Indians sweep Mariners, continue hot startApr 10, 2011 - 11:53 PM
Jack Hannahan belted a solo home run for the Indians, who swept this three- game series and have won seven straight overall since losing consecutive games against the White Sox to begin the season. Conversely, Seattle has lost seven straight after back-to-back wins over Oakland to start its campaign.
Cleveland is off to its best start since opening 2002 with an 8-1 record.
Josh Tomlin (2-0) gave up three runs on three hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings to get the win.
"If we play baseball the way we're capable of playing, then it's going to be tough for anybody to beat us," Tomlin said.
Ryan Langerhans and Michael Saunders both homered in the seventh inning for Seattle, while Erik Bedard (0-2) surrendered six runs and 10 hits over four innings.
"It's been a year and a half since I've thrown, so it might take a little while, but I'm working hard and trying to get back as good as I can," Bedard said.
The Indians scored all their runs in the first four innings.
Cabrera, the second batter of the game, launched a home run to left field. Carlos Santana then reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a two- out double by Shelley Duncan.
Consecutive two-out doubles by Lou Marson and Michael Brantley put Cleveland up 3-0 in the second. A Cabrera single plated Brantley for a 4-0 cushion.
Shin-Soo Choo led off the next frame with a single, and Orlando Cabrera lined a two-out double to right field. A throwing error by Ichiro Suzuki allowed Choo to score. Hannahan's leadoff blast made it 6-0 in the fourth.
Justin Smoak lofted a sacrifice fly to put Seattle on the board in the bottom of the inning. The score remained the same until Langerhans crushed a Tomlin offering to right field for a two-run homer. Saunders homered off Cleveland reliever Chad Durbin two batters later.
Tony Sipp tossed a 1-2-3 eighth and Chris Perez duplicated the feat in the ninth for his fourth save.
Seattle relievers David Pauley, Jamey Wright and Brandon League combined to limit Cleveland to just one hit over five innings...Suzuki was 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
- CLEVELAND: 6
Apr 10 7:00 PM
- Michael Saunders two-out, solo Home Run (1) to right. Chris Gimenez due up.
Indians 6, Mariners 4 Bot 7, 2 OutsApr 10 6:18 PM
- Ryan Langerhans one-out, two-run Home Run (2) to right scored Justin Smoak. Luis Rodriguez due up.
Indians 6, Mariners 3 Bot 7, 1 OutApr 10 6:13 PM
- Justin Smoak sacrifice fly to right scored Chone Figgins with two out. Runner on first and Ryan Langerhans due up.
Indians 6, Mariners 1 Bot 4, 2 OutsApr 10 5:30 PM
- Jack Hannahan lead-off Home Run (2) to right. Lou Marson due up.
Indians 6, Mariners 0 Top 4, 0 OutsApr 10 5:06 PM
- Orlando Cabrera doubled to right. On the play, Shin-Soo Choo advances to home on Ichiro Suzuki's throwing error. Runner on second with two outs and Matt LaPorta due up.
Indians 5, Mariners 0 Top 3, 2 OutsApr 10 4:55 PM
- Asdrubal Cabrera singled to right scored Michael Brantley. On the play, Asdrubal Cabrera was thrown out at second from right to catcher to short to end the inning.
Indians 4, Mariners 0 Mid 2Apr 10 4:37 PM
- Michael Brantley doubled to center scored Lou Marson with two out. Runner on second and Asdrubal Cabrera due up.
Indians 3, Mariners 0 Top 2, 2 OutsApr 10 4:35 PM
- Shelley Duncan doubled to center scored Carlos Santana with two out. Runner on second and Orlando Cabrera due up.
Indians 2, Mariners 0 Top 1, 2 OutsApr 10 4:19 PM
- Asdrubal Cabrera one-out, solo Home Run (3) to left. Shin-Soo Choo due up.
Indians 1, Mariners 0 Top 1, 1 OutApr 10 4:14 PM
- CLEVELAND: 0
Top 1, 1 Out
Apr 10 4:12 PM
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