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Iwakuma, Mariners down Indians 5-2

AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) Hisashi Iwakuma kept his road record spotless with one minor blemish.

Iwakuma pitched seven strong innings to stay unbeaten in road games since last July, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Iwakuma (9-5) improved to 9-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his last 14 road starts, the second-longest such streak in club history. The Japanese right-hander is 5-0 outside Seattle this season.

''I didn't even know that,'' Iwakuma, speaking through a translator, said of his road perfection. ''I don't what the secret is.''

Dustin Ackley hit a two-run double in Seattle's four-run fourth against Trevor Bauer (4-6). Mike Zunino homered in the fifth for the Mariners, one of six teams scrapping for the AL's second wild-card spot.

The Indians are 5-7 since the All-Star break and are trying to decide whether to be active before Thursday's trade deadline.

Once again, Iwakuma didn't do anything to hurt himself. He allowed two runs and six hits, and only walked one - his first free pass in six starts. The right-hander has walked just nine all season.

''I'm a little disappointed he walked a batter,'' joked Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon. ''He's pretty good. He did a nice job for us.''

Iwakuma went 35 2-3 innings and 139 consecutive batters without giving up a walk before he put Michael Brantley on with four consecutive balls in the first.

McClendon laughed about Iwakuma's stunning loss of control.

''He doesn't mess around,'' McClendon cracked. ''He gets it done and gets it out of the way.''

Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his league-leading 29th save, and 18th in 19 tries.

The Mariners, who came in with the fewest runs scored in the AL, took a 4-0 lead in the fourth when they hit three doubles off Bauer.

Kyle Seager opened the inning by bunting against the shift, pushing a ball down the third-base line. Bauer hit Zunino, and one out later, Corey Hart hit an RBI double. With two outs, Ackley ripped his double off the right-field wall to make it 3-0.

Chris Taylor added another RBI double just over the glove of leaping left fielder Chris Dickerson.

Zunino's 16th homer gave the Mariners a 5-0 lead in the fifth and chased Bauer, who had gone at least six innings in each of his previous four starts.

Iwakuma dominated the Indians through four, but Cleveland got two runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis' run-scoring groundout.


The Mariners, who hadn't scored five runs in their past six games, improved to 39-10 when scoring four or more in a game.

''That's a good position for us,'' Ackley said. ''When we get ahead, it gives us a better feeling and puts the pressure on them.''


Seattle snapped a six-game losing streak in Cleveland. The Mariners' last win at Progressive Field was on Sept. 19, 2011.


Seattle center fielder James Jones ran down a drive by Nick Swisher and made a leaping catch before crashing into the padded wall in the seventh.


Mariners: Left-hander James Paxton (strained back muscle) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, and as long as there are no setbacks, he could start Saturday in Baltimore. He hasn't pitched in the majors since April 8.

Indians: As center fielder Michael Bourn rehabs his surgically repaired left hamstring, manager Terry Francona is trying to let the speedster recover at his own pace. Bourn has been on the disabled list since July 6, and it's not yet known when he will go on a rehab assignment or be activated. Bourn took batting practice before Tuesday's game.


Two of the AL's top pitchers match up in the second game of the series when Seattle's Felix Hernandez takes on Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Hernandez (11-2) has allowed two runs or less and pitched at least seven innings in 13 consecutive starts, an AL record. King Felix, though, is just 7-5 in his career against the Indians, with all five losses coming in Cleveland.

Kluber (10-6) carried a perfect game into the seventh inning of his previous start.

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Players of the Game

D. Ackley
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

H. Iwakuma
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 6

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Seattle Mariners
Dustin Ackley, LF5132010.256.303.372
Chris Taylor, SS4011003.333.385.500
Robinson Cano, 2B4010101.327.390.452
Kendrys Morales, DH5000035.219.250.302
Kyle Seager, 3B5120000.280.347.488
Mike Zunino, C3221011.214.265.435
Logan Morrison, 1B4010013.202.258.333
Corey Hart, RF3111001.211.288.327
   Endy Chavez, RF1000000.260.284.344
James Jones, CF4000033.260.290.316
Hisashi Iwakuma, P0000000.000.500.000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000.000.000.000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Dustin Ackley (21, Bauer), Chris Taylor (2, Bauer), Mike Zunino (16, Bauer), Logan Morrison (7, Crockett), Corey Hart (8, Bauer)
3B - Kyle Seager (4, Hagadone)
HR - Mike Zunino (16, Bauer)
RBI - Dustin Ackley 2 (34), Chris Taylor (2), Mike Zunino (38), Corey Hart (20)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Ackley 2 (14), Chris Taylor (2)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Cano-Taylor-Morrison
Seattle Mariners
Hisashi Iwakuma (W,9-5) 7622160 3.06
Charlie Furbush (H,13) 0.2100020 3.82
Yoervis Medina (H,16) 0.1000000 2.43
Fernando Rodney (S,29) 1100020 2.11
Pitches-Strikes - Hisashi Iwakuma 99-68, Charlie Furbush 8-7, Yoervis Medina 2-1, Fernando Rodney 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisashi Iwakuma 8-6
Batters Faced - Hisashi Iwakuma 27, Charlie Furbush 3, Yoervis Medina 1, Fernando Rodney 4
Cleveland Indians
Jason Kipnis, 2B4001021.244.325.347
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4010011.249.308.390
Michael Brantley, CF3000111.316.375.501
Carlos Santana, 1B4010011.233.370.453
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4000012.309.377.473
Nick Swisher, DH4120010.207.278.337
David Murphy, RF4010012.250.313.364
Yan Gomes, C4111012.280.323.466
Chris Dickerson, LF3020011.319.396.489
Trevor Bauer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Nick Hagadone, P0000000.000.000.000
   Carlos Carrasco, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kyle Crockett, P0000000.000.000.000
   John Axford, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Nick Swisher (19, Iwakuma), David Murphy (17, Iwakuma), Chris Dickerson (2, Iwakuma)
RBI - Jason Kipnis (34), Yan Gomes (43)
Team LOB - 6
Cleveland Indians
Trevor Bauer (L,4-6) 4.1855131 4.25
Nick Hagadone 2.1100030 2.79
Carlos Carrasco 0.1000010 3.60
Kyle Crockett 0.2200010 1.56
John Axford 1.1000010 3.32
IBB - Cano by Trevor Bauer
HBP - Taylor (by Trevor Bauer)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Bauer 78-47, Nick Hagadone 29-20, Carlos Carrasco 4-3, Kyle Crockett 20-15, John Axford 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Bauer 2-8, Nick Hagadone 2-2, Kyle Crockett 1-0, John Axford 2-1
Batters Faced - Trevor Bauer 24, Nick Hagadone 8, Carlos Carrasco 1, Kyle Crockett 4, John Axford 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15713
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Gabe Morales, Third Base - Angel Hernandez