M's end skid with come-from-behind win over Twins

Despite a terrible outing by Freddy Garcia, the Seattle Mariners pulled out a win Tuesday evening in Minnesota to stay four games ahead in the American League West. They'll return back home for another two-game series, this one against Oakland.

July 13, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 3 0 2 5 0 0 0 10 11 1
Minnesota 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 11 1

WP J. Mateo (2-0) 4 2/3IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 3SO 1HR 3.21ERA
LP J. Mays (8-7) 2/3IP 4H 5R 5ER 2BB 0SO 1HR 7.77ERA
S S. Hasegawa (7)

It was a situation that felt all-too familiar in recent weeks. Through three innings Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins, Seattle found itself behind 7-3.

Starter Freddy Garcia lasted only 2.2 innings, having been knocked around for seven hits and seven earned runs.

The Mariners, again, were forced to come-from-behind if they had any hopes of ending their three-game losing streak.

Sparked by Bret Boone's two-run homer in the fifth inning, his 25th on the season, Seattle (59-39) outscored Minnesota 7-1 over the final six innings, winning 10-8.

Boone's blast drew the visitors from the Pacific Northwest to within 7-5, and got their bats going.

Twins' starter, Rick Reeded, recorded three outs after giving up the homer to Boone, but left after the inning.

Minnesota brought in Joe Mays, a former Mariner farmhand, who recently was demoted to the bullpen. In the sixth inning, Mays' first inning in the game, Mike Cameron beat out an infield single with two outs and runners at first and second to leave the bases loaded.

John Olerud then smacked a single to left field, scoring Ichiro Suzuki and Mark McLemore. Cameron ran the basepaths to perfection, coming all the way around from first to score on Jacque Jones' error on his throw to home plate.

Randy Winn followed with his fourth homer of the year, scoring two more to make it 10-7.

The Twins only scored one run the rest of the way, coming on a sixth-inning solo homer by Shannon Stewart off of Julio Mateo.

That proved to be the only mistake Mateo made in the game, a day when he pitched brilliantly in long-relief, going 4.1 innings of otherwise flawless baseball. Mateo (2-0) struck out three, walked none, and allowed only three hits.

Minnesota (49-50) dropped its first game since the break, snapping its five-game win streak.

Mays, who gave up four hits, two walks and five earned runs in .2 innings, took the loss. He fell to 8-7 on the season.

Former Mariner James Baldwin came in to shut Seattle down for the final 10 outs of the game, but by that time the damage was done.

Both teams had 11 hits.

Minnesota stormed ahead with two runs in the second inning and five more in the third off of Garcia.

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