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Cabrera lifts Indians with slump-busting, bases-loaded single in 11th

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CLEVELAND -- Asdrubal Cabrera got the pitch he wanted and gave the Cleveland Indians a win they nearly threw away.

Cabrera broke an 0-for-14 slump with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the 11th inning to lift Cleveland over the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Thursday night.

"It was like pulling teeth," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "If we had done a better job earlier, we'd have never been in that situation."

Cleveland made a key error to blow a 1-0 lead in the ninth, fell behind in the 10th, then rallied to tie it again and finally win in their last at-bat for the third time this year.

Jhonny Peralta started the winning rally with a one-out walk off Mark Lowe (1-2). Travis Hafner, hitting sixth to start a game for the first time in more than three years, then doubled to left and Jamey Carroll was hit by a 1-2 pitch, loading the bases.

Sean Green came on and struck out Franklin Gutierrez on an 0-2 pitch that was way outside. But Cabrera lined an 0-1 fastball to center and was promptly mobbed by teammates.

"I was calm, looking for a pitch over the plate," Cabrera said through first-base coach Luis Rivera, who served as interpreter for the 22-year-old switch-hitting infielder from Venezuela. "I got a good fastball to hit."

The Mariners took a 2-1 lead in the 10th when Richie Sexson hit the first pitch from Masahide Kobayashi (2-0) for his 300th career homer. Cleveland tied it in the bottom half on a bases-loaded walk to Grady Sizemore by Seattle closer J.J. Putz.

"Walks will kill you," said Putz, who had allowed three of them and two runs in one inning in his last outing Saturday. "My job is to come in and get ahead. I just didn't throw strikes."

The homer was Sexson's sixth of the season and 100th since signing with Seattle as a free agent after the 2004 season. The first baseman reached the Mariners milestone in 463 games, quickest in team history.

"Richie had a huge hit, but it was a tough loss," Mariners manager John McLaren said. "J.J. wasn't sharp. He's still working his way back."

McLaren said he might use Putz in some non-save situations. The right-hander, who had 78 saves over the previous three seasons, came off the disabled list April 22 after being out with a strained muscle in his rib cage.

Putz blew his second save in four tries, yielding a pair of one-out singles and a walk to load the bases. After walking Sizemore to make it 2-2, Putz came back to strike out Casey Blake and David Dellucci -- Blake's fourth strikeout of the game and Dellucci's third.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki had three hits, and his speed helped tie the score 1-1 in the ninth.

Suzuki singled off Indians closer Rafael Betancourt, took second on a one-out wild pitch, stole third and scored when third baseman Blake dropped the throw from catcher Victor Martinez for an error.

"I tried to do too much," Blake said. "I have to catch the ball. I felt terrible, but we got a huge win. That's why you call it a team game. They bailed me out."

Martinez doubled to right with one out for Cleveland's first hit off Miguel Batista. One out later, Hafner's line double into the right-field corner broke an 0-for-13 stretch and made it 1-0.

Ryan Garko then snapped his 0-for-25 slump with a line single to left-center, but for the second night in a row, third-base coach Joel Skinner decided to challenge Suzuki's throwing arm -- and lost. Skinner waved Hafner around and Suzuki's throw home was waiting for the lumbering DH for the final out. On Wednesday, Suzuki nailed Blake trying to score on a similar play.

Indians starter Paul Byrd gave up four hits and struck out four over 7 2/3 shutout innings.

"It would have been a lot more frustrating if we had lost," Byrd said. "This is one we can build off. Our trademark is playing with a lot of heart, battling back to win. That's what we did."

In seven innings, Batista gave up one run and four hits, walking three and striking out six.

Notes

  • Suzuki's 70 outfield assists since 2001 rank only behind Vladimir Guerrero (74) and Carlos Beltran (73).
  • Martinez has hit in 13 straight games, going 19-for-53 (.358).
  • Alex Rodriguez hit 100 homers in his first 470 games with Seattle.
  • Hafner's RBI tied Andre Thornton for the Indians record as a DH at 450.
 
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Asdrubal Cabrera, who is hitting .190, comes through in the clutch for the Indians. (AP)
Asdrubal Cabrera, who is hitting .190, comes through in the clutch for the Indians. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

P. Byrd
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
Seattle

R. Sexson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5130000 .266
Jose Lopez, 2B5010002 .308
Raul Ibanez, LF5020001 .296
Adrian Beltre, 3B5010001 .294
Jose Vidro, DH4000001 .202
Richie Sexson, 1B4121010 .230
Jeff Clement, C2000101 .333
    Willie Bloomquist, PR0000000 .167
    Kenji Johjima, C1000010 .175
Wladimir Balentien, RF4000031 .250
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000001 .289
Totals3929115  
Batting
HR - Richie Sexson (6, Kobayashi)
RBI - Richie Sexson (17)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (7, off Betancourt/Martinez), Adrian Beltre (4, 2nd base off Betancourt/Martinez)
CS - Raul Ibanez (1, 2nd base by Byrd/Martinez), Willie Bloomquist (2, 2nd base by R. Perez/Martinez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ichiro Suzuki 1
DP - Beltre-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Miguel Batista 7411360 4.41
Arthur Rhodes 1.2000020 5.06
Brandon Morrow 0.1000010 2.08
J.J. Putz (BS,2) 1211230 9.00
Mark Lowe (L,1-2) 0.1111100 5.00
Sean Green 0.1100010 1.84
HBP - Carroll (by Mark Lowe)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 101-60, Arthur Rhodes 24-16, Brandon Morrow 4-4, J.J. Putz 29-17, Mark Lowe 16-8, Sean Green 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 2-11
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 26, Arthur Rhodes 5, Brandon Morrow 1, J.J. Putz 7, Mark Lowe 4, Sean Green 2
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4001110 .276
Casey Blake, 3B-1B5010043 .216
David Dellucci, LF4000134 .266
Victor Martinez, C5110012 .356
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000212 .229
    Jason Michaels, PR0100000 .207
Travis Hafner, DH4021111 .221
Ryan Garko, 1B4020012 .237
    Jamey Carroll, PR-3B0100000 .216
Franklin Gutierrez, RF5010014 .272
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B4011100 .202
Totals38383613  
Batting
2B - Casey Blake (7, Batista), Victor Martinez (6, Batista), Travis Hafner 2 (6, Batista, Lowe)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (14), Travis Hafner (17), Asdrubal Cabrera (9)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Hafner (9), Asdrubal Cabrera (4)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Peralta-A. Cabrera-Blake
E - Casey Blake (4, Missed catch of throw)
Cleveland Indians
Paul Byrd 7.2400140 3.74
Rafael Perez (H,3) 0.1000000 4.97
Rafael Betancourt (BS,1) 1211000 5.84
Masahide Kobayashi (W,2-0) 2311011 1.88
WP - Rafael Betancourt (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 92-66, Rafael Perez 4-3, Rafael Betancourt 21-13, Masahide Kobayashi 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 9-9, Masahide Kobayashi 3-1
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 27, Rafael Betancourt 5, Masahide Kobayashi 8
Game Information
Attendance - 15722
Game Time - 3:34
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Mike DiMuro