CLEVELAND (AP) — Robinson Cano broke out of a slump with two doubles and an RBI, while five pitchers held Cleveland in check, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Indians on Tuesday night.
Roenis Elias (3-3) gave up a solo homer to Yan Gomes in the second, the only run the left-hander allowed in six innings. Gomes homered to lead off the ninth against rookie Carson Smith, the Mariners’ fourth reliever.
Pinch-hitter Michael Bourn singled with one out, but David Murphy, another pinch-hitter, flied out and Jason Kipnis grounded out as Smith recorded his second save.
Cano’s RBI double off Corey Kluber (3-7) put Seattle ahead in the first. Logan Morrison, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games, added a run-scoring double in the second. Cano also doubled in the fifth.
Kluber, the defending AL Cy Young winner, allowed two runs in seven innings in losing his second straight start.
Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz, who leads the American League with 18 home runs, was removed from the game with back spasms in the fifth inning.
The Mariners, coming off a 2-9 homestand, won for only the second time in 10 games. Seattle has scored three runs or less in a club-record 13 straight games.
Cano came into the game in a 10 for 59 skid in the last 15 games and was 6 for 36 on Seattle’s homestand. He was batting .239 with two homers and 18 RBIs overall.
Seth Smith added an RBI double in the eighth.
Kluber allowed four hits, struck out four and walked three. The right-hander defeated the Mariners in Seattle on May 28, allowed three runs and striking out 13 in in seven innings.
After Cruz fouled off a pitch in the fifth, McClendon and a Mariners trainer came on the field. Cruz walked to the dugout after a brief discussion.
Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (back and side injuries) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session this week. He threw off the mound Sunday for the second time since being injured.
Indians: RHP Scott Atchison (sprained left ankle) will pitch on a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron on Wednesday.
Mariners: RHP Taijuan Walker threw eight shutout innings against Cleveland at Safeco Field on May 29 in a 2-1 win. He also pitched eight innings against the Yankees on June 3, but got the loss on home runs by Mark Teixeria and Garrett Jones.
Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer is 0-3 with a 5.09 ERA in three career starts against Seattle. He struck out 10 in seven innings on May 29, but allowed a two-run homer to Seth Smith and got the loss