Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
Seattle Mariners
Sports >  Seattle Mariners

Nelson Cruz, Bailey Ober lift Twins over Mariners 7-2

UPDATED: Wed., June 16, 2021

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Justus Sheffield waits as Minnesota Twins' Nelson Cruz runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Seattle.  (Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Justus Sheffield waits as Minnesota Twins' Nelson Cruz runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Seattle. (Associated Press)
By Tim Booth Associated Press

SEATTLE — Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer against his former team, rookie starter Bailey Ober struck out six and the Minnesota Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 on Wednesday night.

Cruz’s second-deck shot to left field in the fifth inning made it 6-0 and helped snap the Twins’ three-game losing streak. It was his 431st career home run, moving him into a tie with Lou Gehrig at 49th on the career list. Ryan Jeffers followed with a solo homer two batters later.

Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson left after scoring in the first inning with right calf tenderness — he’s dealt with recurring calf issues the past two seasons. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons was also injured, leaving after the fourth with a left ankle sprain. The team said both are day to day.

Jorge Polanco led off the game with a double against Mariners starter Justus Sheffield (5-6) and had three hits and three runs by the fifth inning, all against the left-hander.

Ober, a 6-foot-9 right-hander who is on a pitch limit because he did not play last season as a minor leaguer, gave up one hit over four innings with no walks, helping snap Seattle’s three-game winning streak. He threw 63 pitches.

Reliever Caleb Thielbar (1-0) won on the day he returned to the bullpen from the 10-day injured list. Twins pitchers struck out the Mariners 11 times.

Shed Long Jr. and Ty France had RBI singles for Seattle.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the sports newsletter

Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.