Mike Zunino hits a three-run homer and Mitch Haniger hits a two-run shot off Twins starter Ervin Santana and four relievers help preserve win

ZUNINOAfter a couple of big scoring affairs by both teams, the Seattle Mariners settled things down on Wednesday, as Mitch Haniger and Mike Zunino homered and pitchers kept the Minnesota hitters in check in a 6-4 win at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Mariners (33-34) go for the series win at 10 a.m. Thursday with Ariel Miranda (6-2, 3.67) pitching for Seattle opposite Jose Berrios (5-1, 2.84).

The Mariners roughed up Twins starter Ervin Santana on Wednesday.

Haniger hit a two-run homer off Santana in the first inning. Then, Zunino went deep for a three-run shot in the third inning.

Eduardo Escobar and Byron Buxton hit solo homers off Seattle starter Sam Gaviglio (3-1) in the fifth inning.

Danny Valencia's RBI single gave the Mariners a 6-2 lead, a cushion that helped because Minnesota's Miguel Sano hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning.

Ben Gamel, who made a sensational catch in left field, had three hits, as did Robinson Cano. The Mariners had 12 hits.

Gaviglio allowed five hits and four runs while striking out five and walking none in 5 1/3 innings. Four relievers pitched scoreless ball, including closer Edwin Diaz (11th save).

The Mariners won the first game of the series 14-3 and the Twins countered with a 20-7 pasting in the second game.

The Twins are 33-29.

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