The Mariners finished their road trip on a high note, beating the Minnesota Twins 3-0 behind a six inning shut out performance by Erik Bedard. This win capped off a six game road stretch in which the Mariners went 5-1 against the Twins and the San Diego Padres.
Bedard struck out four, walked one and did not give up a run in six innings of work. The left hander has a 1.35 ERA in the month of May and has not allowed an earned run in his past two starts.
Providing the offense for the Mariners came from the bottom half of the lineup. In the top of the second inning after Franklin Gutierrez reached first via walk, Adam Kennedy ripped a double down the right field line that scored Gutierrez. Later in the inning, Brendan Ryan singled to center field to drive in Kennedy.
Gutierrez hit his first home run of the season in the top of the fourth inning with a solo shot to left field, extending the Mariners lead to 3-0. This was all the offense the Mariners needed to beat the Twins and win the series.
David Pauley pitched two innings of scoreless relief and Brandon League came into the ninth inning to secure his twelfth save of the season.