Mike Carp led off the bottom of the second with his first home run of the season to stretch the M's lead to 4-0. In the bottom of the fourth, Ackley hit his first triple of the year and came home on Ryan's sacrifice fly.
The Twins managed single runs in the seventh and ninth innings, but the Mariners held on for the win. Noesi had by far his best start of the season, going seven inning and allowing just four hits and three walks. He allowed just one run, coming on a solo shot by Ryan Doumit.
Hernandez was one again on top of his game, holding the Twins to just one hit in eight innings of work. He allowed baserunners in just one inning, when he allowed a single and issued two walks in the top of the fourth.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Kyle Seager hit a two-run single. The M's added five more runs in the bottom of the seventh on a Brendan Ryan sacrifice fly, a two-run Ichiro Suzuki triple and a two-run Seager home run.
Steve Delabar came in for the ninth inning, retiring the side in order and combining with Hernandez for the 1-hit shutout.
The Mariners will attempt to take the series in the rubber game on Sunday.
The Seattle Mariners headed back home to Safeco Field on Friday night having just been swept by the Tampa Bay Rays. The Minnesota Twins are also coming off of being swept by the Los Angeles Angels. Both teams headed into Friday's game in Seattle knowing that at least one of them would be able to snap their losing streak. Unfortunately, due to one bad inning, the Twins came out on top by a final score of 3-2.
The Mariners took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, on RBI doubles by Kyle Seager and Mike Carp. Thinks fell apart in the top of the seventh when the Twins scored on a throwing error, an RBI groundout and a Joe Mauer RBI single. Seattle was unable to score again in the game.
Jesus Montero was 2-for-4 with a double. The M's will try to even the series on Saturday.