Bieber, bullpen lead Indians to 4-2 win over Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) Catcher Kevin Plawecki hasn't worked with Shane Bieber much, yet his respect for the young Cleveland Indians pitcher grows with each outing.

Bieber didn't have the neatest effort on Tuesday, but he came out on top as Cleveland beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2.

It wasn't pretty. In fact, Bieber gave up three walks for just the second time in 22 career starts for the Indians. But, he struck out five and scattered four hits in six innings, shaking off several tough situations to improve to 9-0 in his first 12 career road starts.

''You just see his demeanor never changes in any situation,'' Plawecki said. ''He's able to keep his composure and make pitches when he needs to. That's why I say it seems like he's been doing it for a long time.''

Bieber (2-0) and three relievers combined to hold the heavy-hitting Mariners to just six hits, though Jay Bruce was able to lift a solo home run to right-center field to extend Seattle's major league record string of games with a home run to start the season to 20 games. That homer made Seattle just the 10th team since 1908 with a 20-game home run streak.

Seattle now has 42 home runs, yet is mired in a five-game losing streak after a stretch of six straight wins that once had the Mariners atop the standings.

Bieber worked out of trouble several times to keep the Mariners at one run for much of the game. His 13 straight road starts without a loss to start his career is the third-longest streak in the major leagues since 2000. It didn't come easy, though.

His first major mistake was quickly followed by his second and a third when he walked Tim Beckham with two outs in the second. He then moved the shortstop to third when Plawecki lost view of a wild pitch that dribbled about 15 feet away from the plate. Then he gave up a second walk to Ryon Healy, and allowed Tom Murphy to bring in Beckham with a single.

From there, Bieber worked out of trouble in the first of five different innings in which the Mariners had runners in scoring position. He got Dee Gordon to hit a weak grounder with two on after Beckham's score in the second. In the fourth, he struck out Murphy with a runner on second.

He issued his third walk to Gordon to start the fifth and faced a scoring threat again when Mallex Smith followed with a single. But Plawecki threw out Gordon as he attempted to steal third base and Bieber struck out Domingo Santiago to end the inning. And he got Healy to fly out with Beckham at second in the sixth, his final full inning.

Bieber was pulled in the seventh after allowing a double to Murphy, but relievers Oliver Perez and Neil Ramirez ended the threat with a pop out behind second and a strikeout, respectively.

''I don't think it was his best command, but man he battled,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''Shoot, in the one inning (the second), he walked two and almost walked a third. I don't think he's ever done that in his career, but he battled and gave us a chance to win.''

Mariners manager Scott Servais pulled starter Mike Leake (2-1) after the sixth. He gave up eight hits, struck out four and walked none in a ground ball-inducing effort that was quiet, but effective.

Leake got double plays in the first and third to keep the Indians scoreless. He appeared headed for a third double play when a diving Gordon gathered in Jason Kipnis' ground ball behind second, then flipped it out of his glove to Beckham, who forced out lead runner Jose Ramirez. But the ball slipped out of Beckham's glove on the transfer, allowing Carlos Santana to reach first on the fielder's choice.

Hanley Ramirez sent the next pitch into left field to make it 2-1.

The Indians jumped on reliever Roenis Elias to put the close game away. Elias gave up a leadoff single to Tyler Naquin in the seventh, then moved him to second with a one-out balk. Mike Freeman brought him home with an RBI single and was replaced by pinch runner Max Moroff, who scored on Leonys Martin's double, making it 4-1.

''The tack-on runs have hurt here in this homestand,'' Servais said. ''We've been in a lot of these games, (then) go to the bullpen and you need that couple of shut-down innings and hope your offense can come back. And teams have tacked on a run here or there and it's been a little tougher.''

PREACHING PATIENCE

Francona met with Hanley Ramirez and his legion of outfielders this week to ensure everybody's up to speed on playing time possibilities. ''Basically four out of six can play,'' Francona said. ''I said, `I have an obligation to not let anybody sit very long and to keep guys productive. . So there's going to be days where you might sit where you'd normally take for granted that you would play.'''

INDIANS MOVES

Cleveland called up infielder Mike Freeman from Triple-A Columbus and put him in Tuesday's lineup, optioning struggling infielder Eric Stamets. Freeman, an offseason acquisition, was slowed in spring training while recovering from the knee surgery he had last year and finally seemed ready after starting the season in Tacoma. ''He's going to play short tonight,'' Francona said. ''That's not his best position, we know that. He's played second, he's played center. This is a kid when healthy, he can play anywhere, so he can be valuable.'' Stamets had a batting average of .049 in 14 games this season.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-2, 12.60) looks to rebound from his shortest start since 2016 after giving up six runs in just two-thirds of an inning in an April 12 loss to Kansas City.

Mariners: RHP Erik Swanson (0-0, 9.00) makes his first start of the season after replacing injured No. 4 starter Wade LeBlanc on the major league roster.

