Mariners win with Leake, big bats
Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer as Seattle jumped ahead, and Mike Leake and relievers limited Minnesota hitters as the Mariners beat the Twins 11-4 on a cold Saturday at Target Field in Minneapolis.
A Robinson Cano RBI single, Seager's homer and a two-run Dee Gordon single helped Seattle build an early 5-0 lead.
Leake allowed three hits and two runs while striking out none and walking four in five innings. He left with a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning, and the Twins continued to threaten, but Dan Altavilla forced Byron Buxton to fly out to end the inning. In the seventh, the Twins had the bases loaded, but Juan Nicasio forced Logan Morrison to fly out to end the inning.
Ryon Healy, who started the season 1 for 22, hit a bases-clearing double to make it 8-3 in the eighth inning. Guillermo Heredia added a two-run homer.
The Mariners (4-3) had 12 hits. Jose Berrios pitched decently for Minnesota (4-3), with seven strikeouts and no walks, but the Mariners finally got to him.
Seager had two hits, giving him 1,000 in his career. Cano has at least one hit in each of the team's first seven games.
The teams play at 11 a.m. Sunday, with Marco Gonzales pitching for Seattle opposite Lance Lynn.