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Mariners 4, Twins 2 --- postgame notes

BOX SCORE

I don't know what to make of the win. First of all, the game seemed to drag at time. The Mariners went 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position in the series -- and yet they won two of three against a pretty good team in the Twins.

Why?

Well, Seattle pitchers also held the combo of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau to 3-for-23 in the series.

Manager Don Wakamatsu used Garrett Olson on Saturday and Sunday to pitch to the duo in middle inning situations - like you would with a lefty specialist. Olson held them hitless.

"For two days in a row to have trust in Olson to face the heart of their order and for him to do what he did is phenomenal," Wakamatsu said.

Could this be a future role for Olson? Maybe. But at least Wakamatsu knows he can use him in that situation if needed.

"After what he did the last two days, if I don't have the belief system I don't know who will," Wakamatsu said.

Still, Olson isn't a classic left on left guy and his versatility and ability to spot start is important.

Some of may wonder why Sean White got the closing duties instead of Mark Lowe, who Wak said would close before the game. Well, Wak saw Morneau and Mauer most likely coming up in the ninth and he decided to use White, who's change-up and movement on his fastball are a little bit better against lefties.

A few other things ...

Mr. C.B. Bucknor and his floating strike zone didn't have many fans in either clubhouse. Nobody would comment directly.

"I don't think (Erik) had much help there and I think it bothered a little bit on a few of the close calls," Wakamatsu said.

"A couple of those were pretty close," catcher Jamie Burke said. "That's the way this game goes, you just can't get discouraged, you just have to focus on the next pitch."

And Bedard?

"It wasn't bad," he said, not wanting to discuss it further.

Well, I thought Bucknor was bad, but he was at least bad for both teams.

Wakamatsu was asked if Yuniesky Betancourt would start on Tuesday, and he replied, "I haven't decided on that yet."

TWINS NOTES:

&bull The Twins are now 5-14 in day games this season…have lost 11 of their last 18 games overall.

&bull Brendan Harris went 1x3 and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games with a double in the in the 6th inning…during the streak he is hitting .348 (16x46) with 3 runs, 5 doubles, a home run and 2 RBI.

&bull Kevin Slowey snapped a 4-game win streak, allowing a season-high 3 home runs today…5 of 12 home runs allowed this season have come against the Mariners…of 35 runs allowed this season, 16 have been via home run (46%).

&bull Denard Span had his first hit of the series, a leadoff single in the 1st inning, going 2x4 for the day…Span has now hit safely in 13 of last 18 games, going 23x69 (.333) with a double, 3 home runs and 6 RBI.

&bull Joe Mauer went 1x4 With a double in the 4th inning and a run scored…in 39 career games vs. Seattle, Mauer has a career average of .396 (57x144) with 16 doubles, 5 home runs, and 25 RBI.

&bull The Twins did not commit an error today for the 43rd time this season (58 games). They have committed just 2 errors in their last 10 games and lead the American League in fewest errors with just 21.

MARINERS NOTES:

&bull Seattle has won each of last 3 series (MIN, BAL, LAA) and 4 of last 5 (SF)...is now 9-6 in their last 15 games.

&bull Seattle and Minnesota finished their season series at 5-5...Seattle pitching held Minnesota to 2 runs or less in 5 of those, including all 3 at Safeco Field for a 1.29 ERA (4 ER, 28.0 IP) at home.

&bull Mariners hit season-high-tying 3 home runs (last: 5/13 at TEX) with solo shots from Branyan, Lopez, Jamie Burke.

&bull Erik Bedard earned his first career victory against the Twins, they were the only American League team that he had yet to defeat, he had been winless in 9 career starts and was 0-5 with a 4.80 ERA (24 ER, 45.0 IP)…has now allowed

2 earned runs or less in his last 7 consecutive starts at home and for the 12th time in 13 games.

&bull Sean White recorded his first Major League save, and extended his streak to 16.0 scoreless innings, 3rd in the AL.

&bull Russell Branyan hit his team-leading 13th home run of the season to score the first run of the game in the first inning.

Branyan went 2x4 today and now has a hit in 20 of 25 home games (.333/28x84)

&bull Catcher Jamie Burke, after being selected from Triple-ATacoma this morning, collected 2 hits, including the 3rd home run of his career in the 5th inning, going 2x4 today.

&bull Ichiro Suzuki went 2x4 and has at least 1 hit in 35 of his last 38 games (.372/61x164) and has reached base safely in 37 consecutive games, the longest active streak for any player in the American League.

&bull Adrian Beltre went 2x4 with a run scored…he is tied with Russell Branyan for 2nd most multi-hit games this season with 15 (Ichiro – 23)…Beltre is batting .353 (24x68) with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, and 10 RBI over his last 16 games.

&bull Jose Lopez went 3x5 with an RBI double in the 3rd and home run in the 5th…has 5 three-hit games this season... has 9 extra-base hits in last 13 games and 2 multi-extra base hits in last 5 games, ranks among best in American League.

&bull Seattle was 0x13 with runners in scoring position the last two days, but has won both games.

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