Members of the Seattle Mariners celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 4-3 at Safeco Field on July 23, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
SAFECO FIELD - When things are going well the breaks seem to go your way.
In Cleveland earlier this season, the Mariners were seemingly on the wrong side of all the breaks as they were swept over four games by the Indians.
Tuesday night against Cleveland the Mariners took advantage of some breaks of their own to win 4-3 over the Indians. It's the team's eighth straight victory and the Mariners are now just four games under .500 at 48-52.
Holding a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning, closer Tom Wilhelmsen quickly gave up singles to Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall to put runners on the corners with no one out. Indians manager Terry Francona pinch ran for both as Drew Stubbs came on for Reynolds and Mike Aviles for Chisenhall.
Then the Mariners got the break they needed. Yan Gomes grounded somewhat softly to third baseman Kyle Seager. Seager quickly looked Stubbs back to third before throwing to second for the force on Aviles. Once the ball left Seager's hand, Stubbs took off for home. A strong throw from Nick Franklin caught Stubbs between third and home in a rundown before Brad Miller was able to apply the tag for the out.
Gomes also failed to advance to second on the play despite the rundown leaving the Indians without a runner in scoring position. Wilhelmsen then struck out Michael Bourn looking to retire the side and give Seattle the win.
The Mariners found themselves in an early hole after a two-run home run from Gomes gave Cleveland a 3-1 lead. Despite three errors in the first two innings from Cleveland, the Mariners had only managed one run.
Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales led off the third inning with consecutive doubles to pull within a run. Seager followed with a single but Morales was thrown out at the plate to protect the one-run lead.
Michael Saunders doubled to put a pair in scoring position. Seager scored on a wild pitch and Mike Zunino answered with a single to score Saunders and give the Mariners the lead.
Turning Point: The Mariners doubled three times in the third inning on five hits and scored three runs to rally from a 3-1 deficit to take the lead. Mike Zunino's single scored Seager and Saunders to put Seattle on top for good.
Player Of The Game: The Mariners managed to take advantage of several Indians gaffs, but no more so than the baserunning error in the ninth to kill Cleveland's rally.
Next Up: The Mariners look to wrap-up their third consecutive series sweep with a win against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon. LHP Joe Saunders (9-8, 4.28 ERA) takes the mound for the Mariners. He'll face Indians LHP Scott Kazmir (5-4, 4.30 ERA).