Rookie Helps Mariners Snap 6-Game Losing Streak

SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Pineda allowed three hits over seven innings to help the Seattle Mariners break a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on day night.

Pineda (5-2), the American League’s Rookie of the Month for April, struck out seven and walked none as he lowered his ERA to 2.45. He went to a three-ball count on just two of the 26 batters he faced.

Pineda, who threw 70 strikes in his 99 pitches, entered the game with the highest percentage of strikes thrown (70.3) among AL pitchers and highest percentage of first-pitch strikes (73.7). He had 18 first-pitch strikes.

Adam Kennedy and Carlos Peguero hit consecutive home runs in the sixth innings. It was first time Seattle had back-to-back homers since Aug. 10, 2010.

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  • zee the reporter

    gardy you are on the way out the door~ it’s best for you to leave! zee reporting!

    • Mike D

      No Zee – it’s time for you and you’re stupid moronic “Zee reporting” to get a life and leave!

  • Al

    Fire Gardenhoser.

    • Mike D

      Al – Please enlighten us why Gardenhire is the sole reason why the team is a failure this year?
      The pitching is atrocious. Should Rick Anderson be fired? Yes
      Hitting sucks -Fire Vavra. Absolutely
      3rd Base coach Liddle – Has no clue what he’s doing. Hire a chimp and it would do better

      Gardenhire has had success in this division and will continue to do so. Even Bobby Cox had a down here or two for the Braves, but classy organizations stick behind men who’ve had success.

      Do us a favor and change your name to Troll

      • Sue

        Mike, oh yeah Gardenhire has had success winning divisions but can’t seem to go further then that because the Twins don’t have the talent to compete. It is time for a change in all of management, if the Twins are satisfied with just winning divisions then keep Gardenhire but if not get rid of him because they will not go any farther with him as coach and right now he has lost his grip on the team and the respect.

  • Jackie O

    Will someone please tell me why there is a picture of Liriano for this story and he never pitched last night?? It’s misleading that he had another bad game… Please get it right CCO before I go to *gulp* KSTP

  • louie

    Jackie O this is the best twins coverage we hear about all the time

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