Mariners scored 10 runs in the seventh, beat Twins

KP WeeSenior Writer IAugust 4, 2008

The Seattle Mariners scored 10 runs on Monday night... in one inning.

Incredible, but true.

Trailing 6-1, Seattle scored 10 times in the seventh inning and handed the Minnesota Twins a rare defeat.

The Mariners won 11-6.

For the first few innings, it looked as though the Twins would blow out the Mariners and move a game up on the idle Chicago White Sox atop the AL Central.

Instead, thanks to Seattle's big inning, Minnesota and Chicago are now tied. The White Sox are 61-49, while the Twins fell to 62-50.

Things started out well for Minnesota, as Mike Lamb and Justin Morneau doubled home runs, Nick Punto homered, and Delmon Young and Brian Buscher hit sacrifice flies.

The Twins were up 6-zip.

All the damage came against Mariners starter Miguel Batista, who hasn't won as a starter since May 11th.

And it looked bad again for Batista, who gave up six runs, four walks, and seven hits in his three-plus innings.

Yet, Batista avoided what would have been his 12th loss.

The Twins threatened again in the sixth, but Morneau was thrown out at home trying to score from second on a single.

Seattle, down 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth, loaded the bases with none out. Jose Vidro hit a double play ball that broke Twins starter Glen Perkins' shutout.

But Raul Ibanez's grand slam in the seventh cut the deficit to 6-5, before a slew of RBI singles gave the Mariners the lead and ran up the score.

Seattle's bullpen deserves full marks, as four relievers came through with six shutout innings, and the last nine Twins were retired in order to end the game.

Meanwhile, the Twins' Perkins was raked for five runs on 12 hits in 6.1 innings.

For now, Minnesota and Chicago are tied in the Central. Will the Twins' young pitching carry Minnesota the rest of the way? How will they handle the pressure of a pennant race?