Now, the task is up to starter Blake Beavan to right the ship Thursday. To do that, Beavan will also have to correct his own problems, as he gave up four runs in five innings his last time on the hill, taking the loss against the White Sox.
"Everything was a little off. I didn't have a good feel for anything," Beavan said after the game. "I tried to battle as much as I could and make pitches when they counted. For me, it all starts with the fastball. But it's hard when your other stuff isn't where you want it and you don't have a good feel for your curve or slider. So that was a battle."
The Twins will counter with lefty Brian Duensing, who will be making his 44th appearance but just 11th start. His last time out, a start on Aug. 25, Duensing pitched just 2 1/3 innings. He exited after allowing nine runs on 10 hits, including a pair of home runs.
"You can work and throw bullpens as much as you want, but if you don't translate it to the game, it's pointless," Duensing said after his last outing.
Mariners: Saunders not quite ready to return
Outfielder Michael Saunders was held out of the lineup for the fifth straight day on Wednesday because a slight strain in his right groin muscle had yet to heal. Saunders was hurt on the final play of Friday's game, when he collided with teammate Eric Thames while both were trying to make a play on a fly ball.
"The biggest fear, especially in the outfield, you can't really control it, you just have to react," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "And with his leg, if he breaks and clips it, he'll be done for the year. And that's the last thing I want to have happen. I want to make sure we have him healthy for the last month."
Twins: Span day-to-day with sprained joint
An MRI revealed that outfielder Denard Span has a sprained joint near his shoulder, which again held him out of the lineup Wednesday. Span admitted he'll have to evaluate where he's at each day.
"I guess we're going to take it day to day," Span said. "It's going to be painful. It's kind of just going to be based on how I feel. There's going to be days when I can go out there and swing, and there's going to be bad days."
The Twins snapped their seven-game losing streak to the Mariners on Wednesday.
Josh Willingham moved into third place in the American League in RBIs on Wednesday with 94.