Lohse sharp, Pineiro not in Minnesota win

The Mariners couldn't figure out Twins' starter Kyle Lohse, and dropped their second of five games played thus far in the current homestand. They'll play the rubbermatch at 5:05 p.m. Sunday in a game that will be televised on ESPN.

Kyle Lohse is only 24-years-old, but that doesn't mean the young right-hander doesn't know how to make the most of his pitches.

Saturday night at Safeco Field in Seattle, Lohse needed just 112 pitches to mow down the torrid Mariners lineup, throwing a complete game in a 7-2 Twins victory.

He struck out seven and walked only one on the overcast night in the Pacific Northwest. Lohse improved to 4-3 on the season.

Joel Pineiro (4-4) didn't fare as well, and that me be the understatement of the day. The righty was lit up by the Twins for 12 hits and six earned runs in only five innings of work.

Leading the way for Minnesota were catcher A.J. Pierzynski and shortstop Chris Gomez. Both went 3-4. Pierzynski did the most damage, though. He belted his fourth homer of the year in the second inning, a three-run shot, to cause the home town Mariners to fight from behind for the remainder of the contest.

Minnesota (28-20) tacked on a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth off of Pineiro to take a commanding 6-1 lead.

Seattle (31-17) scored its first run on a single by John Olerud in the fourth, bringing home Ichiro from second base.

Ichiro knocked in the team's only other run in the fifth, beating out an infield single with two outs, enabling Randy Winn to score from third.

Julio Mateo came in to pitch the final four innings for Seattle. He faired well, striking out four, but did give up a long-ball to Twins' third baseman Corey Koskie in the sixth. Luckily, it was only of the solo variety.

In all, the Twins knocked the Mariners around for 14 hits. Seattle, by contrast, managed only six.

Ichiro was the lone Mariner to record a multiple-hit game, going 2-4.


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