Mariners bomb Twins

The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS–Having Mitch Haniger batting high in the lineup again ought to be a lift for the Seattle Mariners in this up-and-down season.
The names hardly mattered with the way they were hitting at Minnesota last night.
Nelson Cruz drove in four runs, and Haniger had four hits, as the Mariners started a series against the Twins with a football score for the second time in a week–a 14-3 victory fuelled by 19 hits.
“I don’t even know what the final score was but we ran it up pretty good,” said Ben Gamel, who went 2-for-4 with two walks.
Danny Valencia and Mike Zunino hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning–the fifth such feat for the Mariners this season.
Yovani Gallardo (3-6) sailed through six innings with the excess support, allowing three runs and seven hits.
“Definitely took a little bit of pressure off,” said Gallardo, whose ERA has been over 6.00 for the past three weeks.
“But you’ve still got to go out there and pitch.”
Zunino and Carlos Ruiz were the previous pair to hit consecutive homers for the Mariners, also against the Twins last week during a 6-5 comeback victory.
Brian Dozier had three hits and Joe Mauer drove in two runs, but the Twins lost their fifth-straight home game.
Dozier was stranded after his lead-off double in the third inning, and Gallardo found a groove from there.
Twins’ rookie Adalberto Mejia (1-2) struggled from the start, allowing nine hits and nine runs before leaving with two outs in the fourth inning.
The first two batters in the lineup–Gamel and Haniger–reached base and eventually scored all three times they faced Mejia.
Cruz just missed a homer for the seventh-straight game at Target Field, settling for an RBI double against Twins’ back-up catcher Chris Gimenez in the ninth inning following a replay review that reversed the original call.
Gimenez made his fifth appearance of the season to relieve a beleaguered bullpen.
That’s because the Twins–despite their perch in first place in the AL Central–have allowed 10-plus runs an astounding 10 times already this season.
They lost 13-8 at San Francisco on Sunday and 12-3 in Seattle to the Mariners just six days ago.
“We’re 60 games in,” manager Paul Molitor said. “That’s not a good situation.”
Elsewhere in the AL, Chicago beat Baltimore 10-7, New York downed L.A. 5-3, and Texas dumped Houston 6-1.
Over in the NL, Atlanta topped Washington 11-10, Pittsburgh beat Colorado 7-2, New York downed Chicago 6-1, and San Diego dumped Cincinnati 9-3.
Boston edged Philadelphia 6-5 (11 innings) in interleague play.