Jul 26, 2013 1:47 AM by Andrew Masuda
Santa Maria native Doug Bernier just missed his first big league home run. The 33 year old, who's been in the majors the last week, clubbed a RBI-double in the top of the ninth inning but it wasn't enough as the Minnesota Twins lost 8-2 in Seattle on Thursday.
Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four hits in six shutout innings, and the Seattle Mariners scored six runs in the second.
Iwakuma (10-4), 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.
Bernier entered the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. He is now 3 for 9 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI in five games for the Twins. The former St. Joseph High, Cuesta College and SLO Blues standout is 3 for 13 in seven games overall in his big league career. He's spent 12 seasons in the minor leagues.
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