September 20, 2011 in Sports

Carp’s grand slam, five RBIs highlight Seattle win in Cleveland

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Mike Carp’s 455-foot grand slam highlights five-RBI third.
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CLEVELAND – Mike Carp and the Seattle Mariners made the most of their cross-country trip for a makeup game.

Carp hit a grand slam into the second deck in right field and drove in five runs during Seattle’s nine-run third inning, leading the Mariners to a rain-shortened 12-6, seven-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

“It was worth it, to come back from a deficit, get a big inning and get a nice win,” Carp said.

The makeup of a rainout from May 15 was played in a steady drizzle before the field was covered at the start of the eighth. After waiting 44 minutes, it was called.

“It’s very unusual,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “Everybody has to do it from time to time. It’s a quick in and out. The geography works OK for us since we head to Minnesota from here, so it’s not horrible. It’s big league baseball. They want everyone to play 162 (games). I respect that.”

Carp drove Chad Durbin’s 1-1 pitch 455 feet to right to put Seattle ahead 11-4. He doubled home the first run in the inning off David Huff (2-6).

“Last time I faced him (Durbin) in the same situation, bases loaded, he struck me out,” Carp said. “This time, I looked for a fastball inside. He threw a cutter and I put a good swing on it.”

Cleveland took a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Charlie Furbush (4-9).

Furbush allowed six runs and 10 hits over five innings, but managed to snap a personal five-game losing streak. The left-hander struck out a career-high eight, including six in a row from the third through fifth.

“I just tried to throw my fastball in and out while keeping it in the zone,” Furbush said of making an adjustment after falling behind.

The Mariners’ third was their biggest inning of the season, surpassing a six-run outburst April 27 at Detroit.

Alex Liddi hit a two-run homer in the second for Seattle, which snapped Cleveland’s three-game winning streak with just its sixth win in its last 18 games. Liddi’s first career homer was the majors’ first by a player born in Italy since Detroit’s Reno Bertoia on Aug. 31, 1961.

• Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik announced former Mets GM Joe McIlvaine has joined the Mariners as a special assistant.

I.Suzuki rf 512101.273
L.Rodriguez ss 320010.200
Carp 1b 422501.277
Olivo c 411002.222
Seager 2b 412100.265
W.Pena dh 121130.250
Liddi 3b 422200.188
T.Robinson cf 411201.237
C.Gimenez lf 300010.149
Totals 3212111255
Cleveland ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
Fukudome rf 400002.255
Donald 2b 423001.288
A.Cabrera ss 423300.274
C.Santana 1b 422102.239
Hafner dh 301200.277
Duncan lf 200011.271
G.Sizemore cf 301001.225
Crowe cf 000000.250
Chisenhall 3b 301002.246
Marson c 300002.236
Totals 306116111
Seattle 0290010—12110
Cleveland 3100200—6111

E—Chisenhall (10). LOB—Seattle 4, Cleveland 4. 2B—I.Suzuki (21), Carp (15), A.Cabrera (32), C.Santana (33). HR—Liddi (1), off D.Huff; Carp (11), off Durbin; A.Cabrera (23), off Furbush; C.Santana (26), off Furbush. RBIs—I.Suzuki (44), Carp 5 (43), Seager (10), W.Pena (8), Liddi 2 (2), T.Robinson 2 (12), A.Cabrera 3 (86), C.Santana (77), Hafner 2 (53). CS—A.Cabrera (5).RLSP—Seattle 1, Cleveland 2. RMU—C.Gimenez. GIDP—Liddi, A.Cabrera. DP—Seattle 1, Cleveland 1.

Furbush W, 4-9 51066185.22
Lueke 2100037.07
D.Huff L, 2-6 22/3795314.20
Durbin 21/3122225.00
Herrmann 1311015.47
Hagadone 1000016.75

IR-S—Durbin 2-2. T—2:27 (Rain delay: 0:44).

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