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August 20, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Kevin Millwood helps Mariners go for sixth win in a row

Michael Saunders just put the Mariners back out in front with a long, two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the seventh off southpaw reliever Tony Sipp. That gives the Mariners a 5-3 lead with six outs to go.
Joe Smith started the inning with a leadoff walk to Brendan Ryan, the saw Dustin Ackley bunt him over. Sipp came on to pitch from there and Saunders didn’t miss, connecting for the third multi-homer game of his career and second this season.
You might remember, he helped win a late comeback game in Toronto in April with a pair of bombs, including a grand slam.

9:11 p.m.: Eric Thames tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth, clubbing a two-out solo homer to right center off Ubaldo Jimenez, who was lifted from the game shortly after. So, it’s a 3-3 contest heading to the home stretch.
Kevin Millwood is done and Charlie Furbush is out there to start the seventh.
8:38 p.m.: Cleveland strung some hits together off Kevin Millwood in the fifth inning, scoring twice to take a 3-2 lead. A one-out walk to Casey Kotchman and an infield single by Ezequiel Carrera (completing the ex-Mariners duo from 2010 MLB and AAA ranks) were followed by two-out singles from Jason Kipnis and another ex-Mariners player, Asdrubal Cabrera, that brought the runs home.
Kipnis has two RBI tonight.
8:13 p.m.: Ubaldo Jimenez started missing his spots and falling behind, then grooved some pitches right down the middle. Michael Saunders didn’t miss one of those in the third inning, sending it clear over the center field wall with a runner aboard for a 2-1 lead.
Kevin Millwood has settled down after a lengthy first inning and has now worked through four frames with just the one run allowed.
7:21 p.m.: Jason Kipnis just gave the Indians a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a leadoff homer off the right field foul pole. First home run since June for Kipnis.
7:03 p.m.: Kevin Millwood takes the mound tonight, having kept his team in the game long enough his last time out to rally for a comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. That started this winning roll the Mariners have been on since last Tuesday and they will go for a sixth consecutive win tonight against Ubaldo Jimenez and the Cleveland Indians.
Jimenez has turned out to be a terrible trade deadline move made last year by Indians GM Chris Antonetti. He’s gone 1-5 with a 8.83 ERA and a .331 batting average against him since the All-Star Break. The Indians gave him an extra day’s rest before this outing. Let’s see whether it helps.

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