Indians Fall to Mariners, Fall 5.5 Back of Tigers

Cleveland (WOIO) - The Indians lose Monday night by the score of 3-2 at Progressive Field in their series opener to the Seattle Mariners.  The Tribe went down 1-0 in the first, when Ichiro Suzuki hit a leadoff homerun to right field off of Fausto Carmona.  The Mariners scored their second run in the second inning when Wells scored from third after Marson's throw hopped into the outfield after attempting to throw the stealing Kennedy out at second.  Fausto then settled down, giving up no more runs in his six innings of work, in which he tallied six strikeouts.

The Indians battled back in the bottom of the second to tie the game up at 2-2 after Marson and Carrera hit back to back RBI singles, scoring Santana and Hannehan, respectively.   Indians closer Chris Perez will get credit for the loss on Monday after pegging two Mariner players back to back in the top of the ninth.  This eventually led to Franklin Gutierrez hitting a sacrifice fly that scored a tagging Miguel Olivo from third.  The Indians attempted to rally in the bottom of the ninth, having runners on second and third base with two outs, but Ezequiel Carrera couldn't convert and grounded out to first base to end the game.

This puts the Tribe five games back of the Detroit Tigers in the Central Division as the Tigers won 5-2 over Tampa bay on Monday.  The Indians will face the Mariners twice on Tuesday in a double header at Progressive Field that will feature pitching battles between Beaven(3-4) vs. Masterson(10-7) in the first game at 1:05pm, and Vasquez(0-0) vs. McAllister(0-0) in the second game at 7:05pm.