MINNEAPOLIS -- The give and take of the Seattle Mariners' season continues. The memory of a 7-2 trip and being two games over .500 is fading fast.
Seattle lost its fourth straight game Saturday night, falling, 4-3, to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Mariners (20-22) have lost seven of their last 11 games.
Starter Roenis Elias (3-3) took the loss, pitching seven innings and giving up four runs on six hits.
Brian Dozier had a part in all four of Minnesota's runs.
Dozier started the game with a single and later scored on a two-out double by Kurt Suzuki to make it 1-0.
Elias managed to keep the Twins scoreless for the next three innings.
The Mariners even managed to give him a lead. Brad Miller drew a one-out walk off Twins starter Samuel Deduno to start the third inning. He scored moments later when James Jones tripled down the right-field line, notching the first RBI of his major-league career. Michael Saunders gave Seattle a 2-1 lead, skying a fly ball to deep right field that allowed Jones to tag up and score easily.
Elias couldn't hold the lead. In the fifth inning, he gave up back-to-back one-out singles to Aaron Hicks and Eduardo Escobar -- the No. 8 and 9 hitters in the Twins' lineup. Dozier continued to torment the Mariners, sitting on a hanging curveball from Elias and blasting it into the stands in left-center field. The three-run homer was his 11th of the season and second of the series. In nine career games against the Mariners, Dozier has hit four homers.
Seattle cut the lead to 4-3 in the eighth inning when Saunders blasted a solo homer to right field off reliever Jared Burton. Seattle had the tying run on second after Corey Hart doubled with two outs off Burton. But Kyle Seager struck out to end the inning.
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