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Seventh-inning struggles doom Cleveland Indians in series finale against Seattle Mariners

05 April 2018

Ichiro Suzuki got his first hits since returning to the Seattle Mariners and stole a home run from the Cleveland Indians in Saturday's 6-5 loss. Using a fastball that was hitting 100 miles per hour, the right-hander struck out the side, including close friend Francisco Lindor to notch his second save of the season.

Cruz was forced out of Saturday's game in the eighth inning with a sprained right ankle, taking some of the shine off the two-run home run he hit two innings earlier.

Winning two of three games at home is not as remarkable an achievement for a baseball team as, say, winning 22 consecutive times.

Cleveland closed out last season going unbeaten in their final 18 series (15 wins, three ties) before losing to the New York Yankees in their best-of-five AL Division Series.

A corresponding move was made to recall catcher David Freitas from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. Seager's hard grounder toward first base kicked over first baseman Yonder Alonso's head.

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Leake (1-0) gave up two runs and five hits.

The Mariners appeared to build on the momentum in the bottom of the third, scoring two runs to make it 4-3.

Leake (1-0) gave up two runs five hits in seven innings as the Mariners (2-1) took two out of three games from the defending AL Central champions, who won a major league-high 102 games past year.

Edwin Diaz struck out all three batters in the ninth for his second save.

"Of all the guys, looking at spring training, you never don't want anybody to go down or miss time, but on my radar, the No. 1 most important was him, just because of the value he brings with the pitching staff, where he was at offensively", Servais said.

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Alonso had two hits for Cleveland. He smacked a go-ahead solo homer to right field in the seventh inning of Sunday's 5-4 win, striking a decidedly Griffey-esque pose in the process, too.

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Seattle Mariners outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz is not in the lineup on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians.

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Seventh-inning struggles doom Cleveland Indians in series finale against Seattle Mariners