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Cleveland (93-63) «3000000000014101
Seattle (83-73)0000100020003111

Indians 4, Mariners 3 (12 innings)

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SEATTLE -- The Cleveland Indians are not about to ease up even though they clinched the AL Central title Sunday for the first time since 2001. They still have something to accomplish.

The Indians, who blew a two-run lead in the ninth, recovered in the 12th inning for a 4-3 victory against Seattle on Tuesday night. After a wild pickoff attempt set up the go-ahead run, Kenny Lofton drove in Asdrubal Cabrera with a sacrifice fly and Rafael Betancourt pitched the 12th for his third save.

Cleveland (93-63) is slightly ahead of AL East-leading Boston (93-64) and AL West champion Los Angeles (92-66) for the best record in baseball.

"Every game is important to us," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "We have to continue to work hard to get guys who need to play to get them sharper for the playoffs and give other guys time off. It's a fine line, but it's the situation we're in. We're doing our best to walk that line."

Cabrera opened the 12th with a four-pitch walk from Brandon Morrow (3-4). Ryan Rowland-Smith took over and his first move was a wild throw to first. The ball rolled up the right-field line and Cabrera easily reached third, before Lofton hit a first-pitch sacrifice fly to center.

"On the pickoff, he slipped," McLaren said. "He had mud on his spikes. He slipped on his move to first base and the ball took off."

Tom Mastny (7-2) gave up two hits and a walk in a scoreless 11th.

Adrian Beltre, who had three hits, tied the game at 3 in the ninth with a one-out, two-run homer off Indians closer Joe Borowski. Borowski, who has a league-leading 43 saves, had his seventh blown save.

"It happens. Borowski has been great for us," Wedge said. "Every now and then they'll clip you like that, but one thing Joe does is he stops it right there and give his team a chance to come back. That's a separator in and of itself."

The Indians were given an early lead in the first inning on Victor Martinez's three-run homer.

Martinez went deep off Felix Hernandez following one-out singles by Chris Gomez and Travis Hafner. Martinez has 25 home runs and 110 RBI, both career highs, and is 8-for-15 against Seattle this season.

Then in the eighth, he fouled a ball off his right knee and left in the bottom of the inning with a bruise. Martinez believes he can play in one game during a doubleheader Wednesday.

Seattle (83-73) was eliminated from the postseason with the loss. They are 6½ games behind the wild card-leading New York Yankees (90-67) with only six games left. The Mariners are winless in 72 games when trailing after eight innings.

"It was great this year," Mariners right fielder Jose Guillen said. "We played much better than two, three years ago. There has been a lot of improvements. I believe these guys are going to realize that they are not far away to winning. So let's go get what we need and put the pieces in place and it could be different next year."

Cleveland's Aaron Laffey allowed one run and four hits over 5 2/3 innings in his eighth career start, helped by three double plays in the first five innings. Second baseman Josh Barfield also made a diving stop on a groundout in the fourth to save a run.

"Aaron really pitched well for us," Wedge said. "We really lived off Victor's home run until Asdrubal. The kid is in the middle of everything. He took a good chance not just getting to second base but third base. And Kenny did a hell of a job getting on top of a high fastball there to get the ball to the outfield."

Seattle scored its first run on a double-play groundout by Kenji Johjima in the fifth.

Notes

Ichiro Suzuki had two hits in six at-bats. His .350 average is second to Detroit's Magglio Ordonez (.359). ... The Indians' C.C. Sabathia, who was supposed to start Tuesday, was pushed back to Friday against Kansas City ... SS Yuniesky Betancourt, who has missed back-to-back starts because of a sore right elbow, will have a precautionary MRI on his the elbow Wednesday.

