Indians rally past Mariners in extrasMay 17, 2012 - 11:21 PM
The Mariners had broken a 4-4 tie in the top of the 11th against Joe Smith (4-1) when Michael Saunders doubled home Dustin Ackley.
But Brandon League's (0-3) poor control sparked a another comeback for the Indians, who had erased a 4-1 deficit on Jose Lopez's two-out, three-run homer in the eighth.
League walked two of the first three batters he faced, and an Asdrubal Cabrera single plated Lopez with the tying run. After League walked pinch-hitter Aaron Cunningham to load the bases, Santana won the game with a base hit to center field.
"My control was just absolutely unacceptable today," said League. "I don't remember the last time I walked three guys in 1/3 of an inning."
Zach McAllister gave up four runs -- three earned -- on three hits and five walks in a 5 2/3-inning start for Cleveland, which matched a season high with its fourth straight win.
"We just battled and came back there and were able to get the win," remarked Cleveland slugger Travis Hafner. "It was a huge win for us."
Hector Noesi was in line for the win before Steve Delabar served up the home run to Lopez. Noesi, who entered Thursday's contest with a 8.27 road ERA, limited the Indians to a run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings.
The Mariners have lost 12 of 13 away from Safeco Field.
Seattle scored its first two runs without the benefit of a hit. Brendan Ryan and Ackley drew consecutive one-out walks in the third and Ryan scored on a Saunders groundout after a double steal.
In the fifth, the Mariners loaded the bases on two walks and an error, and a passed ball forced in a run.
Seattle went up 4-0 in the sixth when John Jaso doubled in a run and scored on a Ryan single.
The Indians got on the board in the seventh after Lucas Luetge replaced Noesi with a runner on first. Luetge issued a two-out walk to Jason Kipnis before Cabrera slapped a run-scoring single to left.
Delabar walked Santana to begin the eighth, but after the next two batters were retired, Casey Kotchman doubled and Lopez, a former Mariner, crushed a 2-0 pitch to left field.
League blew his third save of the season, and second against the Indians (April 19)...Ackley singled to lead off the game, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games...The Mariners were 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position.
- SEATTLE: 5
May 17 4:15 PM
- Carlos Santana single to center scored Jason Kipnis with one out to end the game.
Mariners 5, Indians 6 Bot 11, 1 OutMay 17 4:15 PM
- Asdrubal Cabrera single to right scored Jose Lopez. On the play, Jason Kipnis advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Travis Hafner due up.
Mariners 5, Indians 5 Bot 11, 1 OutMay 17 4:07 PM
- Michael Saunders double to center scored Dustin Ackley. Runner on second with one out and Ichiro Suzuki due up.
Mariners 5, Indians 4 Top 11, 1 OutMay 17 3:55 PM
- Jose Lopez two-out, three-run Home Run (2) to left scored Carlos Santana and Casey Kotchman. Shin-Soo Choo due up.
Mariners 4, Indians 4 Bot 8, 2 OutsMay 17 2:55 PM
- Asdrubal Cabrera single to left scored Casey Kotchman. On the play, Jason Kipnis advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Travis Hafner due up.
Mariners 4, Indians 1 Bot 7, 2 OutsMay 17 2:26 PM
- Brendan Ryan single to center scored John Jaso. On the play, Mike Carp advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Dustin Ackley due up.
Mariners 4, Indians 0 Top 6, 2 OutsMay 17 1:48 PM
- John Jaso double to right scored Kyle Seager. Runner on second with two outs and Mike Carp due up.
Mariners 3, Indians 0 Top 6, 2 OutsMay 17 1:40 PM
- Zach McAllister's wild pitch scored John Jaso. On the play, Dustin Ackley advances to second and Brendan Ryan advances to third on a wild pitch Runners on second and third with two outs and Ichiro Suzuki at the plate.
Mariners 2, Indians 0 Top 5, 2 OutsMay 17 1:27 PM
- Michael Saunders ground out short to first scored Brendan Ryan. On the play, Dustin Ackley advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Ichiro Suzuki due up.
Mariners 1, Indians 0 Top 3, 2 OutsMay 17 12:52 PM
- SEATTLE: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 17 12:07 PM
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