Carrasco K's 12, Indians sweep Mariners with 1-0 win

SEATTLE (AP) After one of the worst starts of his career, Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco spent several days tinkering to try and find solution.

All it took was Carrasco picking up his tempo and believing in what he was throwing.

''The last game I didn't have that. That's what I worked on the last four days, just to get to this game,'' Carrasco said. ''I always say that I just want to throw with conviction. But I didn't do that in my last game.''

Carrasco rebounded from that miserable outing with 12 strikeouts in seven innings, Jake Bauers hit a solo homer and the Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

Carrasco (2-2) pitched three-hit ball, dominating as the Indians handed Seattle its sixth straight loss. The right-hander struck out the side three times and only allowed one baserunner to reach third base. The 12 strikeouts were the most for Carrasco since striking out 14 last September against Toronto. He walked two.

It was a drastic turnaround after his last start, when Carrasco got just two outs, allowing six hits and six earned runs against Kansas City. It was the shortest outing of his career that wasn't cut short by injury.

''I think he was aggressive. It looked like there was conviction behind his pitches,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''He's got to trust himself a little bit. His stuff is too good.''

The Mariners ended their 20-game home run streak, a record to open a season. Seattle appeared to make it to 21 games in the third, when Ryon Healy hit a line drive down the left field line that was initially ruled a homer. It was overturned to a foul ball via replay, and Healy struck out.

Seattle's only hits were doubles by Mallex Smith and Domingo Santana and a single by Edwin Encarnacion. Santana reached third base with two outs in the sixth after a wild pitch but was stranded there as Jay Bruce struck out for a third time.

Nick Wittgren pitched the final two innings for his first career save.

Hitters on both teams said the late afternoon start and shadows made it difficult to read pitches.

''All you can do is battle, hope you get something to hit and put a good swing on it,'' Bauers said.

Seattle's Erik Swanson surpassed the expectations of manager Scott Servais in his first big league start. Servais was hopeful of getting five innings out of Swanson (0-1) in his first big league start, but the rookie nearly matched Carrasco.

''It was a good step in the right direction for sure,'' Swanson said.

Swanson allowed two hits over six innings, struck out five and didn't walk a batter. Bauers was the only Cleveland hitter to solve Swanson, with a single in the second and his second home run of the season on a 3-2 pitch in the fifth.

''He had thrown me a couple of fastballs away prior to that pitch and so I kind of had a good read on it and just decided to sell out,'' Bauers said.

POWER OUTAGE

Seattle had a miserable homestand at the plate after leading baseball in scoring through the first 15 games. The Mariners hit a combined .175 on the six-game homestand and struck out 72 times. Seattle was held to two runs or less in four of the six games.

The Mariners did face some of the top pitchers in the AL during the stretch including Trevor Bauer, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Carrasco.

''You're not going to win many ball games when you strike out 13, 14 times. You've got to get the ball in play and allow some things to happen offensively,'' Servais said. ''We've seen it really, really good and we've seen it poor here this homestand.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Francona said shortstop Francisco Lindor successfully completed his second rehab game Wednesday for Triple-A Columbus and has one more scheduled for Thursday. The team plans to drive Lindor from Louisville, Kentucky, to Cleveland to have his calf strain re-evaluated after Thursday's game. ... Francona insisted 1B Carlos Santana take the day off Wednesday. He said Santana has a tight hamstring and could use the two days of rest he'll get because of the Indians' day off Thursday.

Mariners: Mitch Haniger, the major league leader in extra-base hits, was a late scratch from the lineup due to a fever from a sinus infection.

UP NEXT

Indians: After a day off Thursday, the Indians return home, where RHP Corey Kluber (1-2, 6.16) is scheduled to start against Atlanta. Kluber is trying to rebound after giving up two home runs, five walks and six runs in 2 2/3 innings in his last start, against Kansas City.

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (1-1, 4.38) will try to build on the momentum he gained in his first quality start of the season when Seattle opens a four-game series at the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

