The Mariners and Twins clubbed eight total home runs, four each.
Seattle scored all six runs off the long ball. Only Daniel Vogelbach’s 8th inning homer came with runners on base when the ball left the park.
The Twins four dingers gave Minnesota seven runs. Two other Minnesota runs were assisted with two Mariner errors.
To say Thursday was a tough night for Seattle starter Erik Swanson would be an understatement.
Swanson was lit up, 9 hits, 8 ER, 3 K. He gave up all four Minnesota home runs.
Winning Pitcher, (3-3) Michael Pineda: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 K, 0 BB
Losing Pitcher, (1-5) Erik Swanson: 3.0 IP, 8 ER, 3 K, 0 BB
Seattle will try to bounce back Friday night in game two of the four-game series. Pregame coverage starts at 6 p.m. on 102.9/750 The Game.
Here are the Mariner highlights…
Bottom 3rd inning… Mallex Smith HR… 2-1 Twins
Bottom 5th inning… Ryon Healy HR… 9-2 Twins
Bottom 5th inning… J.P. Crawford HR… 9-3 Twins
Bottom 8th inning… Vogelbach 3-R HR… 10-6 Twins…