CLEVELAND (AP) -- As Seattle's relievers were holding Cleveland
in check, the Indians' pitchers were giving Ichiro Suzuki and the
Mariners every chance to rally.
Suzuki and Jose Lopez each hit two-run homers and Seattle turned
a rash of wildness by Cleveland relievers into a 9-5 comeback win
Thursday night.The Mariners drew nine walks over the final 3 1-3 innings to
overcome an early 4-0 deficit Thursday night."We put them in position to win," Indians manager Eric Wedge
said. "It's uncharacteristic of guys who are usually aggressive
over the plate and throw strike one, strike two."The Indians led 5-3 after five innings but three Seattle
relievers combined to throw 4 1-3 shutout innings, allowing five
hits and no walks. The Mariners won the final two games of the
three-game series at Jacobs Field."Our bullpen was big," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said.
"The relievers gave our offense a chance to come back."Cleveland reliever Rafael Betancourt got out of a bases-loaded,
two-out jam in the sixth by striking out Jeremy Reed to preserve
the Indians' two-run lead.But Lopez hit a two-run homer off the right-hander with one out
in the seventh to tie it at 5."I made a mistake and when you make a mistake you pay for it,"
Betancourt said. "I couldn't throw strikes. I walked a guy before
that and it hurt me."Left-hander Scott Sauerbeck (0-1) then yielded a sharp single to
Raul Ibanez and gave way to Guillermo Mota. Richie Sexson greeted
the right-hander with a line double to left, sending Ibanez to
third. Adrian Beltre was intentionally walked to load the bases,
but Mota also walked Carl Everett to make it 6-5."Part of our game is being patient," Ibanez said. "You work
the count, a lot of things can happen."Kenji Johjima followed with a bouncer to third baseman Aaron
Boone, whose throw home pulled catcher Victor Martinez off the
plate. Sexson scored to give the Mariners a two-run lead.Johjima added a two-run double in the ninth off Fernando Cabrera
to make it 9-5. Reed then lined a ball off Cabrera's right ankle.
The right-hander made the play for the out, but left the game and
was replaced by Danny Graves.Cabrera said he "felt fine," after limping off the field.Julio Mateo (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win, George
Sherrill got two outs and J.J Putz gave up two hits over the final
two innings.Ronnie Belliard hit a two-run homer and Ben Broussard a solo
shot off Seattle starter Felix Hernandez.Ichiro's two-run shot in Seattle's three-run fifth got the
Mariners within one but Belliard singled home a run in the bottom
half to make it 5-3.Jason Johnson, seeking to win his first two starts in a season
for the first time in his 10-year career, gave up only two hits
through four innings. After yielding three runs in the fifth, he
issued his only three walks, all with two outs in the sixth.
Johnson allowed three runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings.Hernandez, pitching five days after his 20th birthday, struck
out four, but gave up five runs and seven hits with four walks over
4 2-3 innings."He was all over the place, missing with his sinker and having
no command of his fastball," Hargrove said. "It was one of those
games for Felix, but he kept battling and kept us in the game."Three straight singles gave the Indians a 1-0 lead in the first.
Jhonny Peralta singled home Grady Sizemore, but Jason Michaels was
thrown out at third on the play. Hernandez then struck out Travis
Hafner and Martinez.
The largest walkup crowd in Jacobs Field history swelled
attendance to 24,638 -- of which 8,510 bought last-minute tickets.
... Johnson is 3-7 with a 5.15 ERA in 16 career outings against
Seattle. ... Johjima played with a sore right hand, hurt Wednesday
night when he hit it on Michaels' bat while following through on a
throw back to the pitcher. ... Suzuki went 4-for-7 over the final
two games after breaking an 0-for-18 streak. He's batting .356
(68-for-191) in his career against Cleveland. ... Indians relievers
have walked 23 in 32 1-3 innings this season.