The Mariners had plenty of chances to win this game, but just could not get a big hit when they needed it the final few innings. Come to think of it, the Cleveland Indians couldn’t get one either until the very end, with the Mariners retiring 16 in a row at one point.
But Lucas Luetge walked Drew Stubbs with two out in the 10th, then saw him steal second. Michael Bourn then hit a slow roller past Lucas Luetge for an infield single that put runners at the corners.
Jason Kipnis came up next and hit a walkoff three-run homer to hand Seattle a 6-3 loss. Luetge had Kipnis 0-1 in the count, but the next offering was lined clear over the wall.
The Mariners had outhit the Indians 10-5 by the time the ninth inning was halfway done. But they’d also stranded nine runners on base to just three for Cleveland by that point. Those missed chances, especially early on in the game, once again loomed large as the late innings arrived.
It’s the first loss by the Mariners on a walkoff homer since Dayan Viciedo did it against Kameron Loe the first weekend of the season back in April.