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Published: Mon, September 26, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Seattle's Cruz hits 493-foot homer, 2nd-longest this season

Seattle's Cruz hits 493-foot homer, 2nd-longest this season

Seattle crushed Minnesota 10-1 in Friday's opener but went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and only could muster a two-run homer from Nelson Cruz in Saturday's 3-2 loss. The three previous shortest Twins games this season, all Duffey starts.

Duffey (9-11) gave up the two runs and four hits while striking out four Seattle hitters.

Sano's 24th homer followed Cruz's tying shot in the top of the fourth. A homer from Jorge Polanco, a fielder's choice RBI by Logan Schafer, and a go-ahead solo dong via Miguel Sano.

"They hit a big homer there", Sano said. Baltimore's 3-0 win over the Yankees places the Mariners 2.5 games behind the Orioles for the second wild card with eight games remaining.

"He's fine physically. We're kind of at the point in the season where we have a read on his stuff", Mariners manager Scott Servais said of Miranda and the decision to lift his starter after four innings. The Mariners hope to rebound from a hard road loss on Sunday, when they face the Minnesota Twins in the rubber match of their three-game series.

Thanks to a weekend series against the worst team in the major leagues, the Seattle Mariners were poised to make up some ground in the American League wild-card race, but it instead might have signaled the beginning of the end for their postseason aspirations. Tonight's game? Two hours, six minutes. "I located a lot better today".

"Like I told (Molitor) when I came out, 'You get pissed off enough, you eventually make an adjustment, '" Duffey said, later adding: "Just slowing down".

The Twins haven't won two straight games since the middle of August.

Of course, none of that will matter if the Mariners can't score runs, which was their problem in Saturday's loss that dropped them to 1-4 against the Twins this season. Hector Santiago takes the hill, and he's 12-9 with a 4.82 ERA and 137 strikeouts this season. Walker gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Twins earlier this season. But Santiago has a 6.20 ERA in nine starts for Minnesota after being acquired in a trade.

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