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August 22, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Indians, Aug. 22: Mariners win, 3-2

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Naturally, it didn’t come easy, but after Miguel Olivo scored from third on Franklin Gutierrez’s sac fly in the top of the ninth, League worked out of a second-and-third, two-out mess by getting Carrera on a ground out to first to end it.
CLEVELAND EIGHTH: Chance Ruffin comes in and gets three fly outs. 2-2.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Carp flied out to center and is 0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. His 20-game hit streak is in jeapardy. 2-2.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Rafael Perez took over for Carmona and gave up a one-out single to Ichiro, his third hit of the game. Gutierrez grounded out, moving Ichiro t second, but Ackley hit a soft liner to short. 2-2.
INDIANS SIXTH: Vargas got three fly ball out and still hasn’t allowed an earned run through six. But two unearned runs have the score tied at 6-all.
INDIANS FOURTH: Vargas escapes a bases-loaded, one-out jam by getting Brantley to hit ito the good old 1-2-3 double play. 2-2.
INDIANS THIRD: Vargas retires Cleveland in order, with a strikeout of Jason Donald. 2-2.
MARINERS THIRD: Carmona hit Carp with two outs, extending Carp’s streak of reaching base safely to 30 games, longest this year by a Mariner and longest active streak in the majors. Carp’s 20-game hit streak, however, is still on the line. Wells reached on an infield single, but Kennedy flied out to left. 2-2.
INDIANS SECOND: The Indians tied it with two unearned runs, courtesy of two throwing errors by shortstop Brendan Ryan, playing his first game since Aug. 3. Both pulled Carp off the bag and he couldn’t quite maintain contact (though I thought he did on the first one). Ex-Mariner Ezequiel Carrera, acquired in last year’s Russ Branyan trade, had an RBI single. 2-2.
MARINERS SECOND: Carmona struck out the side in second. He also gave up a single, walk, hit batter and stolen base. The run came home on a wild throw to second on Kennedy’s stolen base — whichi was fortunate for the Mariners because Kennedy was out by two feet with a good throw. 2-0 Mariners.
INDIANS FIRST: Vargas retires the Indians in order, and all three outs were made by Brendan Ryan, coming off a shoulder injury that has sidelined him since August 3. He caught a liner and fielded two grounders. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIRST: So much for that lack of aggressiveness Wedge had talked about with Ichiro. He jumped on a 2-1 pitch from Fausto Carmona and sent it over the right-field fence, his third homer this year and 35th career leadoff homer — tied for sixth all time with Bobby Bonds. The M’s went quietly after that, wtih Mike Carp, riding a 20-game hit streak, striking out. 1-0 Mariners.
By the way, Eric Wedge said “Kennedy has numbers” when talking about his decision to start Adam Kennedy at third base and sit Kyle Seager tonight. He’s referring to Kennedy’s 4-for-11 lifetime off Indians starter Fausto Carmona, including a double, homer and three RBI. Seager has never faced him. Keep in mind that the Mariners have four games in three days with Tuesday’s doubleheader.

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