7:05 PM ET, August 30, 2007
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
• Summary: Seattle's swoon continued with its sixth straight loss, and this time the Mariners can blame themselves. Rick White walked the Indians' Kenny Lofton to force home Franklin Gutierrez and give Cleveland the victory.
• Goat: Eric O'Flaherty and White each pitched 1/3 of an inning. Both pitchers had it rough. Victor Martinez singled off O'Flaherty with one out in the ninth. After Ryan Garko was hit by a pitch, White retired Jhonny Peralta on a fly ball. Gutierrez walked to load the bases and Lofton worked the count to 3-2 before taking ball four, which was high and inside.
• Figure this: Cleveland has won six straight and eight of its last nine games. Seattle has lost six in a row, one shy of its season high set from July 21-26.
• Quotable: "I thought it was a strike. I don't know if he jumped so bad that he locked up the umpire. He said it was high and inside. I'm not convinced it was high. I looked at the tape and it didn't look high." -- White
• Hunt for October: With the victory, Cleveland increased its lead over Detroit in the AL Central to 4 1/2 games.
-- ESPN.com news services
Indians 6, Mariners 5
Garko has six RBIs in August. ... Wedge's ejection was his second of the season. ... Mike Hargrove, who resigned as Mariners manager July 1, was in attendance. He met with McLaren before the game and watched Seattle take batting practice.
Regular Season Series
|Cleveland leads 5-3 (as of Thu 8/30)|
|Mon 5/21||@CLE 5, SEA 2||Recap|
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|Tue 9/25||CLE 4, @SEA 3||Recap|
|Wed 9/26||@CLE 12, SEA 4|
|Wed 9/26||@SEA 3, CLE 2||Recap|
|Thu 9/27||@SEA 4, CLE 2||Recap|
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|2nd||J Michaels singled to left, R Garko and F Gutierrez scored, J Michaels to second advancing on throw.||0||2|
|2nd||C Gomez singled to right, J Michaels scored, C Gomez to second advancing on throw.||0||3|
|6th||A Jones homered to center.||1||3|
|6th||J Guillen singled to right, Y Betancourt scored.||2||3|
|7th||A Jones singled to left center, A Beltre scored, K Johjima to third.||3||3|
|7th||Y Betancourt singled to left, K Johjima scored, A Jones to second.||4||3|
|7th||V Martinez singled to right, G Sizemore scored, T Hafner to third.||4||4|
|7th||R Garko doubled to left, T Hafner scored, V Martinez to third.||4||5|
|9th||Y Betancourt grounded out to second, B Broussard scored, J Lopez to third.||5||5|
|9th||K Lofton walked, J Barfield scored, R Garko to third, F Gutierrez to second.||5||6|
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|Stadium||Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH|
|Attendance||25,949 (61.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||71 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|