Seattle Mariner (7-8) second baseman Robinson Cano pounced on the first-pitch fastball Cleveland Indian’s ( 6-7) closer Cody Allen served him in the top of the 10th inning to break a 7-7 tie that propelled the Mariners to a 10-7 win, and another road series win. The ever bewildering Marines have bagged road series wins against the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees and now the Indians for a combined 6-3 away record.
All good and well except the Mariners have a 1-5 home record. While the season is young and the rebuilt Mariners have played just two home series against the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers, the .170 team batting average at home leaves much to be desired when you compare it to the .255 road average. Fortunately for the road warrior Mariners, they have a three game series against the Los Angeles Angels that begins on Friday before they return home for a three game set against the Houston Astros.
As for the rubber match win over the Tribe, the Mariners showed grit and determination by believing in themselves after giving up a big lead and watching Cleveland’s Mike Napoli blast a two-run homer off Mariner reliever Joaquin Benoit to tie the game at 7-7 in the bottom of the eight inning
“It would have been a great game to win. We kept coming,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. after the game. “Obviously, Nap with a huge hit. It’s kind of fun to watch a guy that’s not playing, sit there for eight innings and be locked in, and then go do what he did. That’s pretty impressive.”
More impressive was Cano’s three run blast against Cleveland closer Allen when you consider Cano was 0 for 7 against Allen entering the game
“I’d never got a hit against him,” Cano told MLB.com after the game. “He’s one of the best closers in the game. This was the time where he gave me the one pitch over the plate.”
The Mariners’ bullpen had allowed just two runs in its last 24 innings prior to Napoli’s game-tying homer off Benoit. Seattle reliever Tony Zych (1-0) was credit with the win while Cleveland’s Cody Allen (0-1) was saddled with loss. Steve Cishek was credited with his third save of the season.