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.
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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||5||10||6||6||1||8||5.22|
|D.Huff L, 2-6||22/3||7||9||5||3||1||4.20|
IR-S—Durbin 2-2. T—2:27 (Rain delay: 0:44).
Playing on the road in the Northwest League is never easy.
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