MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Alexi Casilla's two-run single capped Minnesota's three-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on Tuesday night.
Brought in to protect a 5-3 lead, Seattle closer Brandon Morrow (0-1) retired his first two batters before walking the bases loaded. Miguel Batista relieved and Denard Span chopped an RBI infield single to third that made it 5-4. Casilla lined the next pitch from Batista up the middle, scoring Brendan Harris and Brian Buscher.
Luis Ayala (1-0) allowed a run in the top of the ninth but earned his first win with the Twins. Michael Cuddyer had two RBIs for Minnesota, which trailed 4-0 after four innings.
Erik Bedard, making his first start for Seattle since July 4, allowed three runs over five innings and struck out eight. Bedard missed the second half of last season because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.
Mariners relievers had 31 blown saves last season, a team record. The bullpen retired 11 in a row before Morrow ran into control problems in the ninth.
Seattle pitchers struck out 12 before Minnesota's offense awakened for the first time this season.
Nick Blackburn, who had 11 wins as a Twins rookie last season, labored through five innings. He allowed four runs and eight hits, but kept it close.
Minnesota played without catcher Mike Redmond, nursing a strained groin. Redmond hopes to play through the injury and hold down the catching duties until All-Star Joe Mauer returns from an injured back.
Notes:@ Former heavyweight boxer Scott LeDoux, now 60 and battling Lou Gehrig's disease, threw out the first pitch. LeDoux fought Larry Holmes, Ken Norton and George Foreman during a career that spanned the late 1970s and early '80s. ... Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu was relieved when Felix Hernandez entered the clubhouse before the game and appeared to be healthy. The Mariners' ace turned his right ankle twice during Monday's win over the Twins. Wakamatsu said there was slight swelling but Hernandez should be fine. ... Suzuki's blood tests should be in soon and the Mariners will determine the next step after seeing the results. ... Twins bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek was back home after missing Monday's opener and spending the night in a hospital after feeling groggy.