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M's set team mark with seven straight hits in first

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- By the time Kenny Rogers got an out, the Seattle Mariners had all the runs they needed.

Seattle's first seven hitters reached base -- on six singles and
a big-hop triple by Greg Colbrunn -- as the Mariners completed a
four-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 9-5 victory Sunday.

"There really wasn't much I could do but keep throwing
strikes,'' Rogers said. "It's hard to change your gameplan when
they're not hitting you hard.''

Most of the seven hits were groundballs through the infield or
bloopers that fell in front of the outfielders, including
Colbrunn's triple -- which bounced off the turf and over right
fielder Dustan
Mohr
's head.

"Not all of them were crisply hit, but they fell in and it got
kind of contagious,'' Seattle manager Bob Melvin said.

The Mariners scored six times in the first inning and beat
Rogers for the first time in his last eight starts against them.

"It's frustrating, but what are you going to do?'' he said.
"Good teams make their breaks and they're a good team.''

The Mariners, whose 37-18 record is the best in the American
League, outhit the Twins 55-29 in the series and are 6-0 halfway
into a 12-game road trip.

"It's something to come in against the first-place team in the
AL Central and sweep,'' Colbrunn said. "That's a good team over
there -- they're going to be there at the end.''

Edgar Martinez homered and had four hits, and Bret Boone hit his
15th home run for the Mariners. Freddy Garcia went seven innings to
earn the victory.

Rogers (4-2) left with one out in the second after allowing
Boone's home run, which put Seattle ahead 7-1. He gave up seven
earned runs on 10 hits, failing for the fifth consecutive time to
earn his 150th career win.

"I think he made some good pitches,'' Twins catcher A.J.
Pierzynski said. "They're a veteran team that finds ways to get
hits.''

The Twins failed to capitalize on numerous opportunities against
Garcia (5-6). They loaded the bases with one out in the third but
could only score one run, and wasted leadoff hits by Pierzynski in
the fourth and Corey Koskie in the fifth. Mohr walked to start the
sixth, but was erased when Luis Rivas hit into a double play.

"We had some chances to get back into the game but Garcia made
some pitches when he had to,'' Pierzynski said.

Garcia allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks while
striking out seven. After his shaky start, he retired 11 of his
last 13 batters.

Martinez hit his 14th home run, scored three times and drove in
two runs for Seattle, which finished with 14 hits. Colbrunn, Jeff
Cirillo and Boone each had two RBI.

The Twins got a run back in the first inning when Jacque Jones
homered, and Pierzynski's two-run homer cut the lead to 7-3 in the
second. Doug Mientkiewicz hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning
to draw the Twins within three, but they got no closer.

"When you're going for a sweep, to go out and get a six-run
lead was huge,'' Mariners catcher Dan Wilson said. "It's a great
confidence-builder to come out hitting like that and get the
momentum on your side right away.''

Even if the hits weren't all line drives.

"Give them credit. They put it just where they wanted to,''
said Rogers, who threw 39 pitches, 26 for strikes. "I just kept
throwing strikes. Maybe next time I'll have to throw a few more
balls.''

Game notes
Jones led off the game with a home run for the 19th time in
his career, third this season and second in the series. ... The
Twins got their leadoff man aboard in the first six innings. ...
Lew Ford hit his first major league homer in the ninth for
Minnesota. ... Interleague play starts Tuesday, with the Twins
traveling to San Francisco and the Mariners visiting Philadelphia.
... Seattle is 15-0 in day games this year. ... The Mariners have
swept four series this season, while the Twins have been swept four
times -- three at home.