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Associated Press, Published August 19 2012

Seattle slips past Twins

SEATTLE – Pinch-hitter John Jaso’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth gave the Mariners a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

Michael Saunders led off the ninth with a single to right and Brendan Ryan’s bunt single put runners at first and second with none out against Tyler Robertson (1-1).

Dustin Ackley walked to load the bases to set up Jaso’s fly ball to left to score Saunders and lift Seattle to its fourth straight win.

Minnesota took the lead in the seventh after Joe Mauer’s grounder scored Pedro Florimon.

Darin Mastroianni singled to load the bases and Mauer grounded to second. Ackley pivoted to throw to second for the second out, but Ryan’s throw to first was late in an attempt to turn a very difficult double play. That allowed Florimon to come in from third and end Vargas’ outing.

Minnesota Seattle

ab r h bi ab r h bi

JCarrll 2b 5 1 1 0 Ackley 2b 4 0 3 1

Mstrnn cf 4 0 1 0 TRonsn lf 3 0 0 0

Mauer c 4 0 0 1 Jaso ph 0 0 0 1

Wlngh dh 4 0 0 0 JMontr c 4 0 0 0

Mornea 1b 4 0 1 1 Olivo dh 4 0 1 0

Doumit lf 4 0 1 0 Seager 3b 4 0 1 0

Plouffe 3b 4 0 0 0 Smoak 1b 4 1 2 1

MCarsn rf 4 0 3 0 C.Wells rf 3 0 0 0

Flormn ss 3 1 2 0 Thams ph-rf 1 0 0 0

MSndrs cf 4 2 2 0

Ryan ss 4 0 3 0

Totals 36 2 9 2 Totals 35 3 12 3

Minnesota 100 000 100— 2

Seattle 001 000 101— 3

One out when winning run scored.

E—Vargas (2). LOB—Minnesota 11, Seattle 10. 2B—Smoak (8). 3B—Florimon (1). HR—Smoak (14). SB—Seager (10). S—Florimon. SF—Jaso.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Diamond 6Xc 9 2 2 0 2

Al.Burnett Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Burton 1 1 0 0 0 1

T.Robertson L,1-1 0 2 1 1 1 0

Fien Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Seattle

Vargas 6Xc 8 2 2 1 2

Kinney Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Furbush Xc 0 0 0 0 0

Pryor 1 1 0 0 1 1

Luetge 0 0 0 0 1 0

Wilhelmsen W,4-2 Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Luetge pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

T.Robertson pitched to 3 batters in the 9th.

HBP—by Al.Burnett (T.Robinson). WP—Vargas.

T—3:23. A—21,154 (47,860).