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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians are finding ways to win these days even when something goes wrong.
Jason Kipnis scored the winning run in the ninth inning when Brendan Ryan's throw pulled catcher Jesus Montero off the plate, sending the Indians to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.
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"We made it more exciting than it needed to be, but there is something to be said for being resilient," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Rather than feeling sorry for yourself when you get punched in the gut, we came back to win."
Kipnis, who won Friday's game with a three-run homer in the 10th, sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single against Oliver Perez (1-1). He moved to third on Asdrubal Cabrera's double and Nick Swisher was walked intentionally to load the bases.
Mark Reynolds then hit a sharp ground ball that forced Ryan to make a diving stop, and he was unable to get the forceout at home.
"That was a very uneventful walkoff, but a win is a win," Reynolds said. "I just tried to put the ball in play somewhere. When I hit it I said to myself, `please get through,' then it was `please make a bad throw,' and Then `please get there.' "
Reynolds hit his 12th homer and finished with three RBIs as the Indians won for the 16th time in their last 20 games.
"That's baseball," Reynolds said. "We were like, `Oh well, let's go win it in the ninth. If not, we've got a good bullpen."
After Kipnis scampered home to end the game, Mariners manager Eric Wedge came on the field to discuss the call with home plate umpire Mike Winters. He quickly went back to the dugout.
"The throw beat him, but Monty came off the plate early," Wedge said. "You have to stand on the plate. You have to, but he came out a little bit early. We got the ground ball we wanted - Ryno made a great play - but we didn't get it done."
Chris Perez (2-0) retired the first two hitters before Ibanez homered to right, cutting the lead to 4-3. Smoak then homered to center on a 1-1 pitch.
"The one to Ibanez was a mistake," Perez said. "I missed my spot terribly. The one to Smoak, I was trying to throw it on the corner but I missed high. It's frustrating, but it's not one of the worst games I've ever had."
It was Perez's second blown save in eight chances this season and wasted a strong start by Zach McAllister, who allowed two runs and six hits in 7 1-3 innings.
Reynolds singled in a run in the first against Joe Saunders and drove a 3-2 pitch over the 19-foot high wall in left field in the fifth. Reynolds, signed as a free agent in December, is tied for the AL lead in home runs.
Michael Bourn and Kipnis each singled in a run in the sixth, but Ryan belted a two-run homer in the eighth to keep Seattle in the game.
Saunders allowed four runs and 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings, continuing his road woes. The left-hander is 0-4 with an 11.25 ERA in five starts away from Safeco Field this season, compared to 3-0 with an 0.94 ERA in four home starts.
Asked about his problems pitching away from home, Saunders said, "I'm gonna sacrifice a chicken before my next road start. ... This is just kind of a fluky thing."
The Indians and Mariners exchanged baserunning blunders in the middle innings.
Montero hit a leadoff single in the third and moved to second on Ryan's base hit with no outs. But Montero strayed too far from second when Endy Chavez took a strike while squaring around for a bunt attempt. He was tagged out in a rundown and McAllister retired the next two hitters.
Cabrera committed his own baserunning mistake after he led off the fifth with a single. Ibanez caught Swisher's high fly ball in front of the wall in left. Cabrera, thinking the ball was going to be for extra bases, was doubled off first.
The Indians chased Saunders in the sixth. Mike Aviles started the inning with a double and remained at second when Yan Gomes singled through the left side. After a sacrifice and with the infield playing in, Ryan fielded Bourn's ground ball behind the mound but his throw home was too late to get Aviles. Kipnis then blooped a single to left that scored Gomes.
Smoak led off the eighth with a double and scored when Ryan connected for his first homer of the season. Rich Hill recorded the final two outs of the eighth for Cleveland.
|Jason Kipnis is safe at home plate and accounts for the winning run for the Indians, who have won 16 of their last 20. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Endy Chavez, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.284|
|a- Jason Bay, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Michael Saunders, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Dustin Ackley, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.234|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.272|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.265|
|Michael Morse, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.254|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.236|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||3||2||2||1||1||0||0||.254|
|Jesus Montero, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.206|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||3||1||2||2||0||0||0||.178|
|a-flied out for Chavez in the 8th|
|2B - Endy Chavez (3, McAllister), Justin Smoak (7, McAllister)|
|HR - Raul Ibanez (8, Perez), Justin Smoak (2, Perez), Brendan Ryan (1, McAllister)|
|RBI - Raul Ibanez (20), Justin Smoak (7), Brendan Ryan 2 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (6), Justin Smoak (5)|
|CS - Jesus Montero (1, 3rd base by McAllister/Gomes)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Raul Ibanez 1|
|DP - Ibanez-Ryan-Smoak|
|Oliver Perez (L,1-1)||0||2||1||1||1||0||0||1.62|
|IBB - Swisher by Oliver Perez|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 120-73, Danny Farquhar 34-23, Oliver Perez 13-7, Yoervis Medina 2-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 12-2, Danny Farquhar 1-2, Yoervis Medina 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 29, Danny Farquhar 8, Oliver Perez 3, Yoervis Medina 1|
|Michael Bourn, CF||5||0||2||1||0||1||0||.311|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||1||4||.250|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||5||1||3||0||0||1||2||.245|
|Nick Swisher, DH||3||0||1||0||2||0||2||.268|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B-1B||5||1||2||3||0||1||1||.268|
|Carlos Santana, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.310|
|Michael Brantley, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.295|
|Mike Aviles, LF-3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.279|
|Yan Gomes, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.271|
|Drew Stubbs, RF||2||0||0||0||1||2||1||.257|
|2B - Asdrubal Cabrera (12, Perez), Nick Swisher (10, Saunders), Mike Aviles (3, Saunders)|
|HR - Mark Reynolds (12, Saunders)|
|SH - Drew Stubbs (1)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn (3), Jason Kipnis (24), Mark Reynolds 3 (37)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds 2 (16)|
|SB - Michael Bourn 2 (5, 2nd base off Saunders/Montero, 3rd base off Farquhar/Montero), Jason Kipnis (8, 2nd base off Farquhar/Montero)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Reynolds-Kipnis-Santana|
|Rich Hill (H,3)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.27|
|Chris Perez (BS,2; W,2-0)||1||2||2||2||0||1||2||1.80|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 95-63, Rich Hill 16-10, Chris Perez 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 10-9, Rich Hill 1-1, Chris Perez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 27, Rich Hill 3, Chris Perez 5|
|Attendance - 17574|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 62|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Tim Timmons|