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Cleveland clobbers M’s, Hernandez

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012, 7:19 P.M.

Seattle's Felix Hernandez, right, needed a pause after allowing his fourth run in the first inning Wednesday (Associated Press)
Seattle's Felix Hernandez, right, needed a pause after allowing his fourth run in the first inning Wednesday (Associated Press)

CLEVELAND — Ubaldo Jimenez overcame a shaky start to get the win and the Cleveland Indians pounded out a season-best five doubles to beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 Wednesday night.

Jimenez (4-3) gave up five hits and three runs over six innings. He threw 107 pitches — 27 in a long first inning — walked two and struck out four.

Seattle starter Felix Hernandez (3-3) gave up 10 hits and six earned runs in only 3 2-3 innings. He and Jimenez combined for a 34-minute, 59-pitch first inning that ended with Cleveland ahead 4-1.

Travis Hafner hit his fifth homer and drove in three runs, while Shin-Soo Choo had three hits in Cleveland’s third straight win.

Dustin Ackley had three hits, including a two-run homer, to extend his hitting streak to 12 games for Seattle, which dropped to 1-5 on a 10-game trip. The Mariners won eight of their first 12 road games but are 1-11 away from home since April 28.

Jimenez opened the game by yielding singles to Ackley and Michael Saunders, then uncorked a wild pitch that put runners at second and third. Ackley scored when Ichiro Suzuki grounded out.

Hernandez also gave up singles to the first two men he faced, Choo and Jason Kipnis. He then hit Asdrubal Cabrera with a pitch to load the bases.

Choo scored on a passed ball by catcher Jesus Montero, and Kipnis came home on a hard-hit ball by Hafner that was turned into a groundout when Ackley made a diving stop and threw to first.

Carlos Santana walked and with two outs and Cabrera on third, Santana took off for second. Montero threw wildly past third, trying to get Cabrera leading off the bag. That error scored Cabrera and when left fielder Chone Figgins threw the ball back past Montero for another error, Santana scored to make it 4-1.

The Mariners had gone 10 straight games without an error, one shy of the club record set Aug. 9-21, 1993.

Ackley’s two-run homer, his third, got Seattle within 4-3 in the third.

Kipnis, Hafner and Santana all had RBI doubles in the fourth. Michael Brantley singled home Santana to make it 8-3.

It was the second consecutive rocky start for Hernandez, who on April 19 struck out a season-high 12 in eight scoreless innings against Cleveland. On Friday, the right-hander allowed four runs and a season-high 11 hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 6-2 loss to the New York Yankees after giving up only four runs in his previous five starts combined.



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