Seattle snaps Tribe win streak
SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz homered twice and Wade Miley pitched seven scoreless innings to pace the Seattle Mariners to a 7-1 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night, snapping the Indians’ six-game winning streak.
Cruz hit a two-run homer in the first inning off starter Cody Anderson (1-4) and added a solo shot in the fifth, his 15th, to put Seattle up 7-0.
Miley (6-2), who had allowed 18 runs in 14 2/3 innings in his last three starts, allowed four hits, striking out three and walking two.
Anderson, who was called up from Triple-A earlier in the day to replace the ailing Danny Salazar, allowed six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Lonnie Chisenhall accounted for the Indians’ run in the eighth with a homer, his second, off Joaquin Benoit. Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for Seattle.
The Mariners, who had lost four straight, tagged Anderson for four runs in the fourth inning with the aid of a botched infield play to take a 6-0 lead.
With runners on first and second and two outs, Adam Lind bounced to shortstop Francisco Lindor. Second baseman Jason Kipnis was late getting to second for the force and by the time Lindor decided to throw to first, Lind had an infield single.
Steve Clevenger then laced a two-run double to right and Sean O’Malley followed with a two-run triple to right-center.
Cruz staked the Mariners to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, following Robinson Cano’s two-out single with his 14th home run.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Seattle’s Seth Smith lined a double off the wall in right field in the first inning, barely sliding in ahead of a perfect throw from right fielder Chisenhall. Cleveland challenged and the call was overturned after an estimated review of 1:01.
Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 3.00 ERA) is making his second start since coming off the DL on June 2 (strained left hamstring). In his last start, he allowed three runs and nine hits in five innings, but did not get a decision.
Mariners: RHP Taijaun Walker (2-6, 3.94 ERA) is struggling to regain his early season form. The 23-year-old is 0-6 with a 5.77 ERA in his last seven starts after going 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four April starts. In his last start, he allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings with four walks.
Indians: Salazar (6-3, 2.24 ERA), scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday due to shoulder fatigue, is on track to make his next start. “He’s on pace,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’ll throw his side on Thursday getting in line for the Sunday start. But, he had a real good day physically.”
Starting C Yan Gomes came out in the bottom of the second with a testicular contusion after being hit in the groin with a foul tip.
Mariners: CF Leonys Martin, on the DL with a strained left hamstring, is scheduled to bat and run the bases in a simulated game on Wednesday, then join Triple-A Tacoma for a rehab game. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Mariners over the weekend. He is eligible to come off the DL on Friday.
RHP Felix Hernandez, on the DL with a strained right calf, was wearing a protective boot on his injured in the club house on Tuesday. “He’s still sore,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “I think it’s one of those injuries to get rid of the soreness, and then it will come pretty quick once he starts feeling a bit better. He’s still feeling it.”
SS Ketel Marte, who was 1 for 3 Monday in his first game off the DL, was scratched from the lineup Tuesday with neck spasms.