The American League Championship Series is under way at the Kingdome in Seattle as the Mariners host the Cleveland Indians, hot off of an ALDS series sweep of the Boston Red Sox. Their winning ways run out as they drop a 3-2 decision to the M’s for their first playoff loss since 1954.
Seattle scores a pair in the second on a two-run home run by third baseman Mike Blowers off of Martinez. The Indians responded the next half inning, as Carlos Baerga and Albert Belle reach on a single and a walk and, after an out, Baerga scores on a single by Jim Thome. Manny Ramirez will load the bases with a single, but Paul Sorrento grounds into a double play to end the threat.
The Indians claim the lead in the seventh, when Belle homers off of Wolcott, but Luis Sojo gives the Mariners the lead right back for good in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI-double off of Martinez that scores Jay Buhner from second.