Rookie Matt Young allowed only two hits in 8 1/3 innings and Pat Putnam and Julio Cruz homered in the seventh inning to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 2-0 victory over the Twins yesterday in Minneapolis.

Seattle Manager Rene Lachemann lifted Young (2-2) after he had given up the second hit, a single by Darrell Brown. Young, 24, said he didn't mind not finishing.

"I probably could have completed the game," he said. "But we are fortunate to have a strong relief pitcher like (Bill) Caudill to come in and finish up at the end. That's what he's being paid for."

Caudill got his third save quickly with two grounders.

"I thought Young did a great job of getting ahead of the hitters," Lachemann said. "He was ahead of 16 of the 29 batters he faced and had to throw only 100 pitches."

Young, a former UCLA player, struck out four.

Putnam led off the seventh with his first homer of the year. Cruz followed one out later with his second.

Minnesota first baseman Kent Hrbek left the game in the second inning after Young hit him on the right forearm. X-rays showed no fracture, but Hrbek's arm will be in a plastic cast for a couple of days.