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Iwakuma solid as Mariners top Twins

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Hisashi Iwakuma is back on track, and that should create a serious concern for the rest of the American League.

Iwakuma struck out a season-high 10 in seven strong innings, Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders hit solo home runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Monday night.

Iwakuma (7-4) has not allowed an earned run to the Twins in five career starts, which spans 33 2-3 innings.

"My body, physically, I'm feeling really good right now. My arm feels better, too," said Iwakuma, who started the season on the disabled list and then dealt with neck soreness in June. "Just keeping the ball down and moving to both sides of the plate has helped me a lot."

After allowing a combined 10 runs in two consecutive starts to close out June, Iwakuma has given up just one in his two outings in July.

"He's got great stuff," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You watch it up there and he doesn't really throw the same thing anytime. His ball moves all over the place and his back-door fastball against right-handers when he gets ahead, he can paint. He's got a great breaking ball, they keep saying it's like a Frisbee."

Danny Farquhar bridged the gap to the ninth with a scoreless inning of relief and Fernando Rodney pitched the final frame for his American League-leading 26th save in 28 chances.

Kevin Correia (4-11) was credited for the loss despite allowing only five hits in seven innings. It was the fourth time in the last five starts that the right-hander has left the game with no run support, and the sixth time this season the Twins have not been able to score a run for him.

"I still want to win some games here, but when we scored some runs early in the season, I wasn't able to take advantage of it, and now I'm pitching well and we're not scoring as often," Correia said. "Hopefully two and two will come together and I'll be able to turn it around."

The Twins struggled just to put the ball in play, tying a season high by striking out 14 times.

Minnesota put runners on second and third with one out in the seventh after Kendrys Morales singled and Oswaldo Arcia doubled, half of the four hits Iwakuma allowed on the night. Iwakuma got a groundout to third and a strikeout to end the threat.

"My feeling was it was his ballgame to lose," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of leaving Iwakuma in the tough situation. "He's a veteran, he's been pitching well. Pitch count was manageable. I just felt that he should have that opportunity to decide (the outcome)."

Correia faced additional trouble after Zunino's 396-foot blast to left field in the second as Dustin Ackley singled and advanced on Brad Miller's one-out walk. Correia was able to retire the next two batters, though, to avoid further damage.

Saunders' sixth home run of the year was nearly caught by Sam Fuld, but the ball tipped off the top of the center fielder's glove as he slammed into the fence.

The shutout continues a strong run by Mariners pitching, in which the staff has allowed three runs in 29 innings.

Notes

Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said there are no updates on 1B Joe Mauer (oblique strain) and INF Danny Santana (bone bruise in left knee), although both are progressing fine. ... Manager Lloyd McClendon said the Mariners have not decided who will start Thursday's game against the Twins. McClendon also said the scheduled starters for the weekend series against the Oakland Athletics -- RHP Felix Hernandez, RHP Taijuan Walker and RHP Hisashi Iwakuma -- is not set in stone. ... The Mariners send RHP Chris Young to the mound Tuesday to face RHP Phil Hughes of the Twins.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

M. Saunders
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Seattle

H. Iwakuma
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 10
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B4010030 .234
Eduardo Escobar, SS4000021 .264
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4000031 .242
Kendrys Morales, 1B3010001 .219
   Chris Parmelee, PR-1B1000010 .260
Josh Willingham, LF4000012 .217
Oswaldo Arcia, RF3020011 .224
Chris Colabello, DH3000023 .241
Sam Fuld, CF3000013 .238
Eric Fryer, C2000000 .158
   a-Kurt Suzuki, PH-C1000000 .305
Kevin Correia, P0000000 .000
   Brian Duensing, P0000000 .000
Totals32040014  
a-grounded out for Fryer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Oswaldo Arcia (6, Iwakuma)
Team LOB - 5
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kevin Correia (L,4-11) 7522312 4.79
Brian Duensing 1000020 2.62
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 102-59, Brian Duensing 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 6-14, Brian Duensing 1-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 29, Brian Duensing 3
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Saunders, RF3111102 .266
James Jones, CF4010003 .279
Robinson Cano, 2B3010100 .320
Corey Hart, DH4000014 .203
Kyle Seager, 3B4000022 .271
Logan Morrison, 1B3000000 .243
Mike Zunino, C3111000 .217
Dustin Ackley, LF3010000 .232
Brad Miller, SS2000100 .207
Hisashi Iwakuma, P0000000 .000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
Totals2925233  
Batting
HR - Michael Saunders (6, Correia), Mike Zunino (13, Correia)
RBI - Michael Saunders (28), Mike Zunino (34)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Saunders (9)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Logan Morrison (2, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hisashi Iwakuma (W,7-4) 74000100 3.07
Danny Farquhar (H,9) 1000020 2.61
Fernando Rodney (S,26) 1000020 2.04
Pitches-Strikes - Hisashi Iwakuma 105-72, Danny Farquhar 11-9, Fernando Rodney 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisashi Iwakuma 6-6, Danny Farquhar 1-0
Batters Faced - Hisashi Iwakuma 26, Danny Farquhar 3, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18562
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Gabe Morales, Third Base - Dale Scott