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Continued: Nick Franklin hits 2 homers and drives in 4 to help Mariners beat Twins 6-4

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The one he caught became a significant play.

"That keeps the game at two. It could have been five," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He made a great play on two of them out there. That's a big three points at the time. Big play, big play for him, and another nice swing by Colabello. Unfortunately, he made a play."

Colabello knew it was an important one.

"It would have been nice to put one over or off the wall for the team, get a couple more runs, a little more separation," he said.

The Mariners got a run in the third. Miller singled, went to third on Franklin's single and scored when Kyle Seager hit a sacrifice fly.

The Twins closed to 5-4 in the sixth on Clete Thomas' RBI single and Aaron Hicks' sacrifice fly.

Franklin and Miller turned a slick double play in the ninth when Pedro Florimon hit a grounder behind second. Miller flagged it down and flipped to Franklin, who touched the bag and tossed to first.

"That was special," Thompson said. "I was hoping to just get one out of that and we ended up turning a double play. Great way to end it there."

NOTES: The Mariners closed their clubhouse before the game for a brief visit from manager Eric Wedge, sidelined after a mild stroke July 22. He has missed seven games and will skip the upcoming six-game road trip. "Eric came in and said hello to the boys," Thompson said. "He walked in as proud, strong and tall as Eric always is and it was good for the guys to see him." ... After the game, the Twins optioned catcher Drew Butera to Triple-A Rochester. All-Star catcher Joe Mauer will be reinstated from the restricted list Monday and is expected to be in uniform Tuesday night against Kansas City. Mauer spent the maximum three days on the paternity list following the birth of his twin daughters Wednesday, then was moved to the restricted list for two days. ... RHP Rich Harden, injured for much of his nine-year big league career, was granted his release by the Twins. "He's had a lat, shoulder and a variety of things," assistant GM Rob Antony said. "He just couldn't get healthy." Harden had been working out at the team's facility in Fort Myers, Fla. ... Dozier left in the sixth with lower back stiffness. "I did something two nights ago and it locked up on me a couple times," he said. "It's just a little back spasm." ... During the seventh-inning stretch, a fan in the third deck let loose dozens of dollar bills into the air to advertise an event. The bills fluttered above the crowd and the field, delaying the game momentarily while they settled.

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