Aaron Boone hit a tiebreaking double and Westbrook won for the
first time since April 9, leading the Indians over the Seattle
Mariners 9-4 Friday night.
"Our lineup one through nine is tough," Westbrook said. "I
definitely wouldn't want to face us. We've got a good lineup. The
offense kind of picked me up."
Michaels and Eduardo Perez homered for the Indians, who lead the
majors with 198 runs, an average of 6.6 per game. Cleveland scored
nine or more runs for the ninth time in 30 games in 2006.
"I think as a team we're having good at bats," Michaels said.
With the score tied at 3, Rafael Soriano (0-1) replaced Jamie
Moyer starting the seventh and promptly gave up Todd
Hollandsworth's triple and Boone's double.
Cleveland bounced back after losing 12-4 at Oakland on Thursday.
"We needed a good outing out of Jake and he gave it to us,"
Indians manager Eric Wedge said.
Cleveland added five runs in the eighth, taking advantage of
four walks and a hit batter. Ronnie Belliard had an RBI single off
Sean Green, who hit Boone with a pitch with the bases loaded and
then forced in a run by walking Grady Sizemore. Michaels, who had
three RBI, hit a two-run double against Jake Woods.
Acquired in a January trade with Philadelphia for reliever
Arthur Rhodes, Michaels has started 26 games in left field for the
Indians. He's hitting .277 and is 8-for-18 in his last four games
with a homer and five RBI.
"He's really turned it up the last week," Wedge said.
Westbrook (3-2) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and six hits
in six innings.
"We had a three-run lead and I kind of gave it back to them,"
Westbrook said. "But I felt strong tonight. My sinker was good. It
was a good night."
Seattle has lost a season-high four straight for the third time.
Moyer gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.
Moyer felt he pitched well enough to win. Instead, he wound up
with his fourth no decision in seven starts this season. He's 1-2
with a 3.68 ERA and he's 0-1 at Safeco Field after going 10-0 there
"It's a long year, and to allow frustration to take over at
this point is even going to make it a longer year," the
43-year-old left-hander said. "I try to avoid that."
Mariners manager Mike Hargrove watched his team fall seven games
under .500 at 12-19. He also watched his bullpen surrender six runs
in three innings.
"I can't remember the last time they did this," he said. "It
was just one of those nights. It just came at a very poor time."
Michaels led off the fourth with his first AL homer, and Perez
hit a two-run homer for a 3-0 lead.
Carl Everett hit a two-run double in the bottom half, and
Seattle tied the scored in the fifth when Westbrook threw away a
pickoff attempt for an error that advanced Yuniesky Betancourt two
bases and Ichiro Suzuki hit an RBI grounder -- with Betancourt
sliding home just ahead of Perez's throw.
Suzuki broke an 0-for-16 slump with a triple in the ninth and
scored the final run.
The Mariners made three outstanding defensive plays. Suzuki
leaped high in right to rob Michaels of what might have been a home
run in the first, 3B Adrian Beltre caught up to Hollandsworth's pop
foul far down the line in the third and Betancourt's strong throw
from deep in the shortstop hole got Boone in the fifth. ... Beltre
had two stolen bases, giving him nine for the season. That's the
most he's had since stealing 13 bases for the Los Angeles Dodgers
in 2001. ... Cleveland's Travis Hafner saw his streak of homers in
four straight games come to an end.