Despite Willingham blast, Mariners sink Twins again

The Twins end their brief four-game homestand with a thud, dropping an afternoon affair to the Mariners, 5-4.
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MINNEAPOLIS - - Trayvon Robinson's two-run single capped a four-run sixth-inning for the Seattle Mariners, who beat the Twins 5-4 Thursday at Target Field.

Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer -- his 33rd of the year -- in the eighth to get Minnesota within a run, but Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a scoreless ninth to get the save.

Left-hander Brian Duensing picked up the loss, as he dropped to 3-10 on the year.

Seattle starter Blake Beaven pitched seven strong innings limiting the Twins to just five hits to improve to 9-8.

The Twins next head to Kansas City and Chicago for a six-game road trip. At 53-78, they have to go 10-21 the rest of the way to avoid a 100-loss season.

After the game, Manager Ron Gardenhire announcedoutfielder Denard Span's collar bone injury has landed him on the disabled list.

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