 
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A. Beltre
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
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V. Martinez
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R 1
H 2
HR 1
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Cleveland Indians
Kenny Lofton, CF-LF5001010 .296
Chris Gomez, 3B6120000 .310
Travis Hafner, DH5130100 .259
Victor Martinez, C4123011 .301
    Kelly Shoppach, C2000022 .253
Ryan Garko, 1B5020104 .292
Jhonny Peralta, SS5010013 .271
Trot Nixon, RF3000102 .252
    Franklin Gutierrez, PR-RF1000010 .269
Ben Francisco, LF3000012 .259
   a- Grady Sizemore, PH-CF2000013 .275
Josh Barfield, 2B4000020 .243
   b- Asdrubal Cabrera, PH-2B0100100 .284
Totals454104410  
a-flied out for Francisco in the 8th
b-walked for Barfield in the 12th
Batting
2B - Ryan Garko (26, Hernandez)
HR - Victor Martinez (25, Hernandez)
SF - Kenny Lofton (5)
RBI - Kenny Lofton (36), Victor Martinez 3 (110)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Martinez-Peralta, Peralta-Garko, Barfield-Peralta-Garko
E - Jhonny Peralta (19, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Aaron Laffey 5.2411230 4.87
Jensen Lewis (H,4) 1.1100010 2.36
Rafael Perez (H,12) 1000000 1.66
Joe Borowski (BS,7) 1322011 5.17
Aaron Fultz 1100010 2.83
Thomas Mastny (W,7-2) 1200110 4.58
Rafael Betancourt (S,3) 1000010 1.40
IBB - Broussard by Thomas Mastny
WP - Aaron Laffey (2), Jensen Lewis (1), Joe Borowski (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Laffey 75-47, Jensen Lewis 22-13, Rafael Perez 7-6, Joe Borowski 18-13, Aaron Fultz 15-10, Thomas Mastny 20-11, Rafael Betancourt 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Laffey 10-2, Rafael Perez 1-2, Joe Borowski 1-1, Thomas Mastny 1-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Laffey 21, Jensen Lewis 5, Rafael Perez 3, Joe Borowski 6, Aaron Fultz 4, Thomas Mastny 6, Rafael Betancourt 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF6020011 .350
Jose Lopez, 2B5000102 .254
Raul Ibanez, LF5110123 .289
Jose Guillen, DH5010004 .287
Adrian Beltre, 3B5232001 .281
Jose Vidro, 1B4020001 .317
    Rob Johnson, PR0000000 .000
    Mike Morse, RF10100001.000
Kenji Johjima, C5000013 .291
Adam Jones, RF3000021 .259
   a- Ben Broussard, PH-1B1000101 .270
Willie Bloomquist, SS2010000 .284
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH0000000 .250
   c- Yuniesky Betancourt, PH1000000 .289
    Nick Green, SS2000023 .000
Totals45311238  
a-grounded out for Jones in the 9th
b-announced for Bloomquist in the 8th
c-flied out for Reed in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (41, Laffey)
HR - Adrian Beltre (26, Borowski)
RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (99)
SB - Rob Johnson (1, 2nd base off Borowski/Shoppach)
CS - Jose Lopez (3, 2nd base by Laffey/Martinez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Ryan Rowland-Smith (1, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez 7833021 4.06
Eric O'Flaherty 0.1000110 4.47
Sean Green 1000210 4.02
George Sherrill 0.2000010 2.38
J.J. Putz 1000010 1.43
Brandon Morrow (L,3-4) 1011130 4.02
Ryan Rowland-Smith 0.1200000 3.96
Jon Huber 0.2000010 4.76
IBB - Nixon by Sean Green
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 106-69, Eric O'Flaherty 12-6, Sean Green 22-10, George Sherrill 12-7, J.J. Putz 15-10, Brandon Morrow 16-9, Ryan Rowland-Smith 7-4, Jon Huber 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 12-7, Sean Green 1-1, George Sherrill 1-0, Jon Huber 1-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 29, Eric O'Flaherty 2, Sean Green 5, George Sherrill 2, J.J. Putz 3, Brandon Morrow 4, Ryan Rowland-Smith 3, Jon Huber 2
Game Information
Attendance - 22200
Game Time - 3:50
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez