Josh Willingham has been as valuable as any Twins player this season, but Thursday he took his turn adding water to their sinking ship.
Willingham had two disappointing at-bats early in the 5-4 loss to Seattle at Target Field, as the Twins missed chances to build a bigger lead against Mariners starter Blake Beavan.
Then in the sixth inning, Willingham dropped a routine fly ball, helping the Mariners move ahead by three runs.
Of course, Willingham has the ability to change things with one swing, and he lined a two-run homer in the eighth inning -- his 33rd of the season -- to pull the Twins within a run.
They put runners at the corners in the ninth on two walks, but Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen got Ben Revere to hit a weak roller to first base, ending the game.
"I just didn't do a whole lot today early to help us win the game today," Willingham said.
The Twins fell to 4-17 in their past 21 games and dropped three of four to the Mariners, finishing the season series 2-8 against the last-place team in the American League West.
"The last couple games were a lot more fun than the others -- other than the big inning [Thursday] -- so hopefully we can build off of that," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
|Philadelphia - WP: R. Hernandez||2||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: D. Fister||1|
|Seattle - LP: R. Elias||1||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: W. Chen||2|
|Texas - LP: J. Williams||2||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar||12|
|Colorado - LP: F. Morales||2||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Verlander||4|
|Cincinnati - WP: M. Latos||5||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: J. Cosart||2|
|San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong||5||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: J. Niese||1|
|LA Angels - WP: M. Shoemaker||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Hellickson||3|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Capuano||3||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo||4|
|Minnesota - LP: C. Fien||8||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: J. Guerra||10|
|Toronto - LP: A. Loup||1||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: J. Veras||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta||7||FINAL|
|St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright||4|
|Kansas City - WP: J. Guthrie||1||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: S. Gray||0|
|Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson||9||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: B. Schultz||4|
|Atlanta - LP: M. Minor||1||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: E. Stults||10|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks||8||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - LP: D. Haren||2|
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|Indianapolis||8/7/14 6:00 PM|
|San Francisco||8/7/14 6:30 PM|
|New England||8/7/14 6:30 PM|
|Cincinnati||8/7/14 7:00 PM|
|Seattle||8/7/14 8:00 PM|
|Dallas||8/7/14 9:00 PM|
|Sporting Kansas City||1|
|Saskatchewan||8/7/14 7:30 PM|
|Edmonton||8/8/14 6:00 PM|
|Hamilton||8/8/14 9:00 PM|
|Ottawa||8/9/14 6:30 PM|
|Winnipeg||8/12/14 6:30 PM|