October 23, 2014

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Indians 4, Mariners 3: Borowski blows lead but Tribe still wins

SEATTLE  _ After a wild pickoff attempt set up the go-ahead run, Kenny Lofton knocked in Asdrubal Cabrera with a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning and the Cleveland Indians outlasted the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Tuesday night.

Cabrera opened the 12th with a four-pitch walk from Brandon Morrow (3-4). Ryan Rowland-Smith took over and his first move was a wild throw to first. The ball rolled up the right-field line and Cabrera easily reached third, before Lofton hit a first-pitch sacrifice fly to center.

Tom Mastny (7-2) gave up two hits and a walk in a scoreless inning to pick up the win. Rafael Betancourt earned his third save — and second in two games — with a routine 12th.

Adrian Beltre, who had three hits, had tied the game at 3 in the ninth with a one-out, two-run homer off Indians closer Joe Borowski.

The Indians were poised to win in regulation, nursing Victor Martinez’s three-run, first-inning homer until the ninth. But Borowski, who has a league-leading 43 saves, blew his seventh opportunity.

Seattle is on the verge of elimination, 6½ games behind the wild card-leading New York Yankees with just six games left. The Mariners are winless in 72 games when trailing after eight innings.

Cleveland (93-63), which already has clinched the AL Central, is just ahead of AL East-leading Boston (93-64) and AL West champion Los Angeles (92-66) for the best record in baseball.

Martinez homered off Felix Hernandez following one-out singles by Chris Gomez and Travis Hafner. Martinez has 25 homers and 110 RBIs, both career highs, and is 8-for-15 against Seattle this season.

He fouled a ball off his right knee in the eighth and left in the bottom of the inning with a bruise.

Aaron Laffey allowed one run and four hits over 5 2-3 innings in his eighth career start, helped by three double plays in the first five innings. Second baseman Josh Barfield also made a diving stop on a groundout in the fourth to save a run.

Seattle scored its first run on a double-play groundout by Kenji Johjima in the fifth.<

 

Notes:@ Ichiro Suzuki had two hits hit in six at-bats. His .350 average is second to Detroit’s Magglio Ordonez (.359). … The Indians’ C.C. Sabathia, who was supposed to start Tuesday’s game, was pushed back to Friday against Kansas City.