Yonder Alonso's grand slam leads Cleveland over Mariners 6-5

SEATTLE (AP) A little of the pressure to contribute right away with his new club has been lifted from Yonder Alonso.

Hitting a grand slam in just the second game of the season will take away some stress.

''After this game, doing something for the team, I think it helps you get settled a little bit, which is nice,'' Alonso said.

Alonso hit his third career grand slam in the first inning, Yan Gomes added a two-run shot and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Alonso and Gomes provided the big blows off Seattle starter James Paxton, who struggled with command and failed to make it out of the fifth inning.

Alonso was the beneficiary of a pair of two-out walks in the first inning to Edwin Encarnacion and Rajai Davis that loaded the bases. Davis' at-bat was crucial as he fouled off three 3-2 pitches before walking. Paxton (0-1) left a fastball in the middle of the plate and Alonso clubbed his first grand slam since June 6, 2015, when he was with San Diego. It was just his 12th career home run against left-handed pitching.

''(Rajai) had what felt like a 20-pitch at-bat,'' Alonso said. ''Just kept fouling off pitches and the guys obviously before him had really good at-bats. ... I think it was all brought because of the guys in front of me.''

Gomes' two-run shot became the difference, driving a 2-2 fastball from Paxton to the deepest part of Safeco Field. Paxton gave up six earned runs and walked four.

''I wasn't locating my fastball very well, and when I did, it was over the plate,'' Paxton said.

Paxton's day would have been worse if not for Ichiro Suzuki showing that he can still be a defensive star even at age 44.

Suzuki robbed Jose Ramirez of a home run leading off the third inning, timing his leap perfectly to reach above the wall in left field and pull back a ball that appeared destined for the bullpens beyond the fence. Suzuki also had his first two hits for Seattle since July 21, 2012, before he was traded to the New York Yankees.

Suzuki reached on an infield single and scored in the third inning, and moved into 21st place by himself on the all-time hits list with a two-out single off Andrew Miller in the seventh. Suzuki passed Cap Anson on the hits list with 3,082.

''I'd never made a play like that in left field, but I was able to get to the ball quick and get to the wall. I'm glad it worked out,'' Suzuki said through an interpreter.

Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco wasn't at his best, either, but pitched into the sixth inning to get the victory. Carrasco (1-0) gave up five runs and seven hits, but didn't walk a batter.

Seattle worked its way back from the early four-run deficit on the strength of home runs by Mitch Haniger and a two-run shot by Nelson Cruz in the sixth inning to pull within 6-5. Cruz had just one home run in his first 48 at-bats last season; he's got two in six at-bats this year.

But Seattle could never draw even as Zach McAllister and Andrew Miller pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, before Cody Allen pitched the ninth for the save.

ANOTHER INJURY

As if Seattle needed more injury issues, Cruz left the game with a twisted right ankle after slipping on the dugout steps following his home run in the sixth inning. X-rays were negative but Cruz will undergo an MRI on Sunday. Cruz was wearing a protective boot after the game.

''When I heard that, I wanted to throw up,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''I really don't know any other way to put it. Our club has just battled through a bunch of nagging injuries here in spring training and early in the season here.''

Cruz's absence was felt in the eighth after Robinson Cano led off with a bloop double but never advanced. Guillermo Heredia, pinch-hitting for Cruz, was unable to bunt Cano to third and flew out. Miller finished the inning with strikeouts of Kyle Seager and Ryon Healy.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Michael Brantley is expected to remain in Arizona through at least Tuesday before a decision is made on where he goes as he continues to recover from offseason ankle surgery.

Mariners: RHP Erasmo Ramirez threw about 25 pitches in a simulated game on Friday as he continues to recover from a strained lat muscle. Ramirez is likely to throw another simulated game before going out on a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT:

Indians: Trevor Bauer gets his first start of 2018. Bauer won a career-high 17 games in 2017 and had a career-low ERA for a full season of 4.19.

Mariners: Mike Leake makes his 2018 debut trying to build on his close to 2017. Leake was 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA in five starts after being acquired by Seattle late last season.

