Indians Beat Mariners Again, 5-4
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Indians did it again.
One night after Jason Kipnis hit a walk-off, three-run home run to give the Indians a 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners, Mark Reynolds became the hero on Saturday.
After Chris Perez blew a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning by giving up back-to-back home runs to Raul Ibanez and Justin Smoak to tie the game at 4, Mark Reynolds hit a ground ball with the bases loaded to shortstop Brendan Ryan. Ryan’s throw home pulled catcher Jesus Montero off the plate, scoring Jason Kipnis and giving the Indians a 5-4 victory.
The Indians, who began the day tied with Detroit atop the AL Central, have won 16 of their last 20.
The Indians were one out from victory when the Mariners hit the back-to-back home runs to tie the game at 4. Perez blew his second save in eight chances this season.
The Indians got another superb outing from their starting pitcher. Zach McAllister allowed two runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings. Mark Reynolds hit his 12th home run of the season in the fifth to give the Tribe a 2-0 lead.
Michael Bourn grounded into a fielder’s choice in the sixth to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. Jason Kipnis singled later in the inning to extend Cleveland’s lead to 4-0.
Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (5-2) takes on Indians RHP Justin Masterson (6-2) in a matchup of aces Sunday.
Before Saturday’s game, Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski threw out the first pitch and also exchanged uniforms with Indians manager Terry Francona.
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