Cano's clout sends Mariners past Tribe in 10

Cano's clout sends Mariners past Tribe in 10

CLEVELAND -- Robinson Cano wasted no time against Indians closer Cody Allen. Seattle's second baseman scorched a first-pitch fastball in the 10th inning on Thursday, sending it into the center-field bushes at Progressive Field to propel the Mariners to a 10-7 win over Cleveland.

"I'd never got a hit against him," said Cano, who was 0-for-7 against Allen coming in. "He's one of the best closers in the game. This was the time where he gave me the one pitch over the plate."

The victory, which gave Seattle a series win in the three-game road set, came after the Indians did all they could to pull off a comeback. In the eighth inning, Cleveland's Mike Napoli belted the first pinch-hit blast of his career, providing a two-run shot off Mariners reliever Joaquin Benoit that pulled the game into a 7-7 deadlock.

That set the stage for Cano's game-deciding shot, which marked his sixth home run of the year.

"It would have been a great game to win. We kept coming," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Obviously, Nap with a huge hit. It's kind of fun to watch a guy that's not playing, sit there for eight innings and be locked in, and then go do what he did. That's pretty impressive."

Seattle backup catcher Steve Clevenger delivered his first home run of the season in the second inning, when his two-run blast off Cody Anderson staked Seattle to an early lead. Nelson Cruz came through with a bases-loaded walk and an RBI single against Trevor Bauer, who turned in two innings of relief behind starter Anderson.

Seattle right-hander Nathan Karns logged 5 1/3 innings and was charged with five runs, including three on a fifth-inning home run by Rajai Davis.

Anderson, who won the No. 4 spot in the Tribe's rotation this spring after a strong rookie showing last summer, has labored of late for the Indians. Over his past two outings, the righty has been charged with 10 runs on 18 hits in 8 1/3 innings. That includes giving up five on nine hits in only 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to Seattle.

"The last two times I've pitched, they've scored a lot of runs," Anderson said. "If I would have done my job, we'd be walking away with a win."

Clevenger cashes in: Clevenger came in with just one hit in his first 10 at-bats with his new club, but the 30-year-old former Oriole now has four homers in 149 Major League games, Thursday's coming on a 2-1 changeup. He wound up going 2-for-4 on the day with two runs and two RBIs.

"Anytime I can get in there, playing every now and then, and contribute some way, whether it's throwing out a guy or calling a good game or getting a hit and RBI, it's big," Clevenger said. "Every day you want to come in and contribute when your name is in the lineup."

Clevenger's two-run homer

Clevenger also threw out Francisco Lindor trying to steal second for the final out in the ninth. Lindor's steal attempt came on a 1-0 pitch to cleanup hitter Carlos Santana, but Francona did not take issue with the shortstop's aggressiveness

"It was a pretty good slide-step first pitch, and then he picked his leg up," Francona said of Seattle reliever Tony Zych. "I think it's a little bit a muddy track, but no, that was a good time to go."

Davis' dinger: Cleveland pieced together a one-out rally against Karns in the fifth, when Roberto Perez drew a walk and Tyler Naquin followed with a single. That set the table for Davis, who drilled the first pitch he received over the 19-foot wall in left for a three-run homer. Per Statcast™, the blast rocketed off Davis' bat at 104.4 mph and traveled 392 feet.

Davis' three-run homer

Big boys respond: After the Indians closed the gap to 5-3 on Davis' homer, the Mariners immediately answered with RBI hits by Cano and Cruz in the sixth to keep a needed cushion for Karns. Cano ripped a run-scoring double high off the wall in left-center to score Norichika Aoki, and Cruz brought home Cano with a base hit to center. Cano has been struggling since his hot start, but he went 3-for-5 with the game-winning homer and a walk to raise his average to .246 with 14 RBIs. Cruz also had a pair of hits and walked in a run with the bases loaded in a three-run fourth and is now batting .271 with seven RBIs.

Cano's RBI double

In a pinch: Cleveland began to claw back in the bottom of the sixth, when Jose Ramirez (RBI double) and Lonnie Chisenhall (RBI single) came through. In the eighth, manager Terry Francona turned to Napoli as a pinch-hitter. Napoli turned on a 2-0 slider, ripping it into the left-field stands for a two-run homer that tied the game. According to Statcast™, the home run had an exit velocity of 109.4 mph, representing the hardest-hit home run of the year for Cleveland.

"At the moment, it was an exciting moment," Napoli said. "It's something that, when you're on the bench, you think about all game and try to hopefully get that opportunity. But, it doesn't really mean anything coming away with a loss."

Chisenhall's RBI single

The Mariners' bullpen had allowed just two runs in its last 24 innings prior to Napoli's game-tying homer off Benoit.

Mariners: Felix Hernandez (1-1, 1.00 ERA) needs one strikeout to break the franchise-strikeout record he shares with Randy Johnson (2,162 career punchouts with Seattle) as he takes the hill for Friday's 7:05 p.m. PT series opener in Anaheim. Hernandez is 7-2 with a 1.37 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 92 innings in his last 14 starts against the Halos.

Indians: On Friday, the Tribe heads to Comerica Park to open a three-game weekend set with the rival Tigers. Right-hander Josh Tomlin (1-0, 1.80 ERA) is slated to take the ball for the Indians in the 7:08 p.m. ET series-opening tilt. He logged five solid innings against the Mets on Saturday before exiting with cramping in his right hamstring.

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