Coming off the most productive game of his three-year career, Victor Martinez will try to lead the Cleveland Indians to another win over the Seattle Mariners when the teams continue their four-game series at Safeco Field.
The switch-hitting All-Star catcher hit three of the Indians’ club record-tying eight homers and drove in a career-high seven runs in an 18-6 rout on Friday.
Martinez finished 5-for-5, hitting a three-run homer and a solo shot from the right side of the plate and a solo shot from the left. He also had a two-run single.
The 18 runs and 21 hits by the Indians were season highs. Cleveland’s eight homers tied the club record originally set at Milwaukee on April 25, 1997.
C.C. Sabathia, who will start this game for the Indians, is 0-2 with a 4.60 ERA in five career starts against Seattle. The 23-year-old left-hander lost 7-3 to the Mariners on May 26, surrendering six runs and 11 hits over 6 2-3 innings.
Sabathia, however, has won three of his last four decisions overall, and is 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA in seven road starts this year.
The Mariners have lost 10 of 11.
Justin Leone homered and drove in four runs for Seattle. The third baseman, recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on July 1, is batting .438 (7-for-16) with two homers and six RBIs over his last six games.