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CLE10-7
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SEA13-7
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  • W: S. Bieber (2-0)L: M. Leake (2-1)S: B. Hand (6)
  • HR: SEA - J. Bruce (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Martin CF50310013.276.391.500.8913.5
J. Ramirez 3B50100004.154.211.246.4571.0
J. Kipnis 2B41200001.429.500.5711.0716.0
C. Santana 1B41110032.389.515.5371.0522.5
H. Ramirez DH40110002.188.304.333.6372.0
T. Naquin RF41100012.267.283.400.6831.5
G. Allen RF00000000.040.138.080.2180.0
J. Bauers LF30100101.200.298.300.5982.0
K. Plawecki C40200002.200.273.400.6733.0
M. Freeman SS30110011.333.333.333.6671.5
M. Moroff PR-SS01000000.077.077.115.1921.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Smith CF50100012.219.311.328.6390.5
    M. Haniger RF40000013.271.312.576.888-0.5
    D. Santana LF30000122.341.413.537.9500.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000002.279.392.541.9330.0
    J. Bruce 1B41111000.175.264.587.8516.0
    T. Beckham SS31100110.318.392.606.9983.5
    R. Healy 3B30000111.227.268.467.7350.5
    T. Murphy C40310011.412.500.7061.2065.5
    D. Gordon 2B30000104.294.324.382.7070.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Martin (4), J. Kipnis, C. Santana (5), K. Plawecki
      • SH - M. Moroff
      • RBI - L. Martin (5), C. Santana (11), H. Ramirez (8), M. Freeman
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Martin, C. Santana (8), H. Ramirez (6), M. Freeman
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Martin (4), J. Ramirez 3 (8), H. Ramirez (9), T. Naquin (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Beckham (7), T. Murphy 2 (2)
      • HR - J. Bruce (8)
      • RBI - J. Bruce (14), T. Murphy (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce (2), T. Murphy
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith (5), M. Haniger (6), D. Santana (6), R. Healy (4), T. Murphy (4), D. Gordon (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Kipnis
      • CS - L. Martin (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - D. Gordon
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Ramirez (2), M. Freeman
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (W, 2-0)6.04113501.710.8122.5
      O. Perez (H, 2)0.20000007.711.500.0
      N. Ramirez (H, 2)1.11111115.191.380.5
      B. Hand (S, 6)1.01000102.081.159.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (W, 2-0)6.0
      O. Perez (H, 2)0.2
      N. Ramirez (H, 2)1.1
      B. Hand (S, 6)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Leake (L, 2-1)6.08220403.861.418.0
      R. Elias1.03220003.091.03-2.0
      C. Gearrin1.01000205.401.443.0
      S. Armstrong1.010010013.502.631.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Leake (L, 2-1)6.0
      R. Elias1.0
      C. Gearrin1.0
      S. Armstrong1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 106-64, O. Perez 10-6, N. Ramirez 16-10, B. Hand 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 6-6, N. Ramirez 2-1, B. Hand 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 26, O. Perez 2, N. Ramirez 5, B. Hand 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 85-57, R. Elias 26-20, C. Gearrin 18-12, S. Armstrong 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 8-5, R. Elias 0-3, S. Armstrong 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Leake 23, R. Elias 6, C. Gearrin 4, S. Armstrong 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      CLE10-7
      0002002004132
      SEA13-7
      010000010260
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Martin CF50310013.276.391.500.8913.5
      J. Ramirez 3B50100004.154.211.246.4571.0
      J. Kipnis 2B41200001.429.500.5711.0716.0
      C. Santana 1B41110032.389.515.5371.0522.5
      H. Ramirez DH40110002.188.304.333.6372.0
      T. Naquin RF41100012.267.283.400.6831.5
      G. Allen RF00000000.040.138.080.2180.0
      J. Bauers LF30100101.200.298.300.5982.0
      K. Plawecki C40200002.200.273.400.6733.0
      M. Freeman SS30110011.333.333.333.6671.5
      M. Moroff PR-SS01000000.077.077.115.1921.0
      Total36413401618-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Smith CF50100012.219.311.328.6390.5
        M. Haniger RF40000013.271.312.576.888-0.5
        D. Santana LF30000122.341.413.537.9500.0
        E. Encarnacion DH40000002.279.392.541.9330.0
        J. Bruce 1B41111000.175.264.587.8516.0
        T. Beckham SS31100110.318.392.606.9983.5
        R. Healy 3B30000111.227.268.467.7350.5
        T. Murphy C40310011.412.500.7061.2065.5
        D. Gordon 2B30000104.294.324.382.7070.0
        Total3326214715-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Martin (4), J. Kipnis, C. Santana (5), K. Plawecki
          • SH - M. Moroff
          • RBI - L. Martin (5), C. Santana (11), H. Ramirez (8), M. Freeman
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Martin, C. Santana (8), H. Ramirez (6), M. Freeman
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Martin (4), J. Ramirez 3 (8), H. Ramirez (9), T. Naquin (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Beckham (7), T. Murphy 2 (2)
          • HR - J. Bruce (8)
          • RBI - J. Bruce (14), T. Murphy (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce (2), T. Murphy
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith (5), M. Haniger (6), D. Santana (6), R. Healy (4), T. Murphy (4), D. Gordon (6)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Kipnis
          • CS - L. Martin (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - D. Gordon
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Ramirez (2), M. Freeman
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Bieber (W, 2-0)6.04113501.710.8122.5
          O. Perez (H, 2)0.20000007.711.500.0
          N. Ramirez (H, 2)1.11111115.191.380.5
          B. Hand (S, 6)1.01000102.081.159.5
          Total9.0622471---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Bieber (W, 2-0)6.0
          O. Perez (H, 2)0.2
          N. Ramirez (H, 2)1.1
          B. Hand (S, 6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Leake (L, 2-1)6.08220403.861.418.0
          R. Elias1.03220003.091.03-2.0
          C. Gearrin1.01000205.401.443.0
          S. Armstrong1.010010013.502.631.0
          Total9.01344160---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Leake (L, 2-1)6.0
          R. Elias1.0
          C. Gearrin1.0
