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Indians comeback falls short vs. Seattle

By PAUL HOYNES • Apr 26, 2018 at 11:02 PM

CLEVELAND — The Mariners operated with cool efficiency in the early going Thursday evening at Progressive Field. The Indians returned the favor in the late innings.

But the Mariners were a little more efficient when it counted as they beat the Indians, 5-4, on consecutive doubles by Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager in the eighth inning.

Lefty James Paxton struck out 10 in six innings for Seattle, but his problems with Yonder Alonso continued. In the second game of the season, way back on March 31, Alonso hit a grand slam off Paxton as the Indians beat Seattle, 6-5.

On Thursday night, Paxton was cruising with a 4-0 lead when Alonso hurt him again with a two-out, two-run homer in the sixth to make it 4-2. Alonso has 15 RBI this season, six have come at Paxton's expense.

The Indians tied it with two runs in the seventh. Jason Kipnis doubled home Francisco Lindor and Edwin Encarnacion scored Kipnis with a two-out single.

Dan Otero and newcomer Jeff Beliveau started the eighth with two quick outs. Nick Goody relieved and allowed consecutive doubles to Cruz and Seager to give Seattle the lead and the game.

Tribe starter Mike Clevinger retired seven straight to start the game, but then allowed four runs in rapid succession. Clevinger had two out in the third when Ryon Healy, just off the disabled list, singled. The next three batters - Dee Gordon, Jean Segura and Robinson Cano - hit safely as well to give the Mariners a 3-0 lead.

It happened so fast that the outburst barely drew a reaction from the crowd on another cold night at the ballpark. Gordon tripled home Healy. Segura doubled home Gordon and Cano singled home Segura.

Seattle made it 4-0 in the fourth. Seager, who entered the series as a lifetime .360 (31-for-86) hitter at Progressive Field, hit a leadoff single. He moved to second on a grounder to third and scored when Mike Zunino blooped a single into right field.

The Mariners lost a run in the fifth when a home run by Cano was ruled a double after a review ordered by crew chief Mark Wegner. Cano's two-out drive to the wall in left center field was originally called a home run by Wegner.

After manager Terry Francona talked to the umpires, they called for a review. The original call was over turned and Cano was stranded at second. The review took 1 minute and 16 seconds.

Clevinger, in his first appearance against the Mariners, allowed four runs on six hits in six innings. Paxton struck out 10 and allowed two runs in six innings.

Goody (0-1) took the loss, while Dan Altavilla (2-2) was credited with the win. Edwin Diaz converted his 11th save in as many opportunities to secure the win for the Mariners.

What it means

Home runs have accounted for 19 of the Indians' last 32 runs (59 percent).

The pitches

Clevinger threw 88 pitches, 59 (67 percent) for strikes. Paxton threw 100 pitches, 70 (70 percent) for strikes.

Thanks for coming

The Mariners and Indians drew 12,133 to Progressive Field on Thursday night. First pitch was at 6:10 p.m. with a temperature of 48 degrees.

Up next

Right-hander Corey Kluber (3-1, 1.96) will face the Mariners and right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (0-1, 9.64) at 7:10 p.m. tonight. SportsTime Ohio and WMMS/FM 100.7 will carry the game.

Kluber pitched the season opener against Mariners on March 29. He threw a complete game, but lost 2-1. Nelson Cruz's two-run homer in the first inning was the difference. He's 3-2 with a 1.68 ERA in five starts against Seattle.

Ramirez will be making his second start of the season. He opened the year on the disabled list a strained lat muscle. He is 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA in seven appearances against the Indians.

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