MLB: Seattle 5, Minnesota 4

Sept. 22, 2011 at 12:24 AM
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MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Trayvon Robinson's two-run single gave Seattle the lead in a three-run seventh inning Wednesday and the Mariners fought off Minnesota 5-4.

The Twins lost their 11th straight game and have dropped 16 out of 17. The late-season swoon has brought Minnesota within five losses of 100, something the franchise has not suffered through in 29 years.

Minnesota starter Kevin Slowey (0-7) did not allow a hit through 5 2/3 innings, but gave up run-scoring doubles in the sixth to Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley that rallied the Mariners from a 2-0 deficit. Seattle moved in front an inning later.

Justin Smoak opened the seventh with a single and went to second on a single by Miguel Olivo, and both runners moved up on a sacrifice by Adam Kennedy. Robinson came through with his two-out single that broke the tie and he then scored on a double by Ichiro Suzuki.

Cesar Jimenez (1-0) earned his first major league win in his third season with 1 1/3 innings of relief. Brandon League gave up a run on three hits in the ninth, but still collected his 36th save.

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