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Polanco, Twins rally for 6-5 win vs. Mariners

Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco was on the money again in the team's win Tuesday over Seattle. Photo: File AP/Matt Slocum
Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco was on the money again in the team's win Tuesday over Seattle.

June 11, 2019 11:25 PM

Jorge Polanco scored the tying run on a wild pitch and Marwin Gonzalez hit the go-ahead RBI single during Minnesota's three-run rally in the eighth inning, giving the Twins a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
    
Polanco, who entered the game second in the AL in batting, reached base all four times he batted. He tried for a hustle double on each of his three hits, beating the tag at second base twice. That included the eighth against reliever Brandon Brennan (2-5), when Polanco followed Max Kepler's leadoff double with his own on a head-first slide to cut the lead to 5-4.
    
After advancing on a long fly out by Eddie Rosario, Polanco raced home on a stray slider by Austin Adams that skipped in the dirt past catcher Tom Murphy. Gonzalez put the surging Twins in front with his sharp single, clapping his hands in satisfaction as he pointed to an exuberant home dugout during the sprint to first.
    
The Mariners started the ninth with two singles against Trevor May, but the right-hander notched his first save of the season by striking out Edwin Encarnación looking and retiring the next two batters. Matt Magill (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the Twins, who have won 19 of their last 25 games.
    
Encarnación gave the Mariners a third-inning lead with a three-run home run off starter Martin Perez, after reaching the 400-homer mark for his career in the previous game. A two-out infield single by Mallex Smith started the rally, putting starter Mike Leake in position for a third straight victory after logging 16 innings with just three runs allowed over his previous two turns.
    
The Twins, who entered the evening with the second-most homers in the major leagues, muscled their way back in the fourth inning. Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run home run, and Jason Castro followed with the tying solo shot. That gave the Twins their seventh set of back-to-back homers this year, matching the Mariners for the most in baseball.
    
With the team playing at home for the first time in two weeks, the Twins rolled out new red "Bomba Squad" T-shirts to tout their newfound power with a fan giveaway and played a siren sound effect over the ballpark speakers after each homer.
    
Daniel Vogelbach's RBI single against Perez put the Mariners back in front. Perez has logged only 17 1/3 innings over his last four starts.

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