Series: Game 3 of 3

Seattle won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, May 25
in 12
Game 2: Wednesday, May 26
Game 3: Thursday, May 27

Mariners 5

(17-29, 8-16 away)

Indians 9

(19-26, 13-11 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 27, 2004

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    W: J. Westbrook (4-2)

    L: G. Meche (1-5)

    Cleveland ends seven-game skid

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The relievers didn't squander a thing. For one of the few times this season, the Indians' brutal bullpen did its job well.

    Jake Westbrook got spotted a big lead and his bullpen didn't give it all back as Cleveland beat the Seattle Mariners 9-5, ending the Indians' season-high losing streak at seven.

    Westbrook (4-2) managed to make it through five innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. The right-hander then turned it over to Cleveland's inconsistent relievers, already responsible for 14 losses and 11 blown saves.

    But Rick White, Cliff Bartosh, Rafael Betancourt and Jose Jimenez took care of the rest, combining to hold the Mariners to one run and one hit over the final four innings.

    "That's what we're looking for," a relieved Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said.

    The bullpen's solid outing came one day after the Indians shook things up as Wedge named Jimenez his closer, Scott Stewart was sent to the minors and the club acquired Lou Pote in a trade.

    "We have to get ourselves together," Jimenez said. "We have to go out there and get better -- that's all we can do."

    Jimenez lost a chance at getting his first AL save when the Indians scored in the eighth, but with an 8.10 ERA, the former Colorado closer was pleased to work a spotless inning.

    "I hope this is the step I use to take off," he said.

    Travis Hafner and Casey Blake had two RBI apiece off Seattle starter Gil Meche (1-5), helping Cleveland salvage the finale of the three-game series.

    Jody Gerut and Ronnie Belliard each had three hits and drove in a run for the Indians.

    Edgar Martinez homered for Seattle (17-29), which after an 8-15 April is guaranteed of having consecutive losing months for the first time since 1999.

    "We're showing some signs, swinging the bat better, battling back and that's good to see," manager Bob Melvin said. "You're always happy when you win two of three. But you've got to get greedy at some point."

    The Indians failed to score more than four runs during any game in their recent slide, but they had that many after the first inning against Meche.

    Victor Martinez's RBI double made it 1-0, and Hafner followed with a two-run double off the wall in left before scoring on Blake's RBI single.

    Cleveland could have gotten more, but with the bases loaded, Mariners center fielder Randy Winn raced back and caught Matt Lawton's drive on the warning track before crashing into the wall.

    Seattle got a run back in the third, but the Indians made it 6-1 in the bottom of the inning on Ben Broussard's sacrifice fly and Blake's second run-scoring single.

    Seattle opened the fourth with three straight singles and closed to 6-2, and Mariners had the bases loaded with one out. But Westbrook minimized the damage by getting Ichiro Suzuki to hit an RBI groundout and retiring Scott Spiezio.

    The missed chance hurt more when the Indians made it 8-3 in their half on RBI singles by Gerut and Belliard.

    The Mariners threatened again by putting two runners on in the fifth when Wedge visited Westbrook and delivered an ultimatum.

    "I told him he needed to get that guy out," Wedge said.

    Westbrook said he thought his night was over when Wedge came out.

    "I didn't know what he was going to say," Westbrook said. "I told him, 'I got a ground ball in me.' Ironically, I got a fly ball, but I was pretty pumped he left me in."

    Meche equaled career-highs by allowing eight runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings.

    Edgar Martinez made it 8-5 in the seventh with his fifth homer, his second in two days.

    Game notes

    Suzuki, who won his third straight Gold Glove in 2003, made his first error in 96 games when he overran a bloop single in the first. Suzuki had just two miscues last season. ... Hafner's 32 RBI are the most among DHs. ... The Indians haven't been swept at home by Seattle since 1991. ... 2B Belliard robbed John Olerud of a hit in the seventh with a sliding stab in short right. ... Indians 1B Ben Broussard is in an 0-for-21 slump. ... Of Cleveland's 41 homers, 32 (78 percent) have been solo shots.

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