Seattle Survives Late Rally to Take Series Opener; Mariners 3, Indians 2

Close, but no cigar.

Trevor Bauer pitched into the seventh inning, his best start on the road during his young Major League career, but it wasn’t enough to log his first victory away from Progressive Field. A home run by Endy Chavez was enough for the Seattle Mariners to win 3-2 Friday evening, despite a late, ninth inning rally by the Tribe.

Chavez wreaked havoc all evening on Bauer and the Tribe. He started the bottom of the first inning with an infield single to shortstop and stole second base with two outs in the inning. Kyle Seager came through with a two-out, single to center field and Chavez scampered home to score the game’s first run, putting Seattle up 1-0.

Cleveland answered back in the top of the third inning against Seattle starter, Chris Young. After Nick Swisher started the inning with a ground out to the pitcher, David Murphy walked Michael Bourn singled to right field to put runners on the corners with just one out. Asdrubal Cabrera was hit-by-pitch to load the bases before Michael Brantley hit a sacrifice fly to left field to tie the game, 1-1.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Mariners mustered a two-out rally in the top of the fourth. After Logan Morrison was doubled off of first base on a running catch by Brantley in left field, Michael Saunders singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Dustin Ackley walked before Brad Miller singled to center field and Seattle re-took the lead, 2-1 and would never look back in the game.

Bauer was strong, pitching into the seventh inning, but with one out in the seventh Chavez struck again. His first home run of the season was a solo shot to right field, just squeaking over the fence. The 362-foot blast staked the Mariners to a 3-1 lead and an insurance run they would later need.

Bauer (2-4) pitched six and one-third innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out five on 111 pitches. The young, starting pitcher has still not won a big league game on the road, but Friday’s effort was his best attempt as a Cleveland Indian. Kyle Crockett finished the seventh in place of Bauer. Vinnie Pestano and Nick Hagadone pitched the eighth inning for the Indians.

Meanwhile, Seattle’s starter was lifted after just five innings. Young (7-4) pitched five innings, allowing just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Joe Beimel replaced him to pitch the sixth inning, followed by Danny Farquhar in the seventh, Yoervis Medina and Charlie Furbush in the eighth and Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning.

Cleveland gave the Mariners a scare in the ninth inning. Swisher hit a one-out single to right field to start the rally. Murphy grounded out, but advanced Swisher to second base on the out. Bourn then came through with a two-out base hit to right field to score Swisher and cut the deficit to 3-2. With the go-ahead run at the plate, Cabrera popped out to shortstop to end the game. Rodney hung on to earn his 22nd save of the season.

Cleveland had just seven hits in the game—including three from Bourn and two more from Jason Kipnis. Seattle pounded out 11 hits, keyed by Chavez’s pair and three more from Seager.

The Tribe can even the series Saturday night when Josh Tomlin (4-5, 4.39) takes the mound for Cleveland. He’ll be opposed by Seattle’s Roenis Elias (7-5, 3.74). Game time is slated for 10:10 p.m. ET from Safeco Field.

Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP Photo

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