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Seattle dumps Twins 8-2

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Jul 26, 2013 at 4:22 am

SEATTLE (AP) Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four hits in six shutout innings, and the Seattle Mariners scored six runs in the second en route to an 8-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

Iwakuma, who won his third straight decision, struck out nine and walked one. Since moving into the starting rotation on July 2, 2012, Iwakuma has gone 18-8 with a 2.78 ERA in 38 starts.

Against the Twins, Iwakuma is 4-0 and hasn't allowed an earned run in 26 2-3 consecutive innings over his four starts — Minnesota's third longest streak. He has held the Twins to a .168 batting average with eight walks and 24 strikeouts.

Felix Hernandez, who starts Friday, has the fourth longest streak at 24 straight scoreless innings.

Nick Franklin hit a three-run home run in the Mariners' big second inning. Dustin Ackley had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs.

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