Seattle Mariners right fielder Endy Chavez (9) homered in the 7th inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Endy Chavez's Homer Adds Insurance As Mariners Beat Indians


Endy Chavez had not hit a home run in 266 plate appearances dating back 13 months. But that dinger in the bottom of the 7th proved to be the game-winner as the Mariners held off a late rally by the Cleveland Indians and won 3-2 Friday night.

Chris Young continued his tremendous pitching at Safeco, tossing five innings of four-hit ball while allowing only one earned run before turning it over to the best bullpen in the American League.

Young was pulled after five innings because he had thrown 91 pitches. But he had the 2-1 lead thanks to an RBI single by Kyle Seager – who went 3-for-4 and has an eight-game hitting streak at Safeco in which he is batting .613. Michael Saunders – fresh off the DