MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Homer Dome might need a new nickname.
Welcome to the Triple Play Dome.
The Minnesota Twins turned the majors' second triple play in 13
days to end a serious threat in the eighth inning, and Michael
Cuddyer and light-hitting shortstop Juan Castro homered during a
9-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
The Metrodome has been home to both triple plays this season.
The White Sox turned one in a 9-7 victory over the Twins on May 14.
"Seeing this one is fun," said reliever Juan Rincon, who threw
the pitch that got the play started. "Seeing the other one is not
Rincon entered the game to face Kenji Johjima, who hit a
grounder to second base on the first pitch. Luis Castillo scooped
up the ball and chased down Beltre to tag him out, then threw to
first to get Johjima.
First baseman Justin Morneau noticed Everett leaning the wrong
way off third and fired a strike to Tony Batista at the bag.
Batista tagged out Everett to complete the triple play and close
the inning with the Twins leading 8-5. Sexson scored from third on
"That wasn't the first time that's happened to me," Johjima
said through an interpreter. "I regret more by not getting the job
done. That's the worst thing that could happen."
It was the Twins' first triple play since July 17, 1990, at
Boston, the night they turned two triple plays in one game, the
only time in history that has been accomplished.
Raul Ibanez had a home run and three RBI for the Mariners, who
lost their third game in a row and continued to struggle to cash in
on opportunities for big innings.
The Mariners have loaded the bases with nobody out three times
in the first two games of this series, but have managed just one
Manager Mike Hargrove then watched his team load the bases to
start the game on Saturday. But Bonser (1-0) struck out Sexson,
Everett and Beltre to get out of the inning unscathed.
After each strikeout, the Metrodome's big screen showed the
hitter swinging, followed by a cartoonish "BOOF!" spinning onto
the picture, a play on the fight scenes from the old "Batman"
Then came the triple play in the eighth, which doomed the
Mariners to their third straight loss and ninth in 11 games at the
"We've got to find a way to turn that around, plain and
simple," Hargrove said. "We're leaving a lot of runs out there
that are there for the taking."
Bonser gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings, but
needed 97 pitches in his second career start.
The Mariners scored all four of their runs in the second on a
broken-bat single by Willie Bloomquist and Ibanez's 460-foot home
run that hit off the facing of the second deck for a 4-1 lead.
Moyer, who entered the game 7-0 in games at the Metrodome for
the Mariners, gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- and 11 hits in
The Twins reclaimed the lead with three runs in the third on a
double by Hunter and Cuddyer's two-run homer that made it 5-4. He
also had a double and three RBI.
Castro's first homer in 164 at-bats, dating to last Sept. 6,
made it 6-4 in the sixth.
Castillo had three hits to snap an 0-for-14 skid and Torii
Hunter had two RBI for the Twins, who were just happy to be on the
good end of a triple play this time around.
It was a little extra special for Castillo, whose popup bunt
started the back-breaking triple play in the Twins' loss to the
"I said, 'We got it!" Castillo said with a smile. "Last
time, they got me. Now we got the other team."
Minnesota Vikings Adam Goldberg and Jermaine Wiggins
participated in a home run derby before the game. Goldberg hit two,
and Wiggins came up empty in a contest won by Twins mascot T.C. the
bear. ... Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki made several impressive plays in
right, including a leaping grab of a line drive by Castro in the