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  • W: C. Carrasco (2-2)L: E. Swanson (0-1)S: N. Wittgren (1)
  • HR: CLE - J. Bauers (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF40000011.258.370.468.838-0.5
J. Ramirez 3B40000010.145.200.232.432-0.5
J. Kipnis 2B40000010.273.333.364.697-0.5
C. Gonzalez LF40100020.214.214.214.4290.0
T. Naquin DH20000010.255.271.383.654-0.5
a- H. Ramirez PH-DH10000011.184.298.327.625-0.5
J. Bauers 1B31211011.226.317.377.6946.5
G. Allen RF30000001.036.125.071.1960.0
R. Perez C30000020.162.256.297.553-1.0
M. Freeman SS20000110.200.333.200.5330.5
M. Moroff PR-SS00000000.077.077.115.1920.0
  • a-struck out for Naquin in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith CF40100020.221.308.338.6461.0
D. Santana LF40100021.337.406.535.9411.0
J. Bruce RF40000032.164.250.552.802-1.5
E. Encarnacion 1B30100121.281.397.531.9291.0
D. Vogelbach DH20000102.326.434.8371.2711.0
T. Beckham SS30000012.304.377.580.956-0.5
O. Narvaez C30000022.267.302.433.735-1.0
R. Healy 3B30000011.218.259.449.708-0.5
D. Moore 2B20000010.160.276.280.556-0.5
a- D. Gordon PH-2B10000000.290.320.377.6970.0
  • a-grounded out for Moore in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Bauers (2)
  • RBI - J. Bauers (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Martin, J. Bauers, G. Allen
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Smith, D. Santana (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bruce, E. Encarnacion, O. Narvaez, R. Healy
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kipnis-Ramirez-Bauers)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Carrasco (W, 2-2)7.030021207.411.7632.0
N. Wittgren (S, 1)2.00000200.000.3314.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Carrasco (W, 2-2)7.0
N. Wittgren (S, 1)2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Swanson (L, 0-1)6.02110513.380.8815.5
Z. Rosscup1.01000203.002.333.0
B. Brennan1.00001100.680.672.5
A. Swarzak1.00000300.000.564.5
PITCHERSIP
E. Swanson (L, 0-1)6.0
Z. Rosscup1.0
B. Brennan1.0
A. Swarzak1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Carrasco
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 108-72, N. Wittgren 29-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 3-5, N. Wittgren 3-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 25, N. Wittgren 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Swanson 81-50, Z. Rosscup 17-11, B. Brennan 16-8, A. Swarzak 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Swanson 5-8, Z. Rosscup 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Swanson 20, Z. Rosscup 4, B. Brennan 4, A. Swarzak 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF40000011.258.370.468.838-0.5
J. Ramirez 3B40000010.145.200.232.432-0.5
J. Kipnis 2B40000010.273.333.364.697-0.5
C. Gonzalez LF40100020.214.214.214.4290.0
T. Naquin DH20000010.255.271.383.654-0.5
a- H. Ramirez PH-DH10000011.184.298.327.625-0.5
J. Bauers 1B31211011.226.317.377.6946.5
G. Allen RF30000001.036.125.071.1960.0
R. Perez C30000020.162.256.297.553-1.0
M. Freeman SS20000110.200.333.200.5330.5
M. Moroff PR-SS00000000.077.077.115.1920.0
Total3013111114-----
HITTERSAB
L. Martin CF4
J. Ramirez 3B4
J. Kipnis 2B4
C. Gonzalez LF4
T. Naquin DH2
a- H. Ramirez PH-DH1
J. Bauers 1B3
G. Allen RF3
R. Perez C3
M. Freeman SS2
M. Moroff PR-SS0
Total30
  • a-struck out for Naquin in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith CF40100020.221.308.338.6461.0
D. Santana LF40100021.337.406.535.9411.0
J. Bruce RF40000032.164.250.552.802-1.5
E. Encarnacion 1B30100121.281.397.531.9291.0
D. Vogelbach DH20000102.326.434.8371.2711.0
T. Beckham SS30000012.304.377.580.956-0.5
O. Narvaez C30000022.267.302.433.735-1.0
R. Healy 3B30000011.218.259.449.708-0.5
D. Moore 2B20000010.160.276.280.556-0.5
a- D. Gordon PH-2B10000000.290.320.377.6970.0
Total29030021411-----
  • a-grounded out for Moore in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Bauers (2)
  • RBI - J. Bauers (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Martin, J. Bauers, G. Allen
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Smith, D. Santana (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bruce, E. Encarnacion, O. Narvaez, R. Healy
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kipnis-Ramirez-Bauers)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Carrasco (W, 2-2)7.030021207.411.7632.0
N. Wittgren (S, 1)2.00000200.000.3314.0
Total9.03002140---
PITCHERSIP
C. Carrasco (W, 2-2)7.0
N. Wittgren (S, 1)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Swanson (L, 0-1)6.02110513.380.8815.5
Z. Rosscup1.01000203.002.333.0
B. Brennan1.00001100.680.672.5
A. Swarzak1.00000300.000.564.5
Total9.03111111---
PITCHERSIP
E. Swanson (L, 0-1)6.0
Z. Rosscup1.0
B. Brennan1.0
A. Swarzak1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Carrasco
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 108-72, N. Wittgren 29-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 3-5, N. Wittgren 3-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 25, N. Wittgren 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Swanson 81-50, Z. Rosscup 17-11, B. Brennan 16-8, A. Swarzak 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Swanson 5-8, Z. Rosscup 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Swanson 20, Z. Rosscup 4, B. Brennan 4, A. Swarzak 3
  • 5TH INNING
    Bauers homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved Brandon Brennan
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Wittgren Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana flied out to deep center
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce grounded out to third
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brandon Brennan relieved Zac Rosscup
    • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Allen flied out to left
    • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • Max Moroff ran for Mike Freeman
    • L. Martin: Foul, Martin flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Wittgren relieved Carlos Carrasco
    • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Healy grounded out to shortstop
    • Dee Gordon hit for Dylan Moore
    • D. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Zac Rosscup relieved Erik Swanson
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis grounded out to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez singled to left
    • Hanley Ramirez hit for Tyler Naquin
    • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion singled to center
    • D. Vogelbach: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Vogelbach popped out to third
    • T. Beckham: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
    • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • E. Swanson Pitching:
    • M. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Freeman struck out looking
    • L. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Martin grounded out to second
    • J. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • D. Moore: Ball, Moore popped out to second
    • M. Smith: Smith lined out to center
    • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Santana doubled to center
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Santana to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • E. Swanson Pitching:
    • T. Naquin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Naquin lined out to left
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bauers homered to center
    • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Allen lined out to right
    • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vogelbach walked
    • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Beckham flied out to deep center
    • O. Narvaez: Foul, Foul, Narvaez flied out to center
    • R. Healy: Healy grounded into fielder's choice to third, Vogelbach out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • E. Swanson Pitching:
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to right
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis grounded out to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Smith doubled to left
    • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
    • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • E. Swanson Pitching:
    • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez lined out to third
    • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Martin: Ball, Martin grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
    • R. Healy: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Healy struck out looking
    • D. Moore: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • E. Swanson Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
    • J. Bauers: Bauers singled to center
    • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Allen lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion walked
    • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vogelbach grounded out to third, Encarnacion out at second
    • T. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • E. Swanson Pitching:
    • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to deep right
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)