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  • W: C. Carrasco (1-0)L: J. Paxton (0-1)S: C. Allen (1)
  • HR: CLE - Y. Alonso (1), Y. Gomes (1), SEA - N. Cruz (2), M. Haniger (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Ramirez 3B40000003.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Encarnacion DH31000110.200.429.200.6291.5
R. Davis CF-LF31000110.000.250.000.2501.5
Y. Alonso 1B22141210.167.375.6671.04211.5
B. Guyer LF20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
a- B. Zimmer PH-CF20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Gomes C41121030.286.375.7141.0895.5
L. Chisenhall RF40100010.286.375.429.8040.5
  • a-flied out for Guyer in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon CF51200010.375.444.375.8192.5
J. Segura SS40110022.125.125.125.2501.0
R. Cano 2B41310010.571.571.7141.2865.5
N. Cruz DH31121002.333.3331.3331.6677.0
a- G. Heredia PH-DH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Seager 3B40000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
M. Haniger RF31111100.667.7141.3332.0487.0
R. Healy 1B40000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
M. Marjama C30000000.000.000.000.0000.0
b- D. Vogelbach PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
I. Suzuki LF41200000.333.333.333.6673.0
  • a-flied out for Cruz in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Marjama in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Kipnis
  • HR - Y. Alonso, Y. Gomes
  • RBI - Y. Alonso 4 (4), Y. Gomes 2 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alonso 4 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Cano
  • HR - N. Cruz (2), M. Haniger
  • RBI - J. Segura, R. Cano, N. Cruz 2 (4), M. Haniger
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Haniger
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Carrasco (W, 1-0)5.27550427.941.2412.0
Z. McAllister (H, 1)1.00000000.000.003.0
A. Miller (H, 1)1.13001300.003.000.5
C. Allen (S, 1)1.00000100.000.0010.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Carrasco (W, 1-0)5.2
Z. McAllister (H, 1)1.0
A. Miller (H, 1)1.1
C. Allen (S, 1)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Paxton (L, 0-1)4.266644211.572.14-7.0
C. Lawrence2.20000200.000.007.0
M. Rzepczynski0.20000100.000.000.5
D. Altavilla1.00000100.000.003.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Paxton (L, 0-1)4.2
C. Lawrence2.2
M. Rzepczynski0.2
D. Altavilla1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Miller
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 77-52, Z. McAllister 8-5, A. Miller 26-19, C. Allen 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 4-8, C. Allen 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 23, Z. McAllister 3, A. Miller 8, C. Allen 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 104-60, C. Lawrence 36-23, M. Rzepczynski 5-4, D. Altavilla 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 2-8, C. Lawrence 1-5, M. Rzepczynski 1-0, D. Altavilla 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 24, C. Lawrence 8, M. Rzepczynski 2, D. Altavilla 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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CLE1-1
400200000660
SEA1-1
0120020005100
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS50100011.111.111.111.2220.5
J. Kipnis 2B41200001.429.500.5711.0714.0
J. Ramirez 3B40000003.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Encarnacion DH31000110.200.429.200.6291.5
R. Davis CF-LF31000110.000.250.000.2501.5
Y. Alonso 1B22141210.167.375.6671.04211.5
B. Guyer LF20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
a- B. Zimmer PH-CF20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Gomes C41121030.286.375.7141.0895.5
L. Chisenhall RF40100010.286.375.429.8040.5
Total336662487-----
  • a-flied out for Guyer in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon CF51200010.375.444.375.8192.5
J. Segura SS40110022.125.125.125.2501.0
R. Cano 2B41310010.571.571.7141.2865.5
N. Cruz DH31121002.333.3331.3331.6677.0
a- G. Heredia PH-DH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Seager 3B40000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
M. Haniger RF31111100.667.7141.3332.0487.0
R. Healy 1B40000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
M. Marjama C30000000.000.000.000.0000.0
b- D. Vogelbach PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
I. Suzuki LF41200000.333.333.333.6673.0
Total3651052188-----
HITTERSAB
D. Gordon CF5
J. Segura SS4
R. Cano 2B4
N. Cruz DH3
a- G. Heredia PH-DH1
K. Seager 3B4
M. Haniger RF3
R. Healy 1B4
M. Marjama C3
b- D. Vogelbach PH1
I. Suzuki LF4
Total36
  • a-flied out for Cruz in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Marjama in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Kipnis
  • HR - Y. Alonso, Y. Gomes
  • RBI - Y. Alonso 4 (4), Y. Gomes 2 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alonso 4 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Cano
  • HR - N. Cruz (2), M. Haniger
  • RBI - J. Segura, R. Cano, N. Cruz 2 (4), M. Haniger
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Haniger
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Carrasco (W, 1-0)5.27550427.941.2412.0
Z. McAllister (H, 1)1.00000000.000.003.0
A. Miller (H, 1)1.13001300.003.000.5
C. Allen (S, 1)1.00000100.000.0010.5
Total9.01055182---
PITCHERSIP
C. Carrasco (W, 1-0)5.2
Z. McAllister (H, 1)1.0
A. Miller (H, 1)1.1
C. Allen (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Paxton (L, 0-1)4.266644211.572.14-7.0
C. Lawrence2.20000200.000.007.0
M. Rzepczynski0.20000100.000.000.5
D. Altavilla1.00000100.000.003.5
Total9.0666482---
PITCHERSIP
J. Paxton (L, 0-1)4.2
C. Lawrence2.2
M. Rzepczynski0.2
D. Altavilla1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Miller
