CLEVELAND (AP)—Joel Pineiro put all his survival skills to use for six innings that lacked much artistic value or beauty.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Pineiro said. “But I’ll take it.”
Pineiro (3-3) allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings. But he barely made it past the second when the Indians scored three runs on five hits.
Pineiro, though, settled down and blanked Cleveland on two hits over the next four innings.
“To get through six innings was a borderline miracle,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. “It shows something about his character and makeup.”
Winn, who has flourished batting seventh this season, had a two-run triple and an RBI single as Seattle won for the seventh time in 10 games. Winn is batting .419 (13-for-31) with eight RBIs and seven runs in the eight games he has batted in the No. 7 spot.
“We’ll ride that wave until it runs its course,” Melvin said. “It’s working for us and I think we’ll stick with it for a while.”
The Indians fell to 5-11 at home, and they’re just 1-12 against teams with winning records this season.
“We had some early opportunities to score more runs and we didn’t,” said Indians manager Eric Wedge, whose team stranded seven runners in the first four innings. “When you get an early lead against a good team you have to expand it.”
Winn’s two-run triple highlighted Seattle’s four-run fourth off Brian Anderson (2-4) that gave the Mariners a 6-3 lead.
The Mariners added two runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Winn and Cirillo’s RBI double.
Anderson remained winless since April 9—a span of five starts—by allowing six runs and nine hits in four innings. He dropped to 1-5 in 12 career starts against Seattle.
“They have a good lineup, but that’s no excuse,” Anderson said. “You still have to get hitters out, that’s pathetic.”
Pineiro, who’s had trouble in the early innings this season, gave up three runs in the second as the Indians took a 3-2 lead. Josh Bard doubled leading off, went to third on Casey Blake’s bunt single and scored when third baseman Cirillo threw wildly to first for an error. Matt Lawton and Omar Vizquel followed with RBI singles.
Pineiro was battling himself as much as the Indians early on, but he finally relaxed and the Mariners turned three double plays to help him out.
“Sometimes you need to have a game like that, when you don’t have your best stuff and you still win,” he said. “I was able to keep us in there and we got some runs.”
The Mariners jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first off Anderson, who gave up consecutive singles to Carlos Guillen and Brett Boone. Martinez hit a two-runsingle into the left-field corner but was thrown out trying to stretch it.
Suzuki is batting .341 in his last 19 games, raising his average from .250 to .299. In 10 games this month, he’s hitting .442 with seven multihit games. … Indians OF Milton Bradley, who has hit first and third this season, batted cleanup for the first time in his career. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. … The Mariners are 11-2 against the AL Central. … The Indians are 0-10 against West Coast teams (Seattle, Oakland, Anaheim). … Martinez has been a perennial thorn to Anderson. Seattle’s DH is batting .556 (15-for27) with fourdoubles, three homers and seven career RBIs against the left-hander.