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Game Of The Week: Indians Defeat Mariners 6-3

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The Cleveland Indians took the third game of the series against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night after recent call up Jerry Sands hit a two run home run and a stellar outing from starter Shaun Marcum.

But, on Sunday afternoon it wouldn’t be that easy for either team to earn the victory in the four game series finale at Safeco Field. After twelve innings and nearly five hours of play, the Indians would pull off the 6-3 win as well as the series win.

RHP Danny Salazar took the start for the Indians against the Mariners’ J.A. Happ.

The Mariners got on the board first in the bottom of the fifth as they were able to take a three run lead. Dustin Ackley‘s RBI single sent Logan Morrison home to put the first run of the game on the board. The second run of the inning was then scored by a RBI single by Austin Jackson sending Brad Miller to score and then a sac fly by Robinson Cano finished out the inning.

In the  top of the sixth the Indians cut the deficit with a solo home run by Ryan Rayburn, his third of the season as well as a RBI single by Michael Bourn to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

Salazar pitched 5.1 innings allowing four hits and three runs; striking out five batters. LHP Nick Hagadone then closed out the sixth inning for the Indians.

Happ pitched five innings with eight hits and two runs allowed; striking out just two batters.

The Indians scored in the top of the eighth to tie the game at three with a sac fly by Kipnis, allowing Lonnie Chisenhall to score.

Neither the Indians or Mariners would be able to break the 3-3 tie through nine innings so to extra innings it would go.

Both team’s would go deep into their bullpens but it would be Seattle’s pitching that would break down first.

In the top of the twelfth Seattle’s Dominic Leone walked Michael Brantley with bases loaded to give the Indians the one run lead. David Murphy then hit a single on a line drive to right that was good enough to send Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis home to give Cleveland the 6-3 lead.

The Mariners were unable to get any  runners on base to try and keep the game going.

Leone was charged with the loss (0-4) after allowing two hits and three runs. Cleveland’s Zach McAllister earned the win (1-2) after  pitching the eleventh with no hits allowed and Austin Adams earned his first save of the season after pitching one shutout inning to stop the Mariners from striking back late in the game.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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