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Hernandez, M's down Twins

 

Minneapolis,  MN (SportsNetwork.com)  - Felix Hernandez fired eight innings of two-run  ball, Robinson  Cano posted four hits  an RBI and two runs scored and the  Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins, 6-2, in the finale of a three-game set. 

Hernandez  (5-1) fanned  five and  surrendered seven  hits and  a walk,  while Michael  Saunders smacked an  RBI triple among his two RBI and pair of hits to go with a run scored for Seattle, which snapped a four-game losing streak. 

"With  that guy  over there, you have to play perfect baseball,"Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Hernandez. "We didn't do that." 

Ricky  Nolasco (2-4) allowed  three runs on six hits and three walks over five frames for the Twins, who had won five of their last six games coming in. 

The Twins led 2-0  through three innings of play, but Seattle plated a run in the  fourth, two more in the fifth and another in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings to surge ahead. 

Cano  led off the  fourth with a single and after Corey Hart walked, Cano went to  third  on Justin Smoak's  lineout to right.  Kyle Seager then singled into left-center to bring Cano home and cut the deficit to 2-1. 

James  Jones  singled to start the  fifth and stole second before scoring when Saunders  laced a  triple  down  the right-field  line.  Cano plated  Saunders following his double into center for a 3-2 Seattle cushion. 

Saunders hit a sacrifice fly to right in the sixth, Smoak belted an RBI double in  the  seventh and Cano  scored on a  wild pitch in  the ninth to extend the margin to 6-2. 

Earlier,  Trevor  Plouffe's two-run single in  the third staked Minnesota to a 2-0 advantage. 

"I  made  one mistake,"  Hernandez said. "I  left that slider  a little bit up against Plouffe and he got that hit." 

                                   Game Notes 

Cano  extended his  on-base streak to a career high-tying 26 games ... Seattle was 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base, while the Twins finished 1-for-5 with RISP. 

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