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Associated Press, Published July 27 2013

Deduno pitches Twins past Mariners

SEATTLE – When Samuel Deduno is on the mound, Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau hears a litany of complaints from opponents.

“Guys, if they ever do get to first, say, ‘Man, I don’t know what to look for off this guy,’” Morneau said. “And then it’s got so much movement they can’t get locked in on anything. You rarely see guys square the ball up off him. It’s fun watching him pitch. He’s got some great intensity.”

Deduno kept the Seattle Mariners off balance for seven scoreless innings Saturday and Morneau and Brian Dozier each homered to lead the Twins to a 4-0 victory.

Deduno (7-4) allowed three hits, walked three and tied his season high with six strikeouts. He has thrown seven innings in each of his last three starts, all wins, and has a 1.29 ERA in that span. Saturday, he had his pitches working early as he struck out two in each of the first two innings.

“You can see their hitters, there were balls they were swinging and then looking back trying to see where the ball went, and that tells you his ball’s really moving,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said.

In three career starts against Seattle, Deduno has allowed only two earned runs over 20 innings.

“He’s got real life on his ball,” Mariners acting manager Robby Thompson said. “He’s effectively wild at times, and he has really good stuff.”

In the rare cases where Seattle was able to put some men on base, the Twins defense came through for Deduno. In the fourth, Deduno walked two but a double play ended the inning. In the seventh, Gardenhire kept Deduno in even after he gave up a one-out single to Kyle Seager and walked Justin Smoak, and the confidence was rewarded when Deduno got Endy Chavez to ground into a double play.

“That makes me very excited. I said to myself, ‘I can do it because they believe in me,’” Deduno said. “They’ve done it a couple times, leave me in the seventh inning, and if I get in trouble I make the pitches.”

Minnesota Seattle

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dozier 2b 5 1 1 1 BMiller ss 4 0 2 0

CHrmn rf 4 0 0 0 Frnkln 2b 4 0 0 0

Mornea 1b 4 2 2 1 Ibanez lf 3 0 0 0

Doumit c 4 0 1 0 KMorls dh 4 0 1 0

Colaell dh 4 1 2 0 Seager 3b 3 0 2 0

Thoms lf 3 0 0 1 Smoak 1b 3 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 3 0 0 0 EnChvz rf 4 0 0 0

Hicks cf 3 0 0 1 Quinter c 2 0 0 0

Bernier ss 3 0 1 0 MSndrs ph 1 0 1 0

HBlanc c 0 0 0 0

Ackley cf 3 0 0 0

Totals 33 4 7 4 Totals 31 0 6 0

Minnesota 000 101 200— 4

Seattle 000 000 000— 0

E—En.Chavez (3). DP—Minnesota 2. LOB—Minnesota 10, Seattle 7. 2B—Morneau (25), Doumit (20), K.Morales (25). HR—Dozier (9), Morneau (8). CS—Bernier (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Deduno W,7-4 7 3 0 0 3 6

Roenicke Xc 2 0 0 0 1

Burton H,17 Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Swarzak 1 1 0 0 0 1

Seattle

Harang L,5-9 5 3 1 1 2 5

Furbush Xc 1 1 1 2 1

Medina Xc 2 2 2 1 1

Farquhar 1Xc 0 0 0 3 2

Luetge 1 1 0 0 0 0

WP—Deduno, Luetge. PB—Quintero.

T—3:15. A—24,524 (47,476).

Twins 3, Mariners 2 (13)

SEATTLE – Chris Colabello hit his first career home run, a two-run shot in the 13th inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Friday night.

Mariners starter Felix Hernandez was two outs from a shutout and his first complete game of the season, but Trevor Plouffe’s pinch-hit single in the top of the ninth tied it at 1.

Runs were hard to come by for both teams until the Mariners’ Yoervis Medina (3-3) entered in the 13th. Aaron Hicks led off with a single and Colabello – playing in his 14th major league game – followed with a two-run homer to right field.

Minnesota Seattle

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dozier 2b 4 0 1 0 Bay rf 3 0 0 0

Carroll 3b 3 0 0 0 Chvz ph-rf 3 0 2 0

Plffe ph-3b 3 0 1 1 Frnkln 2b 6 0 3 1

Mornea 1b 6 0 0 0 Ibanez lf 6 0 0 0

Doumit dh 5 0 1 0 KMorls dh 5 1 2 1

CHrmn rf-c 4 0 0 0 Seager 3b 6 0 3 0

Thoms lf 5 0 1 0 Smoak 1b 5 0 0 0

Hicks cf 5 1 1 0 Ackley cf 6 0 1 0

Butera c 2 0 0 0 Ryan ss 3 1 0 0

Claell ph-rf 3 1 1 2 Millr ph-ss 2 0 0 0

Flormn ss 5 1 2 0 HBlanc c 5 0 1 0

Totals 45 3 8 3 Totals 50 2 12 2

Minnesota 000 000 001 000 2— 3

Seattle 000 010 000 000 1— 2

E—Florimon (9). DP—Minnesota 2, Seattle 1. LOB—Minnesota 6, Seattle 11. 2B—Florimon (12), En.Chavez (10), Franklin (12). HR—Colabello (1), K.Morales (16). S—Dozier.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Diamond 6Xc 5 1 1 1 1

Burton Zc 1 0 0 0 0

Thielbar 1 1 0 0 0 2

Fien 2 0 0 0 0 4

Duensing W,3-1 2 3 0 0 1 3

Perkins S,25-28 1 2 1 1 0 0

Seattle

F.Hernandez 9 5 1 1 0 11

Furbush 1 0 0 0 0 1

Wilhelmsen 1 0 0 0 1 1

O.Perez 1 0 0 0 1 1

Medina L,3-3 1 3 2 2 0 1

WP—F.Hernandez.

T—3:54. A—23,162 (47,476).