Seattle at Cleveland

Final 10th
W: J. Putz (6-4) L: J. Lewis (0-4)
S: R. Messenger (1)
HR: SEA - T. Hulett (1)   CLE - S. Choo (8)

Mariners 4, Indians 3 wire reports

CLEVELAND -- If it's August, watch out for Raul Ibanez.

Ibanez upped his average for the month to .398 by singling in the go-ahead run to spark Seattle's two-run 10th inning, giving the Mariners a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

"It feels good anytime you can help the team win," Ibanez said. "We've been battling. I like the way we've been doing that."

The Mariners have the worst record in the American League, but have won the first two games of this series from the Indians, who had won 10 in a row.

Cleveland's latest loss featured the ejection of manager Eric Wedge for arguing a call in the top of the 10th that led to an important insurance run for the Mariners.

Seattle manager Jim Riggleman liked the way his team responded after seeing the lead get away.

"Nobody quit," he said. "Guys went out there and kept competing."

Ichiro Suzuki, who had three hits, walked to start the 10th off Jensen Lewis (0-4). After a force play, Adrian Beltre's single moved Jeremy Reed to third. Ibanez, who is 43-for-108 this month, singled through the right side on a 1-1 changeup, scoring Reed.

"I don't think the pitch was up," said Ibanez, who was 3-for-5. "I hit it in the right place where nobody was standing and it worked out."

This is not the first time he's come alive with a great August. Last season, he hit .374 with nine homers for the month.

"Raul Ibanez is probably one of the most underrated players in the game," Lewis said.

Seattle took a 2-0 lead into the ninth, but Shin-Soo Choo's two-run homer off closer J.J. Putz tied the game.

The inning also featured some controversy. Jose Lopez followed with a ground ball to the left side that was heading toward shortstop Jhonny Peralta, but instead appeared to hit Beltre in the chest. Beltre was called out and Lopez was credited with an infield single. Wedge argued that Beltre intentionally slowed up so the ball would hit him and the play should have been ruled a double play. He was ejected by third base umpire Fieldin Culbreth after a lengthy discussion.

"It should have been an automatic double play," Wedge said. "They didn't see it that way."

Riggleman wasn't convinced.

"I've never seen that call (a double play) before," he said.

Jamie Burke followed with an RBI single, which turned out to be a big run since the Indians rallied again. Grady Sizemore led off the 10th with a double off Sean Green and scored on Jhonny Peralta's two-out single. Randy Messenger replaced Green and retired pinch-hitter Victor Martinez on a ground ball for his first save.

A strong outing by starter Jarrod Washburn, along with Tug Hulett's first major league home run, had the Mariners on the verge of a win, but Putz couldn't close it out. Ryan Garko started the ninth with a single and Choo homered into the Indians' bullpen in center field on a 3-2 pitch.

Washburn held the Indians to three hits and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings in nearly breaking his personal five-game losing streak. Washburn hasn't won since July 27.

It's getting a little frustrating," he said of his winless streak. "We won the game. That's all that matters."

Hulett homered to lead off the third.

Cleveland starter Anthony Reyes allowed one run in seven innings.

Washburn had lost five straight starts coming into the game, and had a 6.75 ERA in August. In this one, he took control, recording six strikeouts in a span of seven batters at one point. Washburn recorded his 1,000th career strikeout when he fanned Garko in the fourth. The left-hander struck out the side in that inning.

Washburn was pulled after walking Kelly Shoppach with two outs in the seventh. Miguel Batista retired Andy Marte on a liner to shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt to end the inning.

Beltre's sacrifice fly in the eighth made it 2-0.


Martinez, who returned to the lineup Friday after missing two months because of elbow surgery, didn't start Saturday. Wedge said he will play first base or be the designated hitter Sunday. ... Wedge's ejection was his fourth of the season. ... Sizemore doubled in the first, becoming the first player in Indians history to hit 30 homers and 30 doubles while stealing 30 bases in the same season. ... Hulett is the son of former major league infielder Tim Hulett. ... Riggleman said five or six players will be called up when the rosters can be expanded Monday.
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Players of the Game

S. Choo
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

R. Ibanez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4130101 .314
Jeremy Reed, CF4100004 .268
Adrian Beltre, 3B4011002 .252
Raul Ibanez, LF5131001 .304
Jose Lopez, 2B5010023 .297
Jeff Clement, C4010010 .231
    Jamie Burke, C1011000 .265
Tug Hulett, DH5121022 .250
Bryan LaHair, 1B3010102 .270
    Miguel Cairo, PR-1B0000000 .244
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000104 .268
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (15, Betancourt)
HR - Tug Hulett (1, An. Reyes)
SF - Adrian Beltre (3)
SH - Jeremy Reed (3)
RBI - Adrian Beltre (66), Raul Ibanez (93), Jamie Burke (6), Tug Hulett (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jamie Burke (2)
CS - Raul Ibanez (4, 2nd base by An. Reyes/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Jeremy Reed 1
DP - Washburn-LaHair
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn 6.2300480 4.72
Miguel Batista (H,1) 1.1100130 6.19
J.J. Putz (BS,8; W,6-4) 1222011 4.23
Sean Green (H,17) 0.2211000 4.14
Randy Messenger (S,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 108-62, Miguel Batista 20-13, J.J. Putz 26-15, Sean Green 16-9, Randy Messenger 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 7-3, J.J. Putz 2-0, Sean Green 1-1, Randy Messenger 1-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 25, Miguel Batista 6, J.J. Putz 5, Sean Green 4, Randy Messenger 1
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4120112 .272
Franklin Gutierrez, RF5010023 .237
Ben Francisco, DH4000114 .280
Jhonny Peralta, SS5011024 .278
    Jamey Carroll, PR0000000 .271
Ryan Garko, 1B4110010 .256
   a- Victor Martinez, PH1000001 .277
Shin-Soo Choo, LF4112020 .272
Kelly Shoppach, C3010110 .260
Andy Marte, 3B4010012 .206
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B2000210 .215
a-grounded out for Garko in the 10th
2B - Grady Sizemore 2 (31, Washburn, Green), Andy Marte (10, Washburn)
HR - Shin-Soo Choo (8, Putz)
RBI - Jhonny Peralta (74), Shin-Soo Choo 2 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta (32)
Team LOB - 8
DP - A. Cabrera-Peralta-Garko
Cleveland Indians
Anthony Reyes 7711131 2.93
Rafael Betancourt 1211010 5.22
Brendan Donnelly 1000100 6.75
Jensen Lewis (L,0-4) 1422110 4.31
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Reyes 110-75, Rafael Betancourt 17-12, Brendan Donnelly 15-10, Jensen Lewis 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Reyes 6-10, Rafael Betancourt 1-1, Brendan Donnelly 2-1, Jensen Lewis 1-0
Batters Faced - Anthony Reyes 27, Rafael Betancourt 5, Brendan Donnelly 4, Jensen Lewis 7
Game Information
Attendance - 33387
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth