Perez wins 6th game as Twins dump Mariners
SEATTLE -- Ehire Adrianza homered, Max Kepler had two hits and three RBIs, and Martin Perez allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings to pick up his sixth win of the season and lead the visiting Minnesota Twins to a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, May 17.
It was the fourth straight victory for the Twins, who have also won five in a row on the road. Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-5 and scored two runs, and Adrianza finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Perez (6-1), who left his previous start, a 5-3 loss to Detroit on Sunday, after taking a comebacker off his left foot, walked four and struck out seven to improve to 3-0 on the road this season.
Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and Dee Gordon also had two hits for Seattle, which lost for the 14th time in its last 18 games.
Encarnacion's ground-rule double to right-center in the first inning was the 350th of his career, joining Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera as the only active major league players with both 350 career homers and doubles, making him the 74th player in MLB history to accomplish the feat.
Marco Gonzales (5-3) took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks over five innings.
Gonzales retired the first seven batters he faced before Adrianza gave the Twins a 1-0 lead with his third home run of the season, a 414-foot drive to left.
The Twins increased their lead to 3-0 in fourth when they opened the inning with fourth consecutive singles. Kepler drove in the first run with a bases-loaded single to center, and one out later, Adrianza drove in the other with a sacrifice fly.
Minnesota loaded the bases again in the fifth on singles by Jorge Polanco and Gonzalez and a walk to C.J. Cron. Willians Astudillo then drove in Polanco with a sacrifice fly, and Kepler followed with a two-run single to center to make it 6-0.
The Mariners cut it to 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out RBI single by Encarnacion, driving in Gordon, who had singled and advanced to second on a walk to Mitch Haniger.
The Twins added an insurance run in the ninth on a two-out RBI double by Jonathan Schoop, which drove in Adrianza, who had singled.