Seattle commits 3 errors, throws 2 wild pitches in 8-5 loss to Minnesota Twins

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SEATTLE — Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon can accept an opponent beating his team. What he has trouble with is his team beating itself.

Seattle committed three errors to go along with two wild pitches in a 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

"During the course of a year you're going to lose games," McClendon said. "The ones that are tough to swallow are the ones where you beat yourself. And tonight we beat ourselves and that is tough to swallow. It'll be a sleepless night. We've got to do better than that."

It'll be sleepless in Seattle as well for third baseman Kyle Seager. He committed two of the three errors.

"Definitely, two plays I should have made," Seager said. "If we play better defense tonight, that takes care of the pitching part as well. We need to clean that up."

If they had made the plays McClendon said, "I would venture to say it was 35 pitches we should have saved (starter James Paxton) over the course of that game. It's tough."

Paxton (0-2) went 4 2-3 innings and three of his four runs allowed were unearned. He gave up five hits, struck out seven and walked three.

"That's baseball. That happens and I have to be able to react and respond to that and just keep fighting," Paxton said.

The Twins collectively rallied. Seven different players drove in a run. Seven different players had a hit. Seven different players scored a run and it took seven pitchers to hold off the Mariners. Tim Stauffer (1-0) earned the win and Glen Perkins picked up his fourth save in four chances.

"There were a lot of contributions," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We talked about it, if we're going to be effective offensively it's going to have to be balanced."

Eduardo Escobar hit a home run and Eduardo Nunez had two hits and two RBIs.

Austin Jackson had a two-run home run for the Mariners in the seventh, his second.

Nelson Cruz drove in a pair on a double down the right-field line in the first. That gave Cruz a league-leading 20 RBIs. It's the most by a Mariners player in April since 2003, when Bret Boone had 21. The club record is 30 by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997. There are still five games remaining in the month.

Another error in the fifth - the second by Seager - set up the Twins go-ahead rally as Nunez and Kurt Suzuki hit successive RBI singles for a 4-3 lead.

Trevor May, who grew up in Kelso, Washington, went just 3 1-3 innings after Seager hit him on the right elbow with a line drive. X-rays were negative and he expects to make his next start.

May allowed two runs and three hits, striking out five and walked one.

"I felt like I was getting stronger as I was going," May said. "I started to get ahead of guys, that's how you can get things going your way a little more."

Robinson Canó had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He's hitting .409 (18 of 44) during that span.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP Roenis Elias has yet to be added to the roster, but it's no secret that he will be promoted from Triple-A Tacoma to start Sunday. He was in the clubhouse before the game. He fills the rotation spot for Iwakuma. Elias, one of the final cuts in training camp, was 10-12 with a 3.85 ERA last season.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (1-2, 5.87) makes his fourth start of the season Sunday, coming off a 7-1 loss to Kansas City Monday. He gave up four runs, four hits and walked four in five innings. He is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four career starts against Seattle.

MAY CONTINGENT BUMMED

May being removed after being hit with the line drive was a disappointment to a large, enthusiastic contingent behind home plate, said to be around 100, from May's Kelso hometown.

BOOTS AND BOBBLES

The three errors committed by the Mariners give them 19 this season. That ties them with Milwaukee for second most in baseball, one behind Oakland, which has 20.

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