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August 23, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Game 2 thread, Mariners vs. Indians, Aug. 23: M’s win, 12-7

It got a little tenser than it had to, but the M’s blasted 17 hits to win this one. Anthony Vasquez got his first major-league win, Jeff Gray his first save.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Kyle Seager’s having himself a day. He launches a homer to right, his sixth hit of the doubleheader (same as Robinson). Seager began the day hitting .224, Robinson .250. Seager’s now at .276, Robinson at .327. It’s 12-5 Mariners. They have matched their season high with 17 hits.
INDIANS SEVENTH: Wilhelmsen works out of another jam by striking out Fukudome and Donald, both looking, with a runner on third. 11-6 Mariners.
INDIANS SIXTH: Indians knock out Vasquez and score two, but Wilhelmsen gets out of big trouble by striking out Cabrera and getting Choo to ground out with bases loaded. 11-6 Mariners.
INDIANS FIFTH: Vasquez gets his first 1-2-3 inning, and it qualifies him for a victory in his major-league debut, leading 11-4.
MARINERS FIFTH:In six starts from June 26 to July 26, the M’s scored a total of 9 runs for Doug Fister. They have 11 in 4 2/3 innings tonight for Vasquez, adding another on Robinson’s RBI single, his third hit of the game and fifth of the doubheheader. His average is now up to .314. 11-4 Mariners.
INDIANS FOURTH: Vasquez gives up two — one earned, one unearned, via a Robinson error in left. 10-4 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: This is turning into a very rare Mariner laugher. They added five more in the fourth to the five they had in the third, knocking out starter Zach McAllister. Gutierrez had an RBI single, and Ackley had a two-run single. Gutierrez, Ackley and Carp are a combined 5-for-9 with eight RBIs. Trayvon Robinson has four hits in the doubleheader to raise his average from .250 to .300. This is a golden opportunity for Vasquez to record a W in his first start. 10-2 Mariners.
INDIANS THIRD: The Indians get one back on Choo’s homer. He’s halfway to the cycle already, and has the tough ones out of the way: Homer and triple. 5-2 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: The M’s break loose for five off McAllister. Ackley and Carp had been a combined 0-for-11 today, but Ackley had an RBI single, and Carp blasted a two-run homer that went an estimated 438 feet to right. The hit extended his hitting streak to one game. Gutierrez also had an RBI single. 5-1 Mariners.
INDIANS SECOND: Kosuke Fukudome, leading off the second, crushed one into the Mariner bullpen for his first homer since June 16. 1-0 Indians.
MARINERS SECOND: Kyle Seager is red-hot. He laced an opposite-field double with two outs, and is now 4-for-5 with two doubles today in the doubleheader. But Brendan Ryan grounded out. 0-0.
INDIANS FIRST: Vasquez gave up a single, triple and walk, and still managed to come out unscathed. He picked off Ezequiel Carrera after his leadoff single, and got a fly out from Shelley Duncan with runners on first and third and two outs. Maybe that will calm his first-game jitters. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: Zach McAllister, making just his second major-league start, retired the Mariners in order, helped by a great catch of a pop foul by third baseman Jack Hannahan He leaned over the dugout railing to snare the ball hit by Gutierrez. 0-0.
Anthony Vasquez makes his major-league debut for the Mariners.

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