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Mariners routed in home opener

Cleveland Indians' Travis Hafner, right, is greeted at home by Carlos Santana (41) and Shin-Soo Choo after he hit them in on a 3-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning of the M's home opener, Friday, April 8, 2011. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Cleveland Indians' Travis Hafner, right, is greeted at home by Carlos Santana (41) and Shin-Soo Choo after he hit them in on a 3-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning of the M's home opener, Friday, April 8, 2011. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

SEATTLE — Travis Hafner had an RBI single and hit a three-run homer that nearly reached the third-deck of seats as part of Cleveland’s 10-run fourth inning, and the Indians won their fifth straight with a 12-3 rout of the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

Carlos Carrasco (1-1) gave up one run and four hits in six innings, shutting down a Mariners team that is already becoming reminiscent of last year’s offensively challenged ball club just a week into the season.

Seattle’s pitching was torn apart by the Indians for 17 hits, a day after Cleveland got just three hits in a 1-0 win over Boston.

They had already equaled that total before Shin-Soo Choo stepped in to begin the fourth inning. Fourteen batters and 10 runs later, the Indians were finally headed back on the field.

Starting with Choo, the first five Indians in the inning had hits, although Seattle starter Jason Vargas (0-1) was a bit unlucky. Choo reached on a bloop, Carlos Santana’s grounder went off the glove of diving shortstop Brendan Ryan and Hafner scored Choo on a broken-bat single.

Austin Kearns, who was hitless in his first 10 at-bats this season, lined a double off the wall in left field for his first hit of the season. Matt LaPorta briefly stopped the streak, settling for a sacrifice fly, but Jack Hannahan followed with an RBI single that finally ended Vargas’ night.

Rookie reliever Tom Wilhelmsen fared no better. A two-out walk to Choo kept the inning going for Santana to add a two-run single and Hafner to hit his second homer of the season, a nearly 400-foot shot that rattled the window of a restaurant in right field.

It was Cleveland’s first 10-run inning since a franchise-record 14 runs scored in one inning against the Yankees in 2009.

Every Indians starter scored at least once and LaPorta was the only hitless Indians’ batter until a double in the ninth. Asdrubal Cabrera lined a solo homer in the first inning, while Orlando Cabrera went 3 for 3, two of those hits coming in the fourth inning.

It was the worst home-opening loss in Mariners history and came on a night the club honored late Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus, who died of a heart attack last November. His widow, Marilyn, threw out the first pitch to AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez.



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