Series: Game 4 of 4

Seattle won 3-1

Game 1: Friday, August 3
Seattle 2Final
Cleveland 1
Game 2: Saturday, August 4
Seattle 8Final
Cleveland 5
Game 3: Sunday, August 5
Seattle 14Final
in 11
Cleveland 15
Game 4: Monday, August 6
Seattle 8Final
Cleveland 6

Mariners 8

(81-31, 45-15 away)

Indians 6

(60-49, 29-29 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 6, 2001

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

    R H E
    SEA - -
    CLE - -

    W: P. Abbott (12-2)

    L: C. Nagy (4-5)

    S: J. Paniagua (3)

    M's hold off Indians one night after collapse

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- As the Seattle Mariners ate their postgame meals, they looked up to see yet another TV replay of Kenny Lofton sliding across home plate.

    "What, they won again?" shouted Jay Buhner.

    Nope, there would be no miraculous Cleveland comeback this time.

    Paul Abbott made sure of it.

    Abbott won his 10th straight decision, Ichiro Suzuki had three hits and the Mariners didn't let any leads slip away Monday night in an 8-6 win over the Indians.

    One day after Cleveland became just the third team in 90 years to rally from a 12-run deficit and win, the Mariners took the lead in the first and never gave it up.

    "I'll tell you one thing," said Seattle manager Lou Piniella. "You can't score enough runs when you play Cleveland. We scored some runs and Abbott made them hold up."

    Bret Boone homered off Charles Nagy (4-5) as the Mariners scored at least once in each of the first five innings to win for the ninth time in 11 games.

    "I knew we would," said Boone. "I expected nothing less. I knew we would come out and play our game. It's what we've been doing all year."

    Abbott (12-2) remained unbeaten since May 22 -- a span of 14 starts -- by allowing six runs and seven hits in seven innings.

    The right-hander, who got a huge strikeout of Juan Gonzalez in the seventh with the tying runs on, is now 5-0 in seven career appearances against the Indians.

    "You have to focus against them," said Abbott. "You can't get lackadaisical. If you do, you can see what happens."

    Norm Charlton struck out the side in the eighth but put two on with one out in the ninth.

    He then struck out Roberto Alomar before being replaced by Jose Paniagua, Sunday's loser, who got Gonzalez to fly to center for his third save.

    "We battled back again," said Indians manager Charlie Manuel. "We had Gonzalez up there in the ninth with a chance, but we couldn't come all the way back."

    Jim Thome hit his AL-leading 37th homer and Marty Cordova homered for the Indians, who couldn't quite duplicate their improbable rally when they trailed 12-0 after three innings and 14-2 in the seventh.

    The Indians closed to 8-6 in the seventh on Omar Vizquel's two-run double, but with two on, Abbott struck out Gonzalez -- his final batter -- on three pitches.

    "Fastball and two sliders," said Abbott, who was worried Piniella was going to pull him before facing Gonzalez. "He showed me he trusted me."

    Cleveland made four errors and went just 2-5 on a homestand against Oakland and playoff-bound Seattle. The Indians, who have dropped seven of nine, enter a three-game series at first-place Minnesota on Tuesday night trailing the Twins by one game in the AL Central.

    Boone's 26th homer leading off the fourth gave Seattle a 6-2 lead and made him just the fourth AL second baseman to hit more than 25 homers in a season, joining Bobby Grich, Bobby Doerr and Joe Gordon.

    Thome, though, cut it to 6-4 in the bottom half with his two-run shot. Thome, who homered twice in Sunday's comeback, has 17 homers in 35 games.

    But the Mariners pushed their lead to 8-4 in the fifth while chasing Nagy, who lasted four-plus innings.

    Suzuki and Stan Javier drove in runs during the inning as Seattle tried to get as far away from the Indians as they could following Sunday's disaster.

    Sloppy fielding by the Indians, who made four errors in the first three innings, helped the Mariners take a 5-2 lead.

    Mike Cameron opened the third with a double and scored on a single by Al Martin.

    David Bell doubled with two outs and would have been out by five feet at home on Dan Wilson's single, but Einar Diaz let Bell knock the ball out of his mitt.

    Seattle took a 3-2 in the second on Suzuki's RBI double after Travis Fryman's throwing error allowed Wilson to reach.

    The Mariners capitalized on two errors by first baseman Thome on one play to score twice in the first on singles by Boone and Cameron.

    Game notes
    Manuel said RHP Dave Burba has been dropped from the starting rotation and will work out of the bullpen. Steve Woodard will take Burba's spot. ... The Indians were outscored 65-39 during the homestand. ... Abbott threw a season-high 124 pitches. ... Suzuki's double in the first gave him the Mariners' rookie record for hits in a season, surpassing Alvin Davis' 161 in 1984. Suzuki has 164 hits. ... Seattle's bullpen had allowed just eight runs over the previous 25 games before allowing 10 in just 3 2/3 innings Sunday.

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