August 1, 2014 in Sports

Mike Zunino’s homer lifts Mariners past Indians

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Seattle’s Mike Zunino reacts after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning to give the M’s the lead.
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CLEVELAND – Mike Zunino’s two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.

Bryan Shaw (4-3) walked Kyle Seager to start the inning before Zunino hit a 2-0 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his 17th home run.

Joe Beimel (3-1) pitched one-third of an inning while Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his A.L.-leading 30th save.

Carlos Santana drove in two runs for Cleveland, including a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh that broke a 4-all tie.

Dustin Ackley had a two-run homer for the Mariners while Jason Kipnis hit a two-run shot for the Indians. Both home runs came in the third when the teams exchanged three-run rallies.

Ackley’s homer was his first since May 11, a span of 234 plate appearances and gave Seattle a 3-1 lead. Robinson Cano hit his 400th career double in the third, and it scored a run.

Kipnis’ homer and Santana’s sacrifice fly tied the game.

Chris Young allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings. The 6-foot-10 right-hander dominated the Indians in his first two career appearances allowing one run in 13 innings. Young allowed one run in five innings in a 3-2 win in Seattle on June 27.

Indians starter Zach McAllister, who hasn’t won since April 21, didn’t get through the fourth.

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