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Rookie Helps Mariners Snap 6-Game Losing Streak

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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.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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