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Mariners 2, Twins 1 --- postgame notes

BOX SCORE

Here's my game story.

Columnist Dave Boling was also at the game and filed this column on Jarrod Washburn.

Not much to say, it's late and most of the stuff was covered in either my story or Dave's column.

One thing -- if you were looking for quotes from Junior on his game winning hit, you won't get any. He was long gone when we got in there. And if you notice, Junior is rarely quoted when he delivers game winning hits and key homers in wins. He doesn't usually prefer to talk about them. He's more apt to speak when the team is struggling. When the team wins, he wants others to get some glory. Understandable.

He talked to me before the game and guaranteed he could still dunk a basketball with ease, he just can't deliver the reverse dunk.

Also, Ryan Rowland-Smith hinted to some other reporters that he probably won't start in Baltimore on Thursday and instead do another rehab start. I don't know that it will make a difference either way. I understand his frustration and there is no more genuine guy in the Mariners organization than RRS. But he needs to be patient with his return, even though I know it is tough for him to be patient. I respect the fact that he wants to go out and pitch and compete.

GAME NOTES

TWINS NOTES:

&bull Nick Blackburn took the no decision after winning his last 3 starts…hasn't lost since May 5 @DET…over his last 4 outings, has allowed just 4 ER in 27.0 IP (1.48 ERA)… in 12 starts this season, 8 have been quality while allowing 1 ER or less in 5 of 12 starts this year.

&bull Brendan Harris extended his hitting streak to a career-high, 11-games with a single in the in the 2nd inning…during the streak he is hitting .349 (15x43) with 3 runs, 4 doubles, a home run and 2 RBI.

&bull Joe Crede scored the first run of the game and went 2x4, tying his season-high for hits…his 8th multi-hit game on the season.

MARINERS NOTES:

&bull Jarrod Washburn recorded his 2nd-highest strikeout total this season (6) while throwing his 8th quality start… along with Felix Hernandez, leads the M's in quality starts…over his last 3 outings, has allowed just 2 runs in 19.0 innings (0.95 ERA)…now allowed 2 ER or less in 8 of his 11 starts…against Minnesota this season, he remains 1-0, but drops his season ERA against the Twins to 0.64.

&bull Washburn and the M's got out of a 1-out bases loaded jam in the 3rd, striking out Justin Morneau and catching Delmon Young, attempting to advance from 3rd to home on a pitch that got away from the catcher (no PB or WP).

&bull After having his team-record, 27 game hit streak snapped on Friday, Ichiro went back to hitting… going 3x4, including a 2-out, RBI double in the 5th as well as scoring the go ahead run in the 8th… had his 23rd multi-hit game, 7th with 3 or more hits on the year…has now safely reached base in 36 consecutive games, the longest streak in the AL this season… Nationals R. Zimmerman has longest streak in ML this season (43).

&bull Ken Griffey Jr. doubled in Ichiro for the go-ahead run in the 8th inning… has 5 extra base hits in his last 4 starts.

&bull David Aardsma made his 28th appearance on the season, tied for the AL lead… recorded his 9th save… is 9-for-10 in save opportunities…allowed runs in just 1 of his last 18 outings (18.0 IP, 3 ER, 22 K).

&bull Saturday's win was the 15th come from behind win for The Mariners, their 9th since the start of May.

&bull The Seattle bullpen has allowed only 1 earned run in their last 5 games spanning 14.1 innings (0.63 ERA).

&bull Seattle held the Twins to 1 run today...they have held opponents to 1 run or less in 10 games this season, including 3 against the Twins.

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