Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Seattle leads 1-0 (as of 7/22)

Game 1: Friday, July 22
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Game 2: Saturday, July 23
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Game 3: Sunday, July 24
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Mariners 4

(42-53, 20-29 away)

Indians 3

(49-48, 23-26 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 22, 2005

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    SEA 000110020 4 4 0
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    W: J. Putz (3-3)

    L: S. Elarton (6-5)

    S: E. Guardado (22)

    One bad pitch spoils Elarton's night

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Scott Elarton made one mistake. Ichiro Suzuki made him pay.

    Suzuki's two-run homer in the eighth inning -- only Seattle's third hit off Elarton -- helped the Mariners end a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

    "It was a bad pitch," Elarton said. "I knew it when it left my hand that it was a bad pitch. That was it. It all boiled down to that pitch."

    Suzuki's seventh homer bailed out Seattle starter Jamie Moyer, who was six outs away from losing to Cleveland for the first time since 2000, but got a no-decision. Including the postseason, Moyer is 9-0 in his last 12 starts against the Indians.

    Elarton (6-5) carried a 3-2 lead into the eighth when he walked pinch-hitter Chris Snelling leading off. With the left-handed Suzuki coming up, Indians manager Eric Wedge had lefties Scott Sauerbeck and Arthur Rhodes warming up in the bullpen.

    But after sending pitching coach Carl Willis out to visit the right-hander, Wedge decided to stick with Elarton, who made Suzuki look bad on his first pitch, a sinker in the dirt. But Elarton got too much of the plate with a low fastball and Suzuki pulled it into the lower seats in right field to put the Mariners ahead 4-3.

    "I'm glad he hit it out," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "I wasn't glad he swung at the pitch before. He's Ichiro. He's amazing."

    Suzuki compared his home run swing to the one he uses on a golf course fairway.

    "Three-iron," he said.

    J.J. Putz (3-3) worked two innings, wiggling out of a mess in the eighth when the Indians had two on and no outs.

    Seattle third baseman Adrian Beltre got the first out when he charged and snagged Ronnie Belliard's hard bunt, throwing to third for a force. Aaron Boone then lined out to first baseman Richie Sexson, who dived back to tag out Belliard scrambling back to the bag.

    Eddie Guardado gave up a two-out walk and single in the ninth before striking out Casey Blake for his 22nd save in 23 tries.

    The Indians dropped to 3-12 since July 5, going 2-9 at home during that stretch.

    Wedge appears to have run out of patience with his young team.

    "We can't have meetings every other day," Wedge said angrily. "It's the big leagues, you have to do it when the consequence are losses or you have to look at other things. Enough is enough."

    Wedge was asked if there would be roster changes.

    "I still believe in the people we have here," he said. "We still have two-plus months left. We're struggling. People have to step up and kick up some dust now and then."

    Wedge defended his decision to keep in Elarton, who said he was tiring.

    "It was still his ballgame," Wedge said. "Because of the way he handled him (Suzuki) and the fact that he's hitting .360 against lefties, we stayed with him."

    Belliard hit a two-run homer in the fourth for Cleveland, which will play the last-place Mariners six times in the next nine games. Belliard's ninth homer, his first in 121 at-bats, gave the Indians a 3-1 lead.

    Moyer needed 115 pitches to get through six innings. He allowed three runs and eight hits, walked four and struck out three. Cleveland's hitters were patient but didn't do quite enough against the slow-throwing left-hander to get their first victory against him since Aug. 19, 2000.

    The Indians had Moyer in trouble in the first two innings, but scored just once while stranding five runners.

    "He kept us in the game," Beltre said. "When you're only down one or two runs, you still believe you've got a chance."

    Cleveland was again without designated hitter Travis Hafner, who missed his sixth straight game since getting hit in the face with a pitch from Chicago's Mark Buehrle last Saturday.

    Hafner is still experiencing dizziness and headaches, and could be headed for the disabled list.

    Game notes


    Since 2002, the Indians are 144-148 at Jacobs Field. By comparison, in their first three years at the Jake, the club went 140-63 (.690). ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Moyer and Pat Borders are the only 42-year-olds in baseball history to form a starting battery. Research back to 1960 shows that the pair are the third-oldest battery behind Phil Neikro (48) and Rick Dempsey (37) in 1987, and Satchel Paige (59) and Bill Bryan (26) in 1965. ... The Mariners will play their next 18 games against AL Central teams. ... Seattle's bullpen has an AL-low 10 wins.

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