Indians score seven in 5th to top Mariners

1:01 AM, Apr 18, 2012   |    comments
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Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Carlos Santana belted a three-run home run during the Indians seven-run fifth inning and Cleveland defeated Seattle, 9-8, in the opener of a three-game series at Safeco Field on Tuesday.

It was 8-8 in the seventh when Travis Hafner stroked a leadoff single and Shelley Duncan followed with a walk off of Charlie Furbush (0-1). After consecutive strike outs and a pitching change, Jason Donald ripped a single to right field as Hafner crossed the plate for the go-ahead run.

The Cleveland bullpen kept the Indians in the game, allowing just three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings of relief work, despite a shaky bottom of the ninth from Chris Perez, who loaded the bases before nailing down his third save of the year.

Shin-Soo Choo and Donald tallied two hits and knocked in two runs apiece and Rafael Perez (1-0) pitched a scoreless bottom of the sixth to earn the win for the Indians, who continued their winning ways after sweeping the Royals over the weekend.

Neither pitcher tossed more than four innings as Cleveland's Justin Masterson was shelled for eight runs on seven hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings and Seattle starter Kevin Millwood surrendered seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits over four innings.

Justin Smoak had a career-high four hits while John Jaso smacked a two-run shot and knocked in three runs overall. Ichiro Suzuki also knocked in two for Seattle, which had taken two of three from Oakland coming into the game.

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