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Santana wins as Twins hold on for sweep of Mariners

Apr 20, 2007 - 3:42 AM Johan Santana handed the bullpen a nice cushion, and the pen needed it.

Santana pitched seven strong innings and Michael Cuddyer delivered a clutch double in the seventh before the Minnesota Twins held on for a 6-5 victory and their first three-game series sweep in Seattle since 1996.

Sitting comfortably in the dugout with a 5-2 lead, Santana and the Twins received a major scare when Pat Neshek surrendered a two-out, three-run homer to Raul Ibanez in the ninth before closer Joe Nathan allowed a double to Richie Sexson. The righthander regrouped, striking out Jose Guillen swinging for his fifth save.

"A good win and a good series for us," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Johan was Johan. He pitched very well. We got into a little bit of trouble there at the end. Neshek couldn't get through his inning, but Nathan came in and closed the door. We got it done and that's all that matters."

Santana (3-1) yielded a two-out RBI single to left field by Ibanez in the first and a third-inning homer to Yuniesky Betancourt. The lefthander finished with one earned run, four hits and a walk. Seattle did not leave a runner on base against the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

Santana rebounded from a rare home loss last Sunday to Tampa Bay, but he said he didn't let that affect him this time out.

"When you lose a game there are not many things you can do," Santana said. "You just learn from what happened. Even though we had some opportunities early in the game to score runs, I didn't give up. I waited for my teammates to get something going and that's what happened and that's why we got this win."

Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said it was a case of too much Santana and too little offense.

"We just couldn't generate any offense at all off Santana," Hargrove said. "But, there are a lot of clubs that he does that to."

After Minnesota started the seventh frame with two bunt hits, a sacrifice and an intentional walk against Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn (0-2), Julio Mateo relieved and Cuddyer bounced a double off the left field wall, plating two runners for a 3-2 edge. Mike Redmond followed with a bloop down the right field line, scoring two more to open up the contest.

"The batter that hurt us the most was Cuddyer," Hargrove said. "He (Mateo) hung two sliders. The first one he missed it and the second one he didn't miss."

Washburn was tagged for four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"I had a rough seventh inning there," Washburn said. "The guy (Jason Bartlett) led off with a perfect bunt down the third base line. And the next guy (Alexei Casilla), we knew he was bunting and you can't bunt it any more perfect than he did. That created problems right away and I just didn't get it done."

Minnesota second baseman Luis Castillo left in the fifth inning with a left quad strain.

Casilla and 2006 American League MVP Justin Morneau had two hits each for the Twins, who have won their last four road games by a combined 25-12 score.






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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 6 13 1
    SEATTLE 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 7 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIN - JOHAN SANTANA, JESSE CRAIN (8TH), PAT NESHEK (9TH), JOE NATHAN
    (9TH) AND JOE MAUER
    SEA - JARROD WASHBURN, JULIO MATEO (7TH), GEORGE
    SHERRILL (7TH), CHRIS REI

    Apr 19 9:22 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY RAUL IBANEZ (1) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF PAT NESHEK SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI AND JOSE VIDRO.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6, SEATTLE 5
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R SEXSON (.200, 0-FOR-3)

    Twins vs. MarinersApr 19 9:15 PM
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    MINNESOTA 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 6 10 1
    SEATTLE 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 1 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIN - JOHAN SANTANA
    SEA - GEORGE SHERRILL

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J VIDRO (.273, 1-FOR-2)
    R IBANEZ (.220, 1-FOR-2, RBI)
    R SEXSON (.206, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 19 8:30 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE REDMOND SCORED JOE MAUER AND MICHAEL
    CUDDYER.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M REDMOND ON FIRST, J MORNEAU ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 5
    SEATTLE 2 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J RABE (.154, 1-FOR-3)

    Twins vs. MarinersApr 19 8:25 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MICHAEL CUDDYER SCORED JASON BARTLETT AND ALEXI
    CASILLA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M CUDDYER ON SECOND, J MAUER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 3
    SEATTLE 2 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J MORNEAU (.278, 1-FOR-3)

    Twins vs. MarinersApr 19 8:22 PM


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    MINNESOTA AT SEATTLE
    NOTE: MINNESOTA SECOND BASEMAN LUIS CASTILLO LEFT THE GAME
    IN THE TOP OF THE FIFTH INNING WITH AN UNDISCLOSED INJURY.

    Apr 19 7:45 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: A Casilla ran for L Castillo.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, A CASILLA ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    SEATTLE 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: N Punto (.150, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 19 7:42 PM


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    MINNESOTA 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
    SEATTLE 1 0 1 0 2 4 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIN - JOHAN SANTANA
    SEA - JARROD WASHBURN

    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: L CASTILLO (.259, 0-FOR-2)
    N PUNTO (.150, 1-FOR-2)
    J MAUER (.340, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Apr 19 7:39 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT (2) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF JOHAN SANTANA.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1, SEATTLE 2
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.265, 1 HR, 2 RBI)

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    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIN - JOHAN SANTANA
    SEA - JARROD WASHBURN

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R SEXSON (.219, 3 HR, 11 RBI)
    J GUILLEN (.200, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
    K JOHJIMA (.414, 0 HR, 2 RBI

    Apr 19 7:06 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON TYNER SCORED JUSTIN MORNEAU.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J TYNER ON FIRST, J RABE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 1
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J BARTLETT (.216, 0 HR, 3 RBI)

    Twins vs. MarinersApr 19 7:05 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAUL IBANEZ SCORED JOSE VIDRO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, 0 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 0
    SEATTLE 1 END BOTTOM, 1ST

    Twins vs. MarinersApr 19 6:58 PM