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Dave Campbell / Associated Press, Published June 01 2013

Doumit sends Twins to 5-4 win over Mariners

MINNEAPOLIS – Batting fourth for Minnesota because of a teammate’s illness, Ryan Doumit embraced the cleanup spot.

He drove the ball all afternoon, no hit more powerful than the one that ended the game in celebration.

Doumit’s two-run triple off Tom Wilhelmsen with one out in the ninth inning sent the Twins to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

“He scuffled a little bit early, trying to find his swing, getting a better feel for it, and I think you’re seeing the guy we had last year who drove in a lot of runs and did a lot of good for us,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who put Doumit fourth in place of Justin Morneau, who was out with flu-like symptoms.

This was the third blown save of the season for Wilhelmsen (0-1), all in his last four tries. The right-hander pitched a perfect ninth for the save Friday night, but he walked the first three batters he faced about 17 hours later after inheriting a 4-2 lead. Josh Willingham followed with a sacrifice fly, and Doumit – who missed the cycle by a home run – drove in two more for the walk-off win.

Doumit went 3-for-5 to raise his batting average from .218 to .230. He’s 6-for-16 with one of each type of extra-base hit and six RBIs in the last four games.

“Some guys get up there to try to get on base. Some guys get up there to try to do some damage. I was hitting cleanup today. I was up there to do some damage,” Doumit said. “I was looking for one spot and a pitch I could drive, and I got it.”

Wilhelmsen also issued two walks in a squandered save at San Diego on Wednesday. This one wiped out two homers by Jason Bay and an effective start by Aaron Harang. Wilhelmsen had two strikes on Doumit, but threw him a fastball straight down the middle.

“The only strike I threw,” he said, adding: “He knew it was coming and lit it up.”

Joe Mauer rounded a wet infield from first base to slide into home for the winning run in the rain. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he never considered removing Wilhelmsen, whose ERA jumped from 0.75 to 1.85.

“Closers, you live and die with them. He makes a pitch there and puts the ball on the ground? Game over. We win,” Wedge said.

Rookie Caleb Thielbar (1-0) picked up his first major league victory with a scoreless ninth inning.

Four of Bay’s eight home runs, all of them with no one on base, have been in his last five games. Kyle Seager also homered and scored after a single in the seventh.

Kevin Correia pitched into the seventh inning but gave up three home runs for the second straight start. After posting a 3-1 record and 2.23 ERA over five April appearances, the right-hander has been hit hard.

“Pick your poison. It’s a lot quicker to give up two solo home runs than five base hits and two runs in an inning, so it’s streaky. When I’m behind in the count, I’ve got to be a little bit more aware of throwing a better pitch,” Correia said.

Seattle Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

EnChvz rf 4 0 1 0 EEscor 3b 4 1 0 0

Bay lf 5 2 2 2 Mauer dh 3 1 1 0

Seager 3b 5 2 2 1 Wlngh lf 4 0 0 1

KMorls 1b 4 0 1 0 Doumit c 5 1 3 2

Ibanez dh 4 0 1 1 Parmel rf 3 1 1 0

Frnkln 2b 3 0 0 0 Colaell 1b 4 0 1 0

MSndrs cf 4 0 2 0 Dozier 2b 3 0 1 1

Shppch c 4 0 0 0 Hicks cf 4 0 0 0

Ryan ss 4 0 1 0 Flormn ss 3 1 0 0

Totals 37 4 10 4 Totals 33 5 7 4

Seattle 200 000 200— 4

Minnesota 010 001 003— 5

One out when winning run scored.

E—Harang (1), Ryan (4), E.Escobar (3). DP—Minnesota 1. LOB—Seattle 8, Minnesota 10. 2B—M.Saunders (6), Doumit (11). 3B—Doumit (1). HR—Bay 2 (8), Seager (7). SF—Willingham.

IP H R ER BB SO

Seattle

Harang 6 4 2 1 2 4

O.Perez H,2 Xc 1 0 0 0 1

Capps H,5 Zc 1 0 0 0 0

Furbush H,3 1 0 0 0 1 1

Wilhlsn L,0-1 BS Zc 1 3 3 3 0

Minnesota

Correia 6Xc 7 4 4 2 3

Duensing Xc 2 0 0 0 0

Fien Xc 0 0 0 0 1

Thielbar W,1-0 1 1 0 0 0 1

Capps pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

WP—Wilhelmsen.

T—3:05. A—33,417 (39,021).

Late Friday’s box score

Mariners 3, Twins 0

Seattle Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

EnChvz rf 4 0 0 0 Carroll 3b 4 0 0 0

Bay lf 4 0 0 0 Dozier 2b 4 0 1 0

Seager 3b 3 1 1 0 Mauer c 4 0 1 0

KMorls 1b 4 1 1 2 Wlngh lf 3 0 0 0

Ibanez dh 4 1 1 0 Mornea 1b 4 0 0 0

MSndrs cf 3 0 0 0 Doumit dh 4 0 0 0

Frnkln 2b 2 0 1 0 Parmel rf 3 0 2 0

Sucre c 4 0 2 1 Hicks cf 4 0 0 0

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

Totals 32 3 8 3 Totals 33 0 7 0

Seattle 000 003 000— 3

Minnesota 000 000 000— 0

E—Swarzak (1). DP—Seattle 1, Minnesota 3. LOB—Seattle 8, Minnesota 8. 2B—Parmelee (4), Florimon (7). HR—K.Morales (8). SB—M.Saunders (7). S—En.Chavez.

IP H R ER BB SO

Seattle

Iwakuma W,6-1 7Xc 7 0 0 2 5

Furbush H,2 Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Wilhlmsn S,12-14 1 0 0 0 0 0

Minnesota

Pelfrey L,3-6 5Zc 6 3 3 4 2

Swarzak 2Xc 2 0 0 0 1

Thielbar 1 0 0 0 0 2

HBP—by Pelfrey (Seager).

T—2:53. A—31,430 (39,021).