Series: Game 3 of 4

Seattle leads 3-0 (as of 5/31)

Game 1: Thursday, May 29
Game 2: Friday, May 30
Game 3: Saturday, May 31
Game 4: Sunday, June 1

Mariners 5

(36-18, 19-7 away)

Twins 2

(31-23, 15-13 home)

    4:05 PM ET, May 31, 2003

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    SEA 000220100 5 11 0
    MIN 000010100 2 7 0

    W: R. Franklin (4-3)

    L: R. Reed (3-6)

    S: K. Sasaki (9)

    Mariners finish May with 19-8 record

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Division leaders Seattle and Minnesota each had a great May. But the Mariners finished theirs on a better note.

    Edgar Martinez and Ichiro Suzuki hit solo home runs and Ryan Franklin became the latest Mariners pitcher to frustrate the Twins as Seattle beat Minnesota 5-2 Saturday for its fifth straight victory.

    The Mariners beat Minnesota for the third straight day. They'll go for a four-game sweep at the Metrodome on Sunday when Freddy Garcia pitches against Kenny Rogers.

    The Mariners went 19-8 in May and remained five games ahead of Oakland in the AL West.

    "We'll take 19 wins in any month," manager Bob Melvin said with a chuckle.

    The Twins also finished with 19 wins, but they've lost three straight for the first time since losing six in a row to the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals in April. Minnesota failed to extend its 3½ game lead over Kansas City in the AL Central.

    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire thought his team played well, but, "(the Mariners) are getting the hits when they need them and they're pitching pretty good. We seem to be hitting a lot of hard balls at people."

    Franklin (4-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He held the Twins to a single run through six innings before Dustan Mohr's homer in the seventh.

    "I'm happy with the way I battled and kept it to one run. It could have been a lot worse," he said.

    Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 13 chances.

    Suzuki homered, tripled, singled and scored twice as the Mariners won for the 12th time in 15 games. Suzuki had 44 hits in May.

    "He's so consistent,'' Martinez said. "We knew he's going to come through. ... I think he's going to keep doing better."

    Said Melvin: "He's not swinging that differently. He's just now getting results. Success breeds confidence. ... I don't see a whole lot different in what he's doing."

    Martinez's home run came in the fifth inning off Rick Reed (3-6) and made it 4-0. Suzuki homered in the seventh for a 5-1 lead.

    Reed, who entered the game with a 1.82 career ERA against Seattle, allowed nine hits and five earned runs over seven innings.

    "I got my ground balls, they just found holes," Reed said.

    "I didn't think I threw all that bad, I just had some pitches up and they hit them in good spots."

    Mohr, batting .396 this month, went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the seventh for the Twins. He extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games.

    But the last three losses to Seattle have made the personal accomplishments less enjoyable for Mohr, who had 42 hits this month. Gil Meche held the Twins in check on Thursday night and Joel Pineiro shut them out Friday.

    "We've been hitting a lot of balls hard, they've just been right at people," Mohr said. "They're swinging hot bats right now and pitching really well and it's tough to beat the combination and we haven't had very many opportunities to get things going."

    Seattle went up 2-0 with two outs in the fourth. Randy Winn singled home a run and Jeff Cirillo followed with an RBI single that barely eluded third baseman Corey Koskie's grasp.

    The Mariners added a pair of runs in the fifth after Suzuki led off with a triple to left-center field. Bret Boone had an RBI grounder and Martinez hit his 13th home run.

    The Twins opened the fifth with singles by Torii Hunter, Doug Mientkiewicz and Mohr, making it 4-1.

    Tom Prince laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Mientkiewicz and Mohr, but Chris Gomez grounded out and Jacque Jones popped out.

    Jones threw down his bat and helmet in disgust after the play.

    The Twins will lose their first series since losing two out of three to the Chicago White Sox last month.

    "We've got to come back tomorrow and try to find a way to win," Gardenhire said.

    Game notes
    Longtime public-address announcer Bob Casey and former outfielder Bob Allison were inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame before the game. Allison, who died in 1995, and Casey became the Hall's 11th and 12th members. ... The Mariners recalled C Pat Borders from Triple-A Tacoma. Borders fills the roster spot left by OF John Mabry (shoulder), who was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday. ... Suzuki came into the game 3-for-14 against Reed. He went 3-for-4 against him Saturday. He was a double away from the Mariners' first cycle since John Olerud on June 16, 2001.

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