SEATTLE – Reliever Matt Magills' 82 mph slider morphed into Mike Zuninos' walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th, and the Twins' offensive crumbled in extra innings as Minnesota hit 4-3 against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night fell. 19659002] Zunino's two-disc bomb bouncing off the upper deck railing came after Magill threw Ryon Healy and Ben Gamel out of the race to start the 12th.
It was the fifth time this season that the Twins were lost on a walk. off homer
"Most of our bullpen did a good job," said manager Paul Molitor. "Unfortunately, we made a mistake with the slider, and Zunino crushed it."
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Minnesota scattered eight goals in the night and stroked 12 times.
Midfielder Byron Buxton had a moment of shock and left the game in the sixth inning with a laceration over his eye after trying to give the green light to Nelson Cruz (19659002) "Luckily he tested in pretty good shape when considering he hit the wall as hard as he did, "Molitor said. "Aside from being really angry tomorrow, I think he'll be fine." 196500002 Buxton's back slammed against the wall, and he fell to the ground, rolled onto his back, and stayed for a few minutes lie motionless. He finally left with a coach and did not return.
"I do not think he was particularly stable when I came out there, as far as balance and everything," Molitor said. "The wind was knocked out of it a bit."
One of the lone bright spots for the second night in a row was right-fielder Max Kepler, who went 2-for-5 with a run, a doubles and an RBI.
Kepler gave the Twins a 1: 0 lead with his RBI double on the right-hand field line to second-place Brian Dozier in second place. Sano's pop-up on the warning lane in the middle allowed Kepler himself to mark and reach the third base.
Eduardo Rosario then smoked an RBI double in the first baseline, past a diving Healy to get Kepler from third position and bring the Twins to 2-0
"Kep had another good night" said Molitor. "We played the first run after Dozier prevailed and then (Rosario) with a drawn infield he got one through the first baseman."
But Seattle came back.
Jean Segura teamed up with Jake Odorizzi's second pitch of the sixth innings, an 87 mph slider. and put it in the left field bleachers.
Two killings later, after a duel by Guillermo Heredia, Nelson Cruz launched a two-run homer just over Buxton's outstretched glove at the midfield wall to give the M a 3-2 lead.
Eduardo Escobar's two-out, check-swing, RBI-Rip to the right field in the eighth inning, pinch-runner Ehire Adriania scored from second-base to even the score at 3-3. Escobar was thrown out the second to finish the inning as he tried to stretch it into a double.
"He probably gave up an out, which we do not need to give us another opportunity," Molitor said. "Then we just could not find a way to score on the many opportunities we had with the remaining innings."
Odorozzi, who came in seven years with a record of 1-3 and an average of 4.11, starts against Seattle, went 5 1/3 innings, streaked three, allowed seven strokes, one walk and gave up three earned runs , everything in the sixth inning.
The third and final game of the series is set to 3: 10 Central on Sunday.