Cleveland Comeback Comes Up Short in Ten Innings; Mariners 10, Indians 7
Bob Toth | On 21, Apr 2016
A tenth inning two-out, three-run home run from Robinson Cano off of closer Cody Allen broke up a 7-7 tie and the Seattle Mariners captured the series win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday afternoon with a 10-7 decision.
The Indians fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth after falling behind big early on. But in the top of the tenth, the M’s struck through against Allen in his second inning of relief.
Steve Clevenger drew a walk to start the inning and was replaced by pinch runner Luis Sardinas. A wild pitch with one out moved him to second and he moved to third on a liner to center from Nori Aoki. After falling behind to Franklin Gutierrez 3-0, Allen worked the count back full before walking the former Tribe outfielder to bring up the dangerous Cano, who delivered the go-ahead blast to straightaway center field on the first pitch of his at bat to break the game open at 10-7.
Steve Cishek worked an economical bottom half, getting a pair of outs in the air and a strikeout to earn his third save of the season and his second of the series.
Cleveland falls to 6-7 with the loss, while Seattle heads to Los Angeles a game under the .500 mark at 7-8 while improving to 6-3 on the road this season.
After a pair of low scoring games dominated by strong pitching, offense was the story of the day. Nate Karns and Cody Anderson matched up on the wet day in downtown Cleveland. Karns was not great, but the Indians offense did not take advantage. He was given seven runs of support before exiting the game in the sixth inning and Anderson was unable to clear the fourth inning in his second straight rough start.
Despite working out of a two-on, one-out jam in the first inning, Anderson could barely escape trouble the rest of his short afternoon. Adam Lind singled the opposite way to left to lead off the second and after a strikeout from Leonys Martin, Clevenger homered to right field to give the Mariners an early 2-0 lead.
Seattle got Seth Smith on after he was hit by an Anderson pitch to start the third and he moved to third an out later on a single by Nelson Cruz to left, but the Mariners slugger was thrown out trying to stretch it to two and Kyle Seager grounded out to leave the runner Smith at third. But in the fourth, Lind started another scoring opportunity for the M’s with a leadoff single. After Martin struck out for the second straight time, Clevenger singled and Ketel Marte did the same to load the bases. Aoki picked up where he left off Wednesday night with a single to right to score Lind while keeping the bases loaded. A sac fly from Smith on the eighth pitch of his at bat made it a 4-0 game and ended the day for Anderson.
Trevor Bauer came on in relief and walked Cano on four straight to reload the bases, but after getting ahead on two strikes looking, four of the next five pitches were balls to Cruz and the bases loaded walk forced in run number five, all charged to Anderson.
After making very little noise in the early innings and stranding three runners on base, the Indians scratched a three onto their half of the score sheet in the fifth against Mariners starter Karns. With one out, Roberto Perez drew his second walk of the day and Tyler Naquin moved him to second with a single to center. First pitch swinging, Rajai Davis cleared the wall in left and deposited three runs into the bleachers to cut Seattle’s lead to 5-3.
In need of a shutdown inning, Bauer could not get the job done in his third inning of relief. Aoki was hit by a pitch with one out and came around to score all the way from first with two outs on a double off of the wall in left by Cano. Cruz drove Cano home on a single past Lindor into left, driving in the seventh run of the game and spelling another trip to the bullpen from Indians manager Terry Francona.
Cleveland got a run back in the bottom of the sixth and knocked Karns out of the game. Carlos Santana, getting the start at first base, drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a one-out double by Jose Ramirez. He was able to move up to third as the throw in got away from the shortstop Marte, and he scored as Lonnie Chisenhall got his first base hit and first RBI of the season to make it a 7-5 game.
The Indians tied it in the bottom of the eighth against Seattle reliever Joaquin Benoit. Marlon Byrd walked and moved to second on a groundout. After Chisenhall struck out, Francona brought in Mike Napoli from the bench to pinch-hit for Perez. The move paid off as three pitches later, Napoli knotted the game at seven with a two-run blast to the bleachers in left.
ANDERSON STRUGGLES AGAIN
In his first start after allowing five runs on nine hits (three homers) in four and two-thirds innings in a loss to the New York Mets, Anderson was again victimized by the long ball. The problems compounded in the fourth, when four of the first five batters singled and a sacrifice fly knocked him out of the game.
BAUER BATTLED BUT BRUISED
Bauer came in from the bullpen and pitched in parts of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. He allowed two runs on three hits, walked two, and struck out two while throwing 41 pitches. Just 22 of those were for strikes.
KARNS HOLDING FIVES
Karns was charged with five runs allowed on five hits in five and one-third innings. He struck out five, but issued four free passes.
Every member of the Seattle starting lineup had at least one hit in the contest as the team combined for 14 hits and five walks off of Indians pitching.
Tribe outfielder Davis extended his hitting streak to seven straight games with his 2-for-5 at the plate. His batting average for the season has climbed from .118 to .250 in that span. He has six singles, two doubles, and two home runs during the streak with five RBI and four stolen bases.
SO MUCH FOR THAT OFF DAY
Santana started at first base and Byrd slotted in as the designated hitter on Thursday afternoon as Napoli got his first day off of the season. It did not last long, as he got the pinch-hitting opportunity in the bottom of the eighth and made it a memorable one, as his two-run homer was the first pinch-hit home run of his eleven-year career.
He entered his at bat in the eighth with one hit in his last eleven at bats after his eight-game hitting streak came to an end in Sunday’s loss to the Mets.
HITTING THE ROAD
It is on to Detroit for the Tribe as the club starts a three-game series with the Tigers on Friday in the first of three straight road series to wrap up the opening month of the season. Josh Tomlin (1-0, 1.80) will get the start for the Indians, while the Tigers will counter with their right-handed ace, Justin Verlander (1-1, 7.16).
Photo: AP Photo/Tony Dejak