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Twins fall to Mariners, 8-2


SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) -- The Twins' Kevin Correia lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on seven hits as Minnesota fell 8-2 to the Mariners in the series opener at Safeco Field.

It was Correia's shortest start since June 6, 2010 when he also lasted just 1 2/3 innings while pitching for the San Diego Padres against the Philadelphia Phillies.

"A bad start to the ball game for us, the first time we've seen Correia have a hard time," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "He just couldn't get the ball where he wanted to."

The Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four hits in six shutout innings, and Seattle Mariners scored six runs in the second en route to the victory.

Iwakuma, who won his third straight decision, struck out nine and walked one. Since moving into the starting rotation on July 2, 2012, Iwakuma has gone 18-8 with a 2.78 ERA in 38 starts.

Against the Twins, Iwakuma is 4-0 and hasn't allowed an earned run in 26 2-3 consecutive innings over his four starts -- Minnesota's third longest streak. He has held the Twins to a .168 batting average with eight walks and 24 strikeouts.

Felix Hernandez, who starts Friday, has the fourth longest streak at 24 straight scoreless innings.

Nick Franklin hit a three-run home run in the Mariners' big second inning. Dustin Ackley had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs.

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