Carp’s 5 RBIs lead Mariners past Indians 12-6
Carp hit a grand slam into the second deck in right field and drove in five runs during Seattle’s nine-run third inning, leading the Mariners to a rain-shortened 12-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday.
“It was worth it, to come back from a deficit, get a big inning and get a nice win,” Carp said.
The Mariners came in to make up a rainout from May 15, and played in a steady drizzle before the field was covered at the start of the eighth. After waiting 44 minutes, it was called.
“It’s very unusual,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “Everybody has to do it from time to time. It’s a quick in and out. The geography works OK for us since we head to Minnesota from here, so it’s not horrible. It’s big league baseball. They want everyone to play 162 (games). I respect that. I get that.”
“Last time I faced him (Durbin) in the same situation, bases loaded, he struck me out,” Carp said. “This time, I looked for a fastball inside. He threw a cutter and I put a good swing on it.”
“I thought I made some good pitches, but they came out swinging,” Furbush said.
Furbush allowed six runs and 10 hits over five innings, but managed to snap a personal five-game losing streak. The left-hander struck out a career-high eight, including six in a row from the third through fifth.
“I just tried to throw my fastball in and out while keeping it in the zone,” Furbush said of making an adjustment after falling behind. “I mixed in some pretty good sliders. It helped to get the big lead.”
The Mariners’ third was their biggest inning of the season, surpassing a six-run outburst April 27 at Detroit.
Alex Liddi(notes) hit a two-run homer in the second for Seattle, which snapped Cleveland’s three-game winning streak with its sixth win in its last 18 games. Liddi’s homer was the majors’ first by a player born in Italy since Detroit’s Reno Bertoia on Aug. 31, 1961.
“It is the one I will always remember,” Liddi said.
The Mariners responded in a big way in the third, taking advantage when Luis Rodriguez’s(notes) leadoff grounder glanced off third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall’s(notes) glove for an error. Carp followed with an RBI double and scored on a one-out single by Kyle Seager(notes) to tie it at 4. Trayvon Robinson(notes) delivered a two-run single and Ichiro Suzuki’s(notes) RBI double to left made it 7-4 and finished Huff.
Huff made 80 pitches in just 2 2-3 innings, allowing seven hits and nine runs—five earned. The left-hander has lost four straight starts, compiling a 7.11 ERA during the slide.
“I was down (in the strike zone) and they got some lucky hits in there, little bloop singles,” Huff said. “All in all, it was really frustrating, I’m really disappointed in myself.”
Manager Manny Acta was more upset.
“We gave David some runs to work with,” Acta said. “Unfortunately, he had a very rough day. It was deflating. It kind of sucked the energy out of us after we put up those runs in the first two innings and not being able to hold the lead.”
NOTES: Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik announced former New York Mets GM Joe McIlvaine has joined the Mariners as a special assistant. … Santana’s 26th homer set an Indians record for switch hitters. Victor Martinez(notes) hit 25 in 2007. … Cabrera has 23 homers, one shy of the Cleveland record for shortstops set by Jhonny Peralta(notes) in 2005. … Carp’s career-high five RBIs tied Seattle’s season high by INF Brendan Ryan(notes) and OF Justin Smoak(notes). … Ryan (neck) and OF Casper Wells(notes) (undisclosed illness) stayed in Seattle, undergoing tests. … Seattle INF Dustin Ackley(notes), in a 4-for-39 slump, did not play. … Furbush is 3-6 in 10 games since being acquired from Detroit on July 30. … Seattle 2B Kyle Seager went 2 for 4 and hit .706 (12 of 17) with five doubles and six runs in four games against Cleveland this year. … Cleveland recalled RHP Zach McAllister(notes) from Triple-A Columbus to start the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. RHP Jason Rice(notes) cleared waivers and was sent outright to Columbus. RHP Fausto Carmona(notes) (6-15) will start the first game for Cleveland against RHP Gavin Floyd(notes) (12-11). Rookie RHP Dylan Axelrod(notes) will pitch the second game for the White Sox. … The Mariners move on to Minnesota for three games. Seattle LHP Jason Vargas(notes) (8-13) will face RHP Liam Hendriks(notes) (0-2) in the opener Tuesday.
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