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Mariners continue strong road play in Cleveland

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[August 01, 2014]  CLEVELAND -- Seattle has been road warriors this season, and that trend continued Thursday night as the Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at Progressive Field.

With the win, Seattle is 30-21 on the road, the second best road winning percentage (.588) in the American League. The Mariners have won 16 of their last 24 road games.

Thursday night it was catcher Mike Zunino who belted a two-run home run in the eighth inning, turning a 5-4 Cleveland lead into an eventual 6-5 Seattle victory.

After being shut out on three hits in a 2-0 loss to Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber on Wednesday night, the Mariners on Thursday pounded out 11 hits, including two doubles and two homers.

"The guy last night had Cy Young stuff," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. "Sometimes it's not the hitters. Tonight we had some pitches over the plate and we took advantage of them."

With the Mariners trailing 5-4, third baseman Kyle Seager led off the Seattle eighth by drawing a walk off right-hander Bryan Shaw (4-3). Zunino then ripped a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall for his third home run in the last four games and his 17th of the season, the third-most by a catcher in the major leagues.

"Shaw threw one where Zunino could whack it," said Cleveland manager Terry Francona.

"There's a nice little porch over there in left," Zunino said. "Just enough to get them over, that's all I'm trying to do. I was just trying to put a good swing on the ball. I was happy it went out."

The win went to left-hander Joe Beimel (3-1), who got the last out of the seventh inning.

Cleveland took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh.

With the score tied at 4, shortstop Jose Ramirez reached on an infield single. A wild pitch by left-hander Charlie Furbush moved Ramirez to second. Center fielder Michael Brantley walked, and right-hander Danny Farquhar relieved Furbush.

First baseman Carlos Santana lined a single to left, scoring Ramirez and putting the Indians on top.

Following Zunino's home run, Seattle's bullpen preserved the lead. Right-hander Brandon Maurer retired the side in order in the eighth, and closer Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth to pick up his American League-leading 30th save.

Cleveland jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning off right-hander Chris Young. Second baseman Jason Kipnis led off the bottom of the first with a double, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ramirez, and scored on a single by Brantley.

Seattle tied it in the top of the second when designated hitter Kendrys Morales doubled leading off the inning against right-hander Zach McAllister. Morales went to third on a single by Seager, and Morales scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Logan Morrison.

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The Mariners sent seven men to the plate in the third inning and scored three times to take a 4-1 lead. Center fielder Endy Chavez led off with an infield single and he rode home on left fielder Dustin Ackley's fifth home run, over the right field wall, giving Seattle a 3-1 lead.

Shortstop Chris Taylor followed Ackley's homer with a single, and he scored on a double by second baseman Robinson Cano as the Mariners pushed their lead to three.

Cleveland countered with three runs in the bottom of the third. Left fielder Mike Aviles led off with a walk and he scored on second baseman Jason Kipnis' sixth home run, over the wall in center field.

Later in the inning, Brantley tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Santana to make it 4-4.

McAllister gave up four runs on eight hits, but was removed from the game with the score tied at 4-4 and one out in the fourth inning.

"I didn't think we could afford to give up any more runs," said Francona. "When Zach is good, he's down with his fastball. If he's down, even if they barrel him up it's OK. But he was getting his ball up."

McAllister was 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA in his first three starts this year. In 10 starts since then he is 0-6 with a 7.89 ERA.

"Baseball is a game of ups and downs, but I just need to get more consistent," he said.

Young lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.

NOTES: Both the Indians and Mariners were busy at the trade deadline. As part of a three-team trade, the Mariners dealt INF Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay and acquired OF Austin Jackson from Detroit. ... The Mariners also acquired OF Chris Denorfia from San Diego in exchange for OF Abraham Almonte and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen. ... The Indians traded SS Asdrubal Cabrera to Washington in exchange for minor league INF Zach Walters. The Indians optioned Walters to Triple-A Columbus and recalled RHP Austin Adams from Columbus.

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