Mariners hand Twins 11th straight loss, 5-4

September 21, 2011 - 11:10 PM
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Minnesota Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki stopped Kevin Slowey's no-hitter with a two-out infield single in the sixth inning and added an RBI double in the seventh, spurring the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 victory Wednesday night in Minnesota, the 11th straight defeat for the Twins.

This is the third-longest losing streak in Minnesota's 51-season history, behind a 14-game skid in 1982 and 13 in a row in 1961, the first year here after the franchise moved from Washington. The Twins (59-95) need two more wins to top their worst finish in Minnesota, 60-102 in 1982.

Brandon League, who escaped a ninth-inning, no-out, bases-loaded situation to preserve the win the night before, gave up a two-out RBI single to Trevor Plouffe before retiring Brian Dinkelman on a roller in front of the plate with two runners on.