          S. Armstrong1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 106-64, O. Perez 10-6, N. Ramirez 16-10, B. Hand 11-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 6-6, N. Ramirez 2-1, B. Hand 1-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 26, O. Perez 2, N. Ramirez 5, B. Hand 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 85-57, R. Elias 26-20, C. Gearrin 18-12, S. Armstrong 21-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 8-5, R. Elias 0-3, S. Armstrong 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Leake 23, R. Elias 6, C. Gearrin 4, S. Armstrong 5
          • 8TH INNING
            Bruce homered to center42
          • 7TH INNING
            Martin doubled to left center, Moroff scored41
            Freeman singled to left, Naquin scored31
          • 4TH INNING
            Ramirez singled to left center, Santana scored21
            Santana doubled to deep right center, Kipnis scored11
          • 2ND INNING
            Murphy singled to left, Beckham scored, Healy to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shawn Armstrong relieved Cory Gearrin
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bauers walked
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Plawecki singled to left, Bauers to second
            • M. Moroff: Moroff hit sacrifice bunt to third, Bauers to third, Plawecki to second
            • L. Martin: Martin popped out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ramirez popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Brad Hand relieved Neil Ramirez
            • R. Healy: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy doubled to left
            • D. Gordon: Gordon flied out to right
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Smith lined out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Cory Gearrin relieved Roenis Elias
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kipnis singled to right
            • C. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Kipnis stole second, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ramirez lined out to center, Kipnis to third
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Greg Allen in right field
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion grounded out to second, Santana out at second
            • J. Bruce: Bruce homered to center
            • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Roenis Elias relieved Mike Leake
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Naquin singled to right
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Bauers lined out to left
            • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Naquin to second on balk, Plawecki flied out to left
            • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Freeman singled to left, Naquin scored
            • Max Moroff ran for Mike Freeman
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Martin doubled to left center, Moroff scored
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ramirez flied out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Murphy doubled to left center
            • Oliver Perez relieved Shane Bieber
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon popped out to shortstop
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Smith fouled out to catcher
            • Neil Ramirez relieved Oliver Perez
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to deep right
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis doubled to deep left
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion lined out to left
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bruce flied out to center
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Beckham doubled to left
            • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Healy flied out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bauers flied out to deep center
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Foul, Plawecki doubled to deep left
            • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Freeman struck out looking
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • M. Smith: Ball, Smith reached on bunt single to pitcher, Gordon to second
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Haniger flied out to left
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon caught stealing third, catcher to third, Smith to second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martin singled to center
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Martin caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ramirez singled to left
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Kipnis reached on fielder's choice to second, Ramirez out at second
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Santana doubled to deep right center, Kipnis scored
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to left center, Santana scored
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Naquin grounded into fielder's choice to second, Ramirez out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce popped out to third
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy safe at first on 2nd baseman Freeman throwing error, Healy to second
            • T. Murphy: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Foul, Bauers singled to center
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Plawecki grounded out to second, Bauers out at second
            • M. Freeman: Ball, Freeman grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith grounded out to second
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Haniger safe at first on 3rd baseman Ramirez fielding error
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Encarnacion fouled out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez lined out to right
            • T. Naquin: Naquin flied out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike looking, Encarnacion flied out to center
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Bruce flied out to deep center
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beckham walked
            • R. Healy: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Beckham to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Healy walked
            • T. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Murphy singled to left, Beckham scored, Healy to second
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin singled to right center
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop, Martin out at second
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger flied out to deep center
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)