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Jeffers gets go-ahead hit; Gray, Twins 'pen blanks Mariners

Twins starter Sonny Gray, making his first appearance since going on the injured list on June 2, threw five shutout innings and allowed just three hits.
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Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa (4) and Byron Buxton celebrate after the team's 5-0 win in a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE — Ryan Jeffers hit an RBI single off the center-field wall to break a scoreless tie in the seventh inning and the Minnesota Twins went on to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Wednesday.

Twins starter Sonny Gray, making his first appearance since going on the injured list with a strained pectoral muscle on June 2, threw five shutout innings. He allowed just three hits on 65 pitches, with three strikeouts.

Five Twins relievers then completed the combined five-hitter. Griffin Jax (4-0) followed Gray and struck out two in one inning.

Minnesota clinched its its first series victory over the Mariners since 2019.

Mariners starter Marco Gonzales (3-7) allowed one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings.

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Gary Sanchez singled with one out in the seventh and Luis Arraez walked. Jose Miranda followed with a grounder and beat the double-play relay to keep the inning going.

Reliever Paul Sewald came in to face Jeffers, who had doubled earlier. This time, he hit a long single off the wall for a 1-0 lead.

Arraez, who began the game with an MLB-best .354 batting average, hit a two-run single during a three-run eighth.

Minnesota’s final run came in the ninth when Jeffers scored on a ground ball to make it a five-run game.

Twins reliever Jharel Cotton allowed the first two batters to reach base in the ninth before retiring Jesse Winker, Dylan Moore and Luis Torrens to end the game.

    

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