Indians 10, Mariners 6
Crisp hit a leadoff homer and Travis Hafner homered and drove in a career-high four runs as Cleveland had 15 hits and snapped Joel Pineiro’s eight-game winning streak with a 10-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
Crisp, who had just one career home run coming in and none this season, opened the game by hitting a 3-1 pitch from Pineiro into the Mariners bullpen in right field to snap the right-hander’s scoreless streak at 19 2-3 innings.
“Maybe it gave the guys coming up confidence to see a guy with zero homers hit one out,” Crisp said.
“It was bound to happen,” Pineiro said. “I had a good streak. I’ll come out Monday and start another one.”
The Indians ended a five-game losing streak by pounding Pineiro (13-6) for seven runs and 10 hits in 2 2-3 innings—his shortest outing of the season. The 24-year-old Pineiro lost for the first time in 10 starts since June 11 against Montreal.
“They hit everything,” Pineiro said. “I have no excuses.”
Jake Westbrook (5-6) won for the first time in four starts since July 12. The right-hander allowed six runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings.
“The overall numbers won’t show it, but Jake was outstanding,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “They got a couple big hits on good pitches.”
The Mariners, who had won six of their previous seven, were a bit short-handed in the bullpen. Seattle traded Jeff Nelson back to the New York Yankees for Armando Benitez a few hours before game time and still didn’t have Kazuhiro Sasaki available. The closer, sidelined since June 6 with broken ribs, rejoined the team at about the time Nelson left the clubhouse—but was not activated.
“We held two pitchers back, but went one deeper than I would have liked,” manager Bob Melvin said after using three relievers.
Melvin said he isn’t certain if Benitez will report to the club in Cleveland or remain in New York and join the Mariners when they start a three-game series there Friday night.
During Seattle’s four-run sixth, Blake made a diving stop of a sharp grounder by Bret Boone and threw out Mark McLemore trying to score. Crisp ended the inning with a running catch in the gap in left-center to take a possible extra-base hit from John Mabry with two runners on.
“I didn’t think I could get it,” Crisp said. “I actually couldn’t see it in the lights, but reached out and it hit my glove.
“Casey’s play was better, though. It came earlier and meant more.”
After McLemore walked to open the seventh, McDonald snared a high bouncer by Ichiro Suzuki, tagged the runner and threw to first for a double play—just the second turned against the speedy leadoff man in 469 at-bats this season.
Cleveland made it 6-0 in the second, scoring four runs with two outs.
Blake singled and scored from first on a double to the wall in left-center by Hafner. Two outs later, McDonald singled home Hafner and moved to third on Crisp’s single. Jody Gerut followed with a single, snapping an 0-for-13 streak with his first RBI in nine games.
Westbrook retired the first 10 batters until Rey Sanchez singled up the middle in the fourth. Bret Boone followed with his 29th homer, an opposite-field shot to right on a 1-2 pitch to make it 7-2.
Hafner’s sixth homer, a three-run shot off Aaron Looper, gave Cleveland a 10-2 lead in the fourth.
A two-out RBI single by Edgar Martinez and a three-run homer by John Olerudin the sixth made it 10-6.
Olerud has five homers and 18 RBIs over his last eight games, batting .345 (10-for-29). … Actor Rob Reiner threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … Cleveland is 5-14 since the All-Star break. … Seattle fell to 6-11 in Wednesday games. … Wedge moved Gerut up to the second spot and dropped Blake to No. 5 one night after the top five in the order went 0-for-20 in a 2-1 loss.The new top five went 9-for-23 with six runs and five RBIs.
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