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Mariners discover offense in rout of Cleveland

CLEVELAND – Reliever Jamey Wright summed up the mindset of the resurgent Mariners’ new offense: “It’s nice to beat up on someone for a change.”

Or perhaps the optimal quote was provided by Felix Hernandez, beneficiary, for once, of copious run support: “Wow.”

The team that for so long struggled, often unsuccessfully, to score runs is now awash in them. It may not last, but the M’s are thoroughly enjoying the rare experience of being a well-tuned offense.

On Wednesday, they bashed out 16 hits – after getting 17 in their previous game – and whipped the Cleveland Indians 9-2 at Progressive Field.

On the heels of their 12-7 win in the nightcap of Tuesday’s doubleheader, it marked the first time they scored 21 runs over consecutive games since Aug. 8-9, 2007.

Leading the way is rookie Kyle Seager, who departed on this seven-game road trip with a .182 batting average and comes home hitting .313. That’s what happens when you go 15 for 25 (.600), with seven runs, five doubles and two homers.

He was torrid in Cleveland, capped by Wednesday’s 4-for-4 game that included three doubles and a single, as well as a walk. In the four games against the Indians, Seager was 12 for 17 (.706), with a homer, five doubles, six runs and two runs batted.

“I don’t know how you can have a better series than Seager did,” shortstop Brendan Ryan said.

“This is definitely the best 24 hours I’ve had in a while,” Seager said. … “Hopefully, it’ll continue for a little bit and I can ride the wave.”

Seattle is hitting .283 as a team in August, a jump of 65 points from its July mark. It’s been the infusion of youth that has led the way, including Ackley, who had three hits Wednesday, and Mike Carp, whose 20-game hit streak ended Monday.

Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
I.Suzuki rf 6 1 2 1 0 0 .271
Ryan ss 5 1 2 2 1 1 .261
Ackley 2b 5 1 3 0 1 2 .288
Carp 1b 6 0 1 0 0 4 .300
C.Wells lf 5 0 0 0 0 2 .268
Olivo c 5 1 1 1 0 0 .218
Seager 3b 4 3 4 1 1 0 .313
W.Pena dh 3 2 3 4 1 0 .292
Robinson cf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .304
F.Gutierrez cf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .222
Totals 43 9 16 9 5 10
Cleveland AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Carrera cf 4 1 1 0 1 3 .271
Phelps 2b 5 0 0 0 0 0 .176
C.Santana c 4 0 0 0 0 2 .238
Marson c 1 0 0 0 0 1 .224
Duncan lf 5 0 3 1 0 1 .268
Fukudome rf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .272
Chisenhall dh 4 1 1 0 0 2 .240
LaPorta 1b 4 0 2 0 0 1 .243
Hannahan 3b 4 0 1 1 0 3 .232
Donald ss 4 0 2 0 0 2 .239
Totals 38 2 10 2 2 16
Seattle 000 240 300 – 9 16 4
Cleveland 001 100 000 – 2 10 0

E – Ryan 2 (14), Robinson (2), C.Wells (2). LOB – Seattle 13, Cleveland 11. 2B – Seager 3 (5), W.Pena (2), Chisenhall (9). 3B – Ryan (3). HR – W.Pena (2). RBIs – I.Suzuki (32), Ryan 2 (36), Olivo (52), Seager (5), W.Pena 4 (6), Duncan (24), Hannahan (27). SB – I.Suzuki (32), Carrera (7). RLSP – Seattle 6, Cleveland 6. RMU – Phelps, C.Santana.

Seattle IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Hernandez W,12-11 6 7 2 2 2 10 3.37
J.Wright 2 3 0 0 0 5 3.79
Lueke 1 0 0 0 0 1 9.17
Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Tomlin L,12-7 42/3 11 6 6 1 6 4.25
J.Smith 11/3 1 0 0 1 2 1.54
R.Perez 1 2 3 3 3 1 2.53
Durbin 1 1 0 0 0 1 5.33
Pestano 1 1 0 0 0 0 2.54

IR-S – J.Smith 1-0. HBP – W.Pena. WP – Tomlin. T – 3:17. A – 16,037 (43,441).



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