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Associated Press , Published August 28 2012

Ackley's three-run blast carries Mariners past Twins

MINNEAPOLIS – Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer, Hisashi Iwakuma was hard to hit and the Seattle Mariners beat the stumbling Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Iwakuma (5-3) gave up just one hit and one unearned run over six innings in another strong start for the rookie from Japan. The right-hander struck out four and helped send the Twins to their 16th defeat in their last 19 games despite four walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch.

Ackley’s drive off Scott Diamond (10-6) into the flower bed above right-center field followed consecutive singles by Trayvon Robinson and Brendan Ryan to start the fifth. Diamond gave up more than three runs for the first time in seven starts since July 21.

The announced attendance was 29,854, the first sub-30,000 crowd to watch the Twins since Target Field opened in 2010.

Seattle Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Ackley 2b 5 1 1 3 Revere cf 2 0 0 1

Gutirrz cf 4 1 0 0 Mstrnn rf 3 0 0 0

Seager 3b 4 0 2 2 Mauer c 4 0 0 0

JMontr dh 4 0 0 0 Wlngh lf 3 1 1 0

Smoak 1b 4 0 0 0 Mornea 1b 4 0 1 0

Olivo c 4 0 1 0 Doumit dh 4 0 1 1

Thams rf 4 0 0 0 Plouffe 3b 3 0 0 0

TRonsn lf 4 1 2 0 JCarrll 2b 3 1 1 0

Ryan ss 4 2 3 0 Flormn ss 2 0 0 0

Totals 37 5 9 5 Totals 28 2 4 2

Seattle 002 030 000—5

Minnesota 001 000 001—2

E—Plouffe (13). DP—Seattle 2. LOB—Seattle 6, Minnesota 6. 2B—Seager (26), Ryan 2 (17), Doumit (26). HR—Ackley (10). SB—T.Robinson 2 (5). SF—Revere.

IP H R ER BB SO

Seattle

Iwakuma W,5-3 6 1 1 0 4 4

O.Perez Zc 1 0 0 0 0

Kinney 1Xc 0 0 0 0 2

Furbush Xc 2 1 1 0 1

Whlmsn S,20-23 Zc 0 0 0 1 0

Minnesota

Diamond L,10-6 7 7 5 5 1 2

Waldrop 1 1 0 0 0 0

Al.Burnett 1 1 0 0 0 2

HBP—by Iwakuma (Willingham). WP—Iwakuma. PB—Olivo.

T—2:55. A—29,854 (39,500).