SEATTLE — Chris Colabello had a chance to make a significant difference for the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. However, his third-inning fly ball just wasn't hit high enough.
After hitting a two-run homer in the previous inning, Colabello was robbed of a three-run shot by Seattle right fielder Endy Chavez and the Mariners held on to beat the Twins 6-4.
Colabello said he had seen this before.
"Part of the game, I guess," Colabello said. "He's notorious for robbing homers. I remember the one he had way back in the (2006) LCS for the Mets against the Cardinals."
The catch kept the Twins' lead at 2-0 instead of having it increase to 5-0.
"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."
That separation was what Twin manager Ron Gardenhire was hoping for.
"That keeps the game at two. It could have been five," he 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."
Nick Franklin hit two home runs, including a three-run shot in the fourth inning, and Michael Saunders added a solo shot to help Seattle get a split of the teams' four-game series.
Colabello got the Twins started in the second. Ryan Doumit opened with a double that had to be verified by the umpire crew on TV replay. Chavez reached over the wall to deflect it back. The ball caromed off the top of the wall, on the yellow line, and bounced onto the warning track.
Doumit scored on the next pitch as Colabello deposited his second career home run over the wall in straightaway center.
One inning later, Chavez faced nearly the exact situation again. With Brian Dozier on second and Doumit on first with two outs, Colabello drove one high to right. Chavez took a leap at the wall, reached over and this time brought it back in his glove.
"The second I had more time to get to the fence," Chavez said. "The first one was kind of a line drive. And I had to hurry up to jump. But I could have made both."
Down 2-1, the Mariners went ahead with a four-run fourth. Saunders tied it with his seventh home run to open the inning, deep into the right-field second deck at 428 feet.
After Henry Blanco reached on a fielder's choice and Brad Miller walked, Franklin then connected on a 1-1 pitch from Kyle Gibson (2-3) to put the Mariners ahead 5-2.
"I was trying to go in and it came right back over the middle," Gibson said on the pitch to Saunders. "The same for Franklin. It was the same exact pitch, same exact location really."
Franklin, who struck out three times in the Twins' 4-0 win Saturday, said, "honestly I was just trying to get the team going. I just tried to make contact and not try to so anything too special."
Franklin added another, his 10th, to right field with one out in the seventh. His 10 home runs and his 32 RBI are the most among American League rookies.