By DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – 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.
Twins 6, Mariners 5: Box score
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 Encarnacion 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.
Encarnacion 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.
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