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April 10, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Indians, April 10

Mariners lose their seventh straight, despite great relief and the semblance of a late rally. Chris Perez puts them down in order in the ninth. Bedard’s early struggles did them in. Indians win, 6-4. They’ve won seven straight after losing their first two. Mariners going in opposite direction.
CLEVELAND NINTH: League gets them out in order. Three Mariner relievers have worked five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and no walks with six strikeouts. Impressive, but the M’s still trail 6-4 heading to their final ups.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Lefty Tony Sipp comes in and gets Figgins, Kennedy and Cust in order. It will be Smoak, Langerhans and Rodriguez due up in the ninth. 6-4 Indians.
CLEVELAND EIGHTH: Jamey Wright takes over for Pauley. He gives up a one-out single to Orlando Cabrera — Cleveland’s first hit since the fourth inning — but whiffs LaPorta and gets Hannahan to fly out. M’s bullpen has given them a chance in this game: four scoreless innings by Pauley and Wright. 6-4 Indians.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Well, what have we here? The Mariners play long ball: a two-run homer by Langerhans off Tomlin, and a solo by Saunders off reliever Chad Durbin. That doubles the team’s home run output for the season, and gives Langerhans the team lead with two. Gimenez singled with two outs, but reliever Rafael Perez came on to get Ichiro on a liner to center. (I thought he might bunt). 6-4 Indians.
CLEVELAND SEVENTH: Pauley continues to be a bright spot, working his third spotless inning. 6-1 Indians.
CLEVELAND SIXTH: David Pauley has restored some order: Six up, six down. But if the Mariners can’t get baserunners, it will hardly matter. They’ve had four through the first five innings. 6-1 Indians.
MARINERS FIFTH: They’re making Josh Tomlin look like Cy Young. He walks Saunders with one out but gets a double play ball from Gimenez.6-1 Indians.
CLEVELAND FIFTH: Pauley has an easy 1-2-3 inning while the roof is closing. It’s almost there. 6-1 Indians.
MARINERS FOURTH: David Pauley coming into pitch. The M’s finally get a run, a rally started by Chone Figgins’ first walk of the season. Yes, the same Chone Figgins who led the AL in walks in 2009. He moved to third on Adam Kennedy’s single. Jack Cust struck out looking, but Justin Smoak delivered a sacrifice fly — a screaming liner to right. Langerhans. 6-1 Indians.
CLEVELAND FOURTH: Jack Hannahan homers. The Indians have three ex-Mariners in the lineup — Hannahan, Cabrera and Choo — and they are a combined 6-for-8 with two homers. Bedard has his strikeout pitch working — six through four innings. So there’s that. 6-0 Indians.
MARINERS FOURTH: The M’s are going down meekly once again today. Tomlin sets them down in order.This is an unfair fight. 5-0 Indians.
CLEVELAND THIRD: More sloppy baseball by the Mariners, as Ichiro throws high to cutoff man Jack Cust on Matt LaPorta’s double, allowing Choo to score on the error (the run was earned because of a subsequent wild pitch). Bedard has given up eight hits through three. M’s have one hit through two. 5-0 Indians.
SEATTLE SECOND: M’s get a leadoff single from Jack Cust — and then three straight outs. 4-0 Indians.
CLEVELAND SECOND: Bedard runs into trouble with two outs, yielding back-to-back doubles to Marson and Cabrera, and an RBI single to Cabrera (who is thrown out trying to take second on Ichiro’s throw home). 4-0 Indians.
SEATTLE FIRST: Josh Tomlin rolls through the first, getting No. 3 hitter Albert Pu…er, Adam Kennedy to ground out to shorstop. 2-0 Indians.
CLEVELAND FIRST: The Indians touch Bedard for two, and it could have been worse if Michael Saunders hadn’t robbed Michael Brantley with a Web Gem diving catch. Then again, it could have been better if Shin-Soo Choo’s check swing nubber hadn’t been perfectly placed down the third-base line for an infield hit. Adrubal Cabrera’s homer and Shelley Duncan’s double were the big hits. Ex-Mariner Cabrera now has three homers — ore than the entire Mariners’ team. 2-0 Indians.
The Mariners try to end their six-game losing streak — and snap Cleveland’s six-game winning streak. The Mariners haven’t lost seven in a row since way, way back in September of 2010 (Sept. 8-15).
Erik Bedard makes his second start of the season. He’s a got kind of a bizarre lineup behind him, but the way the Mariners have been going, a shakeup might be a good thing.

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