Minnesota at Seattle

Minnesota (41-49) «140300000890
Seattle (49-42)0000001001121

Twins 8, Mariners 1

CBSSports.com wire reports

SEATTLE -- Kendrys Morales knocked in three runs and Kyle Gibson pitched six shutout innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-1 rout of the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

Chris Colabello hit a two-run double, Brian Dozier scored twice and the Twins put up eight runs in the first four innings to chase an ineffective Roenis Elias (7-8). The rookie lasted a career-low 3 1/3 innings, yielding seven runs -- six earned -- and seven hits with three walks.

Gibson (8-7) allowed multiple baserunners in three innings and only retired the side in order once. But he worked around seven hits and a walk, rebounding from a rough outing against the Yankees.

It was the seventh time this season that Gibson did not permit a run.

Caleb Thielbar, Jared Burton and Matt Guerrier finished up for Gibson, who gave up six runs (five earned) and six hits in two innings of a 6-5 loss to New York last Friday.

After scoring once in the first, the Twins broke the game open with a four-run second. Minnesota added three more in the fourth to end Elias' night.

Robinson Cano drove in Seattle's run in the seventh with a double down the left-field line that scored Brad Miller.

The Mariners had 12 hits but stranded 12 and went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Seattle entered hitless in its last 22 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

With the Mariners planning to use a reliever to start Thursday's game, manager Lloyd McClendon had little choice but to let Elias attempt to pitch out of his own mess in the second. The result was, the first five Twins reached base safely.

By the time Eduardo Nunez popped out, Colabello had already driven in a pair with a double, and Sam Fuld had an RBI single. Morales added another run with a sacrifice fly before Elias got out of the inning.

Thanks in part to a two-run error by first baseman Logan Morrison, Elias wasn't able to escape the fourth, forcing the Mariners to rely on three relievers to close out the game.


Minnesota RHP Kris Johnson will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start Friday in Colorado. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the team will announce a corresponding move Thursday night or Friday morning. ... Gardenhire said SS Danny Santana (bone bruise in his left knee) will not join the team before the All-Star break and will go on a rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list. ... The Mariners have reset their weekend rotation after RHP Taijuan Walker was sent to Triple-A Tacoma. RHP Felix Hernandez will start Friday against AL West-leading Oakland and will be followed by RHP Hisashi Iwakuma and RHP Chris Young. ... RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, normally a reliever, will start Thursday's series finale against Twins RHP Yohan Pino.

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Players of the Game

R. Cano
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

C. Colabello
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Minnesota Twins
Brian Dozier, 2B5220002 .235
Eduardo Nunez, SS5110023 .302
Trevor Plouffe, 3B3100211 .239
Kendrys Morales, DH4013000 .230
Josh Willingham, LF2001103 .215
   Chris Parmelee, LF1000010 .258
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4100132 .213
Kurt Suzuki, C4120001 .303
   Eric Fryer, C0000000 .158
Chris Colabello, 1B4122011 .249
Sam Fuld, CF2111212 .256
Kyle Gibson, P0000000 .250
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000 .000
   Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
2B - Brian Dozier 2 (14, Elias), Kendrys Morales (7, Elias), Chris Colabello (13, Elias)
SF - Kendrys Morales (2), Josh Willingham (4)
RBI - Kendrys Morales 3 (14), Josh Willingham (25), Chris Colabello 2 (36), Sam Fuld (15)
2-OUT RBI - Kendrys Morales (3)
Team LOB - 7
Minnesota Twins
Kyle Gibson (W,8-7) 6700130 3.92
Caleb Thielbar 1311020 2.97
Jared Burton 1100000 5.00
Matt Guerrier 1100000 2.52
WP - Kyle Gibson (5), Matt Guerrier (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Gibson 91-55, Caleb Thielbar 33-20, Jared Burton 15-9, Matt Guerrier 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Gibson 7-8, Jared Burton 1-2, Matt Guerrier 2-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Gibson 26, Caleb Thielbar 6, Jared Burton 4, Matt Guerrier 4
Seattle Mariners
Endy Chavez, LF5020001 .252
James Jones, CF5010012 .281
Robinson Cano, 2B5031012 .323
Kyle Seager, 3B4020103 .274
Logan Morrison, 1B4000016 .235
Corey Hart, DH4010000 .206
Michael Saunders, RF4020011 .276
Mike Zunino, C2000011 .213
   Jesus Sucre, C2000002 .000
Brad Miller, SS4110002 .205
Roenis Elias, P0000000 .000
   Stephen Pryor, P0000000 .000
   Dominic Leone, P0000000 .000
   Brandon Maurer, P0000000 .000
2B - Robinson Cano (21, Thielbar)
RBI - Robinson Cano (52)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (12)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Seager-Morrison
E - Logan Morrison (3, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Mike Zunino (3)
Seattle Mariners
Roenis Elias (L,7-8) 3.1776330 4.54
Stephen Pryor 1.2110210 0.00
Dominic Leone 1.1000130 1.88
Brandon Maurer 2.2100020 5.79
IBB - Plouffe by Roenis Elias
WP - Stephen Pryor (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Roenis Elias 83-51, Stephen Pryor 35-17, Dominic Leone 23-16, Brandon Maurer 34-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roenis Elias 2-5, Stephen Pryor 2-2, Brandon Maurer 4-2
Batters Faced - Roenis Elias 20, Stephen Pryor 8, Dominic Leone 5, Brandon Maurer 9
Game Information
Attendance - 16460
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Gabe Morales, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Kerwin Danley