Mariners vs. Twins chase more late game heroics

minnesota twins will take a four-game winning streak into their Tuesday night game against the seattle mariners in minneapolis

To win five in a row, the American League Central leaders would have to find a way to get past All-Star right-hander George Kirby, the last pitcher to beat them.

Kirby (9-8, 3.23 ERA) limited Twins Four hits while striking out 10 and walking no one over seven innings in a 5-0 win at Seattle on Thursday

Seattle manager Scott Servais said, “Awesome outing.” “He’s not afraid. He loves competition. I think that’s evident more than anything else when you watch him pitch. He just likes to say, ‘Do it, I’ll give you my best.’ And he usually ends up on the right side of things.”

Minnesota came back over the weekend to win in three games over the visiting Chicago White Sox and then rallied for a 4–3, 10-inning victory in the series opener on Monday. mariners

Right-hander Pablo López (5-6, 4.22), who joined Kirby on the AL All-Star team, will look to make it five in a row. Twins, who is a Major League best 9–2 since the All-Star break. He took the loss after allowing two runs on six hits over five innings in Thursday’s contest in Seattle. he walked twice, scoring seven runs

Minnesota goes into the game with a four-game lead over the Cleveland Guardians in the AL Central, matching their largest margin of the season. Twins Has six games over .500, also matching a single-season best

Minnesota fell behind 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth on Monday when Kolten Wong delivered a two-run, pinch-hit, go-ahead homer with two outs in the top of the frame off Griffin Jacques.

TwinsAfter falling behind 3-0 in the ninth inning to beat the White Sox 5-4 in 12 innings on Sunday, AL Player of the Week Alex Kirilloff and Max Kepler hit back-to-back doubles on Monday to force Andres Munoz into extra innings.

george lopez retired mariners In order at the top of the 10th. Christian Vazquez then advanced to third on automatic runner Donovan Solano to start the bottom of the inning against Paul Seewald. After Ryan Jeffers reached base on another bunt, Carlos Correa singled to right off Solano to earn Minnesota’s fourth consecutive come-from-behind win.

“I know (Seewald) catches his fastball a lot, so I’m just trying to hit a low line drive somewhere and put the ball in play and good things will happen,” Correa said after his 10th career walk-off hit. “So that’s where it happened and we got the win.”

It was the fourth consecutive one-run game for Seattle, who is 2–2 in that span.

Servais said, “It’s amazing to have a comeback effort like that late in the game.” “Unfortunately we didn’t really do much early on. Tough way to start the road trip.”

Despite Wong’s heroics, Seattle fell back to .500 at the 100-game mark with the loss. The 357-foot home run, which landed in the flower box in front of the right field overhang, was the second of the season for Wong, who is batting just .162.

“Huge blowout by Colten,” Servais said. “It hasn’t been an easy year for them. To step up to that spot and move up like that, it was amazing to see it, but losing the ballgame was frustrating.”

–Field Level Media