July 27, 2013 in Sports

Twins tie it in ninth, beat Mariners in 13th inning

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M’s Felix Hernandez was ecstatic over an inning-ending double play in the eighth.
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SEATTLE – Chris Colabello hit his first career home run, a two-run shot in the 13th inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Friday night.

Mariners starter Felix Hernandez was two outs from a shutout and his first complete game of the season, but Trevor Plouffe’s pinch-hit single in the top of the ninth tied it at 1.

Runs were hard to come by for both teams until the Mariners’ Yoervis Medina (3-3) entered in the 13th. Aaron Hicks led off with a single and Colabello — playing in his 14th major league game — followed with a two-run homer to right field.

Kendrys Morales led off the bottom of the 13th with his 16th homer, but Glen Perkins closed it out for his 25th save.

Brian Duensing (3-1) pitched two innings for the win.

The Twins ruined Hernandez’s shutout bid when Pedro Florimon led off the ninth with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Plouffe’s single.

Plouffe’s hit ended Hernandez’s stretch of 24 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, and 32 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings against the Twins.

The only scoring chance Minnesota had in the first eight innings came early, as Brian Dozier led off the game with a single and advanced to third on two groundouts. Hernandez struck out Ryan Doumit looking and only one other Twins player would reach scoring position until the ninth inning.

The game was scoreless until the Mariners broke through in the fifth inning.

Nick Franklin drove home Brendan Ryan with a two-out single up the middle to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.

The Mariners were the first team to get a runner in scoring position in extra innings, as Endy Chavez and Franklin hit two-out singles in the 12th, but Raul Ibanez struck out to end the threat.

Zunino put on DL

Seattle placed C Mike Zunino on the 15-day DL because of a broken bone in his left hand. Zunino will undergo surgery next week and the expected recovery time is six weeks. To help replace Zunino, Seattle signed free agent catcher Humberto Quintero, who was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Wednesday.

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