You’ve got to hand it to the Mariners for making the most of their opportunities in August. The Mariners tonight won their sixth game in a row and their 13th out of the last 14 they’ve played at home.
This was a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians and it was earned. The Indians either had the lead or were tied for a good part of the game until Seattle turned the bats loose for three home runs.
Michael Saunders hit two of those, the second one being a two-run shot off Tony Sipp in the bottom of the seventh.
Cleveland actually had a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning of this game before Eric Thames launched a solo homer off Ubaldo Jimenez. When Saunders hit the go-ahead shot, it helped make a winner out of relief pitcher Charlie Furbush, who pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
Things got nervy in the ninth when former M’s farmhand Ezequiel Carrera just missed hitting a tying two-run homer off Tom Wilhelmsen on a broken-bat shot off the right field wall. The ball stayed in play for a double — only because the bat was sawed in half by contact — and then Wilhelmsen walked former M’s infielder Jack Hannahan to load the bases.
But Wilhelmsen got Jason Kipnis to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double-play.
Trayvon Robinson set a Mariners team record for left fielders with 10 putouts in the game, including a leaping catch in foul territory up against a side wall in the fourth.
The Mariners are now 31-30 at home on the season, the first time they’ve een above .500 at Safeco Field since beating the Indians on April 18 to improve to 3-2.
For the Indians, they continue to circle the toilet bowl. How times have changed since the last time these clubs met in mid-May. Back then, the Tribe took a two-game series from the M’s at Cleveland to move into a four-game lead atop the AL Central standings.
Hard to believe that was the same season.