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CLE@SEA: Ramirez hurls 5 2/3 solid frames to earn win

Saturday's 4-0 win spelled victory for the Twins on the season series with the Mariners, but Seattle still has a chance to split their current four-game set.

While Minnesota holds a 2-1 advantage on the series and a 4-2 advantage on the season, Seattle looks to Erasmo Ramirez in the hopes of capping the series with a win.

The right-hander will make just his third start of the season Sunday. He is 1-0 in two outings with an 8.71 ERA. In only his second season in the Majors, the 23-year-old is finding increased comfort at the new level with each new outing.

"Working, being aggressive, don't think too much and just throw the ball to home plate," Ramirez said. "Not just throw it, but throw it knowing what you want to do. What the hitter does will tell you what to do, what to change. You have to be careful about what they like to swing at, what they're waiting for, and you have to be ready for everything."

The Twins turn to Kyle Gibson, who will be making just the sixth start of his Major League career. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 5.72 ERA. Gibson pitched six innings and gave up two runs and five hits against the Angels in his last start -- with both runs coming off fourth-inning homers.

Gibson, who is still working on settling into his own role in the Twins' rotation, was able to calm down after the homers -- by Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo -- to pitch deep enough into the game for the Minnesota bullpen in what turned out to be a 10-3 Twins victory in 10 innings.

"It feels pretty good to be able to settle down after that," Gibson said. "Pujols hit a good pitch, but on both batters I fell behind the count."

Twins: Morneau's defense shines in Seattle
Despite hitting a home run Saturday, Justin Morneau's bat has not been quite the asset he or the Twins were hoping for this season. But where his offense has not hit the mark of past seasons, his defense still stands out.

"Sometimes the hockey goalie comes out in him," manager Ron Gardenhire said with a smile of Morneau on Saturday morning. "He's underrated defensively. He's a big guy, a real physical guy, but he moves real well. Not too much gets by him."

In the 11th inning Friday night, Morneau made a wide stop at first base to turn a double play with Pedro Florimon, showing off his defensive skill set.

"If you ask me is he a Gold Glover, I'd say, 'absolutely,'" Gardenhire added.

Mariners: Revolving door at catcher continues
Humberto Quintero made his first start as a catcher for the Mariners on Saturday and became the seventh catcher to start a game for Seattle this season, going 0-for-2.

The Mariners' catching corps has been stuck with injuries and transactions, creating a revolving door behind the plate. Quintero was signed Friday to add depth to the position.

"Unfortunately we've got a lot of guys hurt, but you have to use what you have to use," Henry Blanco said. "We're just trying to stay strong and keep winning some ballgames; that's what we need right now."

Worth noting
• The Mariners walked eight Twins on Saturday, including one for a run. The only Twin not to earn a walk was leadoff hitter Brian Dozier. Comments