Indians 7, Mariners 2

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CLEVELAND (AP)—The Cleveland Indians now have a second win worth bragging about this season.

They weren’t celebrating it, though.

Rookie Jason Davis pitched seven strong innings and the Indians roughed up Freddy Garcia in a 7-2 win Wednesday night over the Seattle Mariners.

The victory was only Cleveland’s second of 2003 against a team with a winning record. The Indians had been 1-12 against teams above .500, and it was their first win against a West Coast team. They had been 0-12 vs. Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim.

“We finally got a win against a real good team,” rookie second baseman Brandon Phillips said. “We finally beat Seattle.”

But Cleveland’s clubhouse was quieter than usual following the game.

An Indians spokesman kept reporters waiting in a hallway outside Eric Wedge’s office while Cleveland’s first-year manager had a private meeting with center fielder Milton Bradley.

Bradley was pulled from the game after flying out to left in the sixth inning and replaced by Jody Gerut.

“We didn’t see eye-to-eye on something, and we talked about it,” Wedge said. “That’s all I’m going to comment on that. We’ll talk about it again tomorrow.”

Bradley, who recently came off the 15-day disabled list, has a history of run-ins with managers, umpires and teammates during his career. He was unavailable for comment.

Davis (3-4) gave up two runs—one earned—and four hits against one of the AL’s toughest lineups. The right-hander struck out a career-high seven for his first win since April 20.

“I kept waiting to have a good outing to get me going,” Davis said. “Now, I’ve got one.”

Matt Lawton and Ellis Burks drove in two runs apiece, and Ben Broussard went 3-for-4 with a solo homer for Cleveland.

The Mariners, who came in leading the AL in fielding, made a season-high three errors behind Garcia (3-5), who had his second straight shaky start.

“Freddy got some tough breaks,” said first baseman John Olerud, whose error in the second inning allowed a run to score. “We made some mistakes that really hurt.”

The right-hander allowed seven runs—four earned—and eight hits in six innings. By the time Garcia settled down, he was already trailing 6-1 after three innings.

Garcia was coming off an atrocious start in which the New York Yankees pounded him for nine runs in one inning and chased him after 2 2-3 innings.

He nearly had another one-inning meltdown in the second, throwing two wild pitches and hitting a batter as the Indians scored three times to take a 4-1 lead.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Garcia, who has a 13.49 ERA in his last two starts. “I feel good. I feel confident. I had a good fastball, a good changeup and even threw some sliders. I have to keep battling.”

After two singles in Cleveland’s second, Phillips hit an RBI double and scored one out later when Olerud booted Omar Vizquel’s grounder. Following a wild pitch, Burks hit an RBI groundout to make it 4-1.

The Indians added two runs in the third, set up by Seattle shortstop Carlos Guillen’s two-out fielding error. Phillips then walked on a close 3-2 pitch Garcia thought was a strike, and Lawton followed with a two-run double to right-center.

“That was not one of our better games,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. “It was uncharacteristic of this team, especially on defense.”

Seattle got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a single, Davis’ two-base throwing error and a wild pitch.

Edgar Martinez’s eighth homer—an opposite-field shot to right—gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead in the first.

The Indians tied it in the bottom of the inning on Burks’ RBI double.

Notes

Burks has 1,199 career RBIs and 399 doubles. … Seattle 2B Bret Boone didn’t start for the first time this season. Melvin just wanted to give him a day off. … Broussard got his first hit since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday. Broussard’s single opened Cleveland’s two-run second. … Seattle had not made three errors in a game since May 17 last season at Boston…. The Mariners are 0-10 when scoring three runs or fewer.

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