Rain, Indians no match for Mariners

The Mariners broke ahead early, then waited out the rain for over two hours before knocking off Cleveland.

The Mariners pounced on Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook early, and got some assistance from Mother Nature in the following hours to "escape" with a 9-1 win over the Indians Thursday night at Jacobs Field.

Seattle improved to 10 games over .500 at 25-15. Westbrook surrendered a three-run homer to Seattle's Edgar Martinez in the first inning. Then, two innings later, back-to-back two-run doubles by Randy Winn and Jeff Cirillo put the visitors from Seattle up 7-0 just one out into the third inning.

Westbrook (2-3) lasted only 2.1 innings before being replaced by reliever Terry Mulholland. His final stat line wasn't pretty: seven earned runs, five walks, and an ERA that hiked itself up to 4.46 for the season.

Ryan Franklin got the start for Mariners and pitched three scoreless innings before the dark clouds rolled in and the rains came.

The poor weather didn't just come, it stayed. Ahead seven runs, the Mariners hoped the game would resume. Eventually, it did - a painful two hours and 28 minutes later.

Once the game resumed, long-reliever Giovanni Carrara took over and hurled three scoreless innings of his own to pick up the winning decision. He improved to 2-0 on the year.

Cleveland (12-27) score its lone run on an Omar Vizquel solo homerun off of Julio Mateo.

Seattle added two more runs in the eighth to cap the scoring.


Game Notes:

Edgar is Still Good: Edgar Martinez's first-inning homerun, his second long-ball in the opening inning in as many days, was his fifth homer in his last seven games. Not bad for a 40-year old.


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