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Indians outlast Mariners, end 10-game road skid

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SEATTLE -- Shin-Soo Choo might still be trying to prove himself to the Cleveland Indians.

But he's perfectly clear on how his former team, the Seattle Mariners, feel about him. In fact, he remembers the day they decided he was expendable.

"July 26, 2006, I think," Choo said.

He's right. July 26, 2006, was the day the Mariners traded Choo to the Indians. That made his two doubles and a home run on Saturday even sweeter in Cleveland's 9-6 win over the Mariners, snapping the Indians' 10-game road losing streak.

This weekend is Choo's first trip back to Safeco Field since the trade that sent him east and brought Ben Broussard to Seattle, another of the moves by former Mariners' general manager Bill Bavasi that didn't bring the expected results. Choo was injured and in the minors most of last year, then underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in September. Only now is Choo getting close to matching where he was when the trade happened -- he was among Seattle's top prospects.

Choo ripped a two-out, two-run homer in the first, belted an RBI ground-rule double in Cleveland's six-run third and added another double in the eighth. His only mistake was an awkward slide into first base on an infield grounder in the fourth that sent him tumbling over the bag.

"I explained to him he never needs to do that again," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said.

The Indians last road win came June 21 against the Dodgers when CC Sabathia was still Cleveland's ace, and he even added a homer that day. The 10-game skid was Cleveland's longest road slump since 1991 when the Indians dropped 12 straight away from home.

Choo led the way on Saturday, but he certainly wasn't alone in providing the Indians' offense with some pop. Cleveland had 10 hits in the first five innings. Seven of those came in the third inning, including five doubles, as the Indians jumped out to a 9-1 lead and sent Seattle starter Miguel Batista packing after recording just six outs.

The eight-run advantage was a lead that even Cleveland starter Jeremy Sowers couldn't squander, as the young lefty finally won in his 10th start with the Indians.

Sowers (1-5) got double plays to end the first and second innings with a runner at third both times, then made just one mistake thereafter when Seattle's Raul Ibanez homered on a 3-2 pitch in the third. Ibanez hit a grand slam on Friday night and has only increased his attractiveness to hitting starved teams looking to add a left-handed bat before the trade deadline.

Otherwise, the Mariners offense was punchless against Sowers, who pitched six solid innings, giving up four runs and five hits. He struck out three and walked three.

"It could have been better, but it could have been a whole lot worse, too," Sowers said. "Lately, I've been figuring out some stuff more."

Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth for Seattle, his first extra-base hit since June 14, a span of 136 plate appearances. It was the longest streak without an extra-base hit in his career.

Choo started the season on the disabled list. He rejoined the Indians on May 30. Most days he feels around 85 or 90 percent of how he was two years ago when the trade occurred. Other days "I feel really bad."

"Not like sore, but feel tired, uncomfortable, stiff," he said. "But that's normal after the surgery."

Choo was just 4-for-34 in his last 10 games entering Saturday, but jumped on an 1-0 pitch from Batista with two outs in the first for his fourth homer. The inning was kept alive when Suzuki had Jhonny Peralta's shot bounce out of his glove as he made a small leap to catch the liner. The play was ruled a hit and Choo then homered.

In the third, Choo added a ground-rule double on a deep fly ball to right-center that center field Willie Bloomquist said he lost in the sun on a bright, blue sky afternoon. Choo's double was the last of three consecutive doubles by the Indians. Ben Francisco and Peralta doubled before Choo, and Franklin Gutierrez and Jamey Carroll both doubled later in the third. Cleveland had five consecutive hits during one stretch and seven hits total in the inning.

"They did a good job of stringing it together and found some gaps," Wedge said.

Batista (4-11) may be bound for the bullpen again after another poor start. He gave up the first five hits to start the third and matched his career high with eight earned runs allowed in two-plus innings. Batista has not won as a starter since May 11 and his only win in the last two months came two weeks ago in a relief appearance against Detroit.

Notes

  • Both teams wore uniforms from the 1989 season as the Indians' team notes said, "for no apparent reason."
  • Indians DH Grady Sizemore walked four times, the most by any Cleveland batter this year.
  • Seattle RHP J.J. Putz could be activated for Sunday's game, or he could be making another rehab appearance at Triple-A Tacoma. Manager Jim Riggleman was unsure before Saturday's game of the plan with Putz, who has been on the DL since June 13.
 
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Casey Blake and Masahide Kobayashi finally have something to smile about on the road.  (AP)
Casey Blake and Masahide Kobayashi finally have something to smile about on the road. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

S. Choo
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, DH2000401 .272
Jamey Carroll, 2B5121004 .271
Ben Francisco, LF5211025 .291
Jhonny Peralta, SS5222000 .263
Shin-Soo Choo, RF5233010 .250
Casey Blake, 1B3121210 .286
Andy Marte, 3B5000034 .172
Sal Fasano, C4000010 .294
Franklin Gutierrez, CF5120001 .219
Totals39912868  
Batting
2B - Jamey Carroll (8, Rowland-Smith), Ben Francisco (20, Batista), Jhonny Peralta (26, Batista), Shin-Soo Choo 2 (10, Batista, Dickey), Franklin Gutierrez 2 (12, Rowland-Smith, Rowland-Smith)
HR - Shin-Soo Choo (4, Batista)
RBI - Jamey Carroll (23), Ben Francisco (36), Jhonny Peralta 2 (50), Shin-Soo Choo 3 (21), Casey Blake (55)
2-OUT RBI - Jamey Carroll (9), Jhonny Peralta (22), Shin-Soo Choo 2 (10)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Peralta-Blake, Peralta-Carroll-Blake
E - Andy Marte (2, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Jeremy Sowers (W,1-5) 6544331 7.33
Edward Mujica 2100000 4.34
Masahide Kobayashi 1322001 3.38
HBP - Ibanez (by Jeremy Sowers)
WP - Jeremy Sowers (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Sowers 103-62, Edward Mujica 24-18, Masahide Kobayashi 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Sowers 7-7, Edward Mujica 2-4, Masahide Kobayashi 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Sowers 26, Edward Mujica 7, Masahide Kobayashi 6
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5122010 .307
Willie Bloomquist, CF5010000 .267
Raul Ibanez, LF3211102 .279
Adrian Beltre, 3B4110001 .262
Jose Lopez, 2B3110100 .298
Jose Vidro, DH4012000 .215
Bryan LaHair, 1B3000113 .000
Jeff Clement, C4010012 .168
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4110001 .264
Totals3569533  
Batting
2B - Jose Vidro (11, Sowers)
HR - Ichiro Suzuki (4, Kobayashi), Raul Ibanez (13, Sowers)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (23), Raul Ibanez (60), Jose Vidro 2 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (7), Raul Ibanez (16)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (12, 3rd base off Sowers/Fasano)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ichiro Suzuki 1
E - Willie Bloomquist (2, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Miguel Batista (L,4-11) 2788121 6.98
Ryan Rowland-Smith 4411350 3.44
R.A. Dickey 2100210 3.73
Brandon Morrow 1000000 1.71
IBB - Blake by R.A. Dickey
HBP - Fasano (by Miguel Batista)
WP - Miguel Batista (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 58-32, Ryan Rowland-Smith 75-45, R.A. Dickey 41-21, Brandon Morrow 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 2-2, Ryan Rowland-Smith 2-5, R.A. Dickey 3-2
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 15, Ryan Rowland-Smith 19, R.A. Dickey 9, Brandon Morrow 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37869
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Eric Cooper