Cleveland (7-10) at Seattle (8-9)

  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Sat Apr 23, 2005
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Ronnie Belliard looks to keep up his strong hitting as the Cleveland Indians continue a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

The second basemen hit his second homer in as many nights to help the Indians snap a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Mariners on Friday.

Belliard hit a three-run shot to put Cleveland ahead 5-0 in the first inning. He is batting .368 (7-for-19) with three homers in the last six games to lead the Indians with four home runs and 10 RBIs.

He had a two-run homer in a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings to the Anaheim Angels on Thursday. The Indians relinquished an early 5-0 lead in the defeat—which he took exceptionally hard.

“We talk about it last night on the plane and again today,” said Belliard, a first-time All-Star last season. “But we come back today.”

The 5-foot-8 second basemen looks to spark up the Indians’ slumping offense. Cleveland put together a surprise run for contention in the AL Central last season on the strength of its bats as seven players posted at least 70 RBIs— including Belliard.

However, the Indians entered the series batting a league-low .233 with just 59 RBIs and 62 runs—also among the worst in the league.

The Mariners fell to 1-2 on their five-game homestand and have lost five of their last eight games.

Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 Friday, and was hitless for just the third time this season. The four-time All-Star outfielder, who set a major league single-season record with 262 hits last season, is 3-for-20 in his last five games.

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