August 23, 2009 in Sports

M’s fall in 11th

Valbuena homer caps comeback
Associated Press
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Cleveland’s Luis Valbuena, top right, is congratulated after hitting a game-winning solo home run in the 11th.
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Today: Seattle at Cleveland, 10:05 a.m. TV: FSN. Radio: 920/1080-AM

CLEVELAND — Luis Valbuena wanted to show his former team what he could do.

Valbuena homered with two out in the 11th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

Valbuena lined a 2-0 pitch from right-hander Randy Messenger (0-1) over the right-field wall for his seventh homer to cap Cleveland’s comeback. The Indians trailed 3-0 after one inning.

“I knew it was going,” said Valbuena, a 23-year-old infielder from Venezuela who was acquired from the Mariners in a December trade. “I don’t try for home runs. I try to hit with a lot of good contact.

“I wanted to make a good impression on (the Mariners). I was running the bases like I was on air.”

Messenger, who has pitched parts of five seasons in the majors, came up from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day. Messenger, 28, entered with a 4-11 record in 161 career games.

“You’d like to be able to get guys back in a situation where it’s not so critical.” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. “A game goes along and you get into extra innings and you use who you have to use.”

Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki went 0 for 5 with a walk, ending his 12-game hitting streak and keeping him 12 hits short of 2,000 for his career. Four Seattle pitchers held the Indians hitless over 6 2/3 innings until Valbuena connected.

•The Mariners optioned right-hander Chris Jakubauskas to Triple-A Tacoma and purchased the contract of Messenger from Tacoma.

Jakubauskas has been bothered by soreness in his right shoulder, leaving the Mariners short a reliever.

Jakubauskas was 6-7 with a 5.28 ERA in 32 games, including eight starts.

Wakamatsu said Jakubauskas will return to Seattle with the team after today’s game, throw in the bullpen Monday and then report to Tacoma.

Indians 4, M’s 3 (11)

I.Suzuki rf 500011.360
F.Gutierrez cf 410010.287
Jo.Lopez 2b 501000.273
M.Sweeney dh 413000.249
Langerhans pr-dh 000000.220
Branyan 1b 511203.256
Hall 3b 502002.444
Johjima c 500000.243
Jo.Wilson ss 403010.371
M.Saunders lf 501001.250
Totals 42311237
Cleveland ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
Sizemore cf 401010.245
A.Cabrera ss 400011.313
Choo rf 501000.297
Jh.Peralta 3b 500000.276
Hafner dh 511101.272
Valbuena 2b 521101.244
Shoppach c 200002.210
LaPorta lf 412001.226
A.Marte 1b 301101.240
Totals 3747327
Seattle 30000000000—3111
Cleveland 00110010001—471

E—M.Saunders (1), Choo (6). LOB—Seattle 10, Cleveland 6. 2B—Jo.Lopez (32), M.Sweeney 2 (11). HR—Branyan (30), off Laffey; Hafner (12), off Fister; Valbuena (7), off Messenger. RBIs—Branyan 2 (75), Hafner (34), Valbuena (20), A.Marte (7). CS—Hall (1). S—Langerhans. SF—A.Marte. RLISP—Seattle 5 (F.Gutierrez, I.Suzuki, Branyan, Johjima, Hall); Cleveland 4 (Jh.Peralta, Choo, A.Cabrera, Sizemore). RMU—Sizemore, LaPorta. GIDP—A.Cabrera, Jh.Peralta. DP—Seattle 2 (Hall, Jo.Lopez, Branyan), (Jo.Lopez, Jo.Wilson, Branyan).

Fister 6 1/3 63214862.21
M.Lowe BS, 6-7 1 2/3 00000233.23
Kelley 200013303.98
Messenger L, 0-1 2/3 11100913.50
Laffey 7833221133.42
C.Perez 110002133.24
K.Wood 100011154.70
Sipp 2/3 10001103.96
Jo.Smith 100001153.34
R.Perez W, 2-2 1/3 1000067.96

IR-S—M.Lowe 2-1, Jo.Smith 1-0. HBP—by Fister (Shoppach), by Kelley (Shoppach). WP—C.Perez.

T—3:20. A—28,942 (45,199).

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