American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Seattle
(Tuesday, July 23rd)
Final Score: Seattle 4, Cleveland 3
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Erasmo Ramirez pitched into the sixth inning
for his second major league win, and the Seattle Mariners took advantage of a
crucial base-running mistake by the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning to
hold on for a 4-3 victory.
Kyle Seager had three hits and an RBI for the Mariners, who extended their
season-high winning streak to eight games.
The 23-year-old Ramirez (1-0), who missed the start of the season due to an
elbow injury and put in some work in the minor leagues before getting recalled
on July 11, allowed eight hits and three runs over 5 2/3 frames.
All of the game's runs were scored over the first three innings, but the
Indians had a golden opportunity to tie the game in the ninth against Tom
Wilhelmsen. Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall singled to put runners at the
corners with nobody out.
Yan Gomes then grounded a ball to Seager at third, who threw to second baseman
Nick Franklin for the force play. Pinch-runner Drew Stubbs strayed off third
and was caught in a rundown before being tagged out by Seager. Michael Bourn
was caught looking at strike three on a full count to end the game, as
Wilhelmsen nailed down his 23rd save of the year.
"A great job by those guys hanging in there. Nick's eyes were on Stubbs, who
got himself hung up there," Mariners interim manager Robby Thompson said.
Indians starter Zach McAllister (4-6), who was activated off the 15-day
disabled list earlier in the day, allowed eight hits and four runs -- three
earned -- over five innings.
"I thought he had a very good changeup and kept his composure. We're making
him throw a lot of pitches. I thought he did a very good job," Indians manager
Terry Francona said.
The Indians, losers in four of their last five games, got a two-run homer from
Gomes in the second inning.
That occurred after the team's exchanged runs in the first with Asdrubal
Cabrera singling in one in the top half and Seager stroking an RBI double in
the bottom portion.
The Mariners went ahead with three runs in the third. Raul Ibanez and Kendrys
Morales had back-to-back doubles to start the inning.Seager singled, and with
one out Michael Saunders doubled. Seager scored on a wild pitch and Saunders
came home with the go-ahead tally on Mike Zunino's single to right.
The Mariners were again without manager Eric Wedge, who also missed Monday's
game after a bout with dizziness ... The Indians opened a roster spot for
McAllister by optioning pitcher C.C. Lee to Columbus (IL) ... The Mariners had
homered in 16 straight games at Safeco Field.