF-CF3000011 .224
Chris Gimenez, C-LF3120101 .180
Michael Saunders, CF3010011 .155
   a- Miguel Olivo, PH-C1010000 .226
Totals35213235  
a-singled for Saunders in the 8th
Batting
2B - Justin Smoak (24, Swarzak)
SF - Ichiro Suzuki (4)
SH - Kyle Seager (2), Trayvon Robinson (3)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (46), Justin Smoak (51)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Smoak (24)
SB - Dustin Ackley (6, 2nd base off Nathan/Rivera), Kyle Seager (2, 3rd base off Swarzak/Butera), Michael Saunders (6, 2nd base off Swarzak/Butera)
CS - Chris Gimenez (1, 2nd base by Swarzak/Butera)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Trayvon Robinson 1
DP - Ackley-Rodriguez-Carp, Ackley-Rodriguez-Carp
E - Mike Carp (6, Misplayed grounder), Trayvon Robinson (5, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blake Beavan 7622040 3.82
Cesar Jimenez 0.1100100 5.06
Steve Delabar (L,1-1) 1.1111200 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Blake Beavan 95-67, Cesar Jimenez 12-4, Steve Delabar 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Blake Beavan 7-9, Cesar Jimenez 1-0, Steve Delabar 2-0
Batters Faced - Blake Beavan 26, Cesar Jimenez 3, Steve Delabar 5
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF4020001 .266
Brian Dinkelman, 2B4000011 .351
Michael Cuddyer, RF4010011 .284
Chris Parmelee, 1B3000101 .388
    Luke Hughes, PR0000000 .227
Danny Valencia, 3B4000012 .244
Trevor Plouffe, SS3100110 .229
Rene Tosoni, DH4231000 .190
Joe Benson, LF3010001 .235
Drew Butera, C2011000 .156
   a- Matt Tolbert, PH0000100 .197
    Rene Rivera, C0000000 .141
Totals3138234  
a-walked for Butera in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rene Tosoni 2 (5, Beavan, Delabar)
RBI - Rene Tosoni (15), Drew Butera (20)
2-OUT RBI - Rene Tosoni (8), Drew Butera (6)
CS - Danny Valencia (6, 2nd base by Delabar/Olivo)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Cuddyer 1
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anthony Swarzak 6922240 4.42
Jose Mijares 1100000 4.28
Glen Perkins 1200110 2.56
Joe Nathan (W,2-1) 1100000 4.64
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Swarzak 97-61, Jose Mijares 14-7, Glen Perkins 20-15, Joe Nathan 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Swarzak 4-8, Glen Perkins 2-0, Joe Nathan 1-2
Batters Faced - Anthony Swarzak 27, Jose Mijares 4, Glen Perkins 6, Joe Nathan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37466
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Clint Fagan, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Adrian Johnson