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 77-52, Z. McAllister 8-5, A. Miller 26-19, C. Allen 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 4-8, C. Allen 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 23, Z. McAllister 3, A. Miller 8, C. Allen 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 104-60, C. Lawrence 36-23, M. Rzepczynski 5-4, D. Altavilla 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 2-8, C. Lawrence 1-5, M. Rzepczynski 1-0, D. Altavilla 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 24, C. Lawrence 8, M. Rzepczynski 2, D. Altavilla 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Cruz homered to left center, Cano scored65
  • 4TH INNING
    Gomes homered to center, Alonso scored63
  • 3RD INNING
    Cano singled to left, Gordon scored, Segura to second43
    Segura singled to center, Suzuki scored, Gordon to third42
  • 2ND INNING
    Haniger homered to left41
  • 1ST INNING
    Alonso homered to right, Kipnis, Encarnacion and Davis scored40
  • 9TH INNING
    • Dan Altavilla relieved Marc Rzepczynski
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chisenhall grounded out to first
    • F. Lindor: Lindor grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Cody Allen relieved Andrew Miller
    • Daniel Vogelbach hit for Mike Marjama
    • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
    • I. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon flied out to left
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • C. Lawrence Pitching:
    • R. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Davis fouled out to first
    • Marc Rzepczynski relieved Casey Lawrence
    • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • B. Zimmer: Zimmer grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Miller Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Cano doubled to center
    • Guillermo Heredia hit for Nelson Cruz
    • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Heredia flied out to deep left
    • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • M. Haniger: Haniger intentionally walked
    • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Lawrence Pitching:
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis fouled out to catcher
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to left
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. McAllister Pitching:
    • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Healy flied out to right
    • M. Marjama: Marjama fouled out to catcher
    • Andrew Miller relieved Zach McAllister
    • I. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Suzuki singled to left center
    • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon singled to shallow left center, Suzuki to second
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Lawrence Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Chisenhall flied out to right
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Segura grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Cano: Cano singled to shallow center
    • N. Cruz: Cruz homered to left center, Cano scored
    • K. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Seager flied out to deep right
    • Zach McAllister relieved Carlos Carrasco
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Haniger flied out to shallow right
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
    • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to right
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked
    • Casey Lawrence relieved James Paxton
    • Bradley Zimmer hit for Brandon Guyer
    • B. Zimmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Zimmer flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • M. Marjama: Strike looking, Marjama popped out to second
    • I. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Suzuki flied out to deep right
    • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
    • B. Guyer: Ball, Ball, Guyer flied out to deep center
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gomes homered to center, Alonso scored
    • L. Chisenhall: Chisenhall singled to shallow right center
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor flied out to deep center
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis singled to right center, Chisenhall to second
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • K. Seager: Seager flied out to center
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Haniger flied out to right
    • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Healy flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • M. Marjama: Foul, Ball, Marjama grounded out to second
    • I. Suzuki: Suzuki reached on an infield single to second
    • D. Gordon: Gordon singled to right center, Suzuki to third
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Segura singled to center, Suzuki scored, Gordon to third
    • R. Cano: Ball, Strike swinging, Cano singled to left, Gordon scored, Segura to second
    • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Cruz lined into double play first to shortstop, Segura out at second
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chisenhall struck out swinging
    • F. Lindor: Lindor reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • J. Kipnis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Seager grounded out to second
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger homered to left
    • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor lined out to third
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Kipnis doubled to deep right center
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez fouled out to first
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion walked
    • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davis walked, Kipnis to third, Encarnacion to second
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso homered to right, Kipnis, Encarnacion and Davis scored
    • B. Guyer: Guyer grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon flied out to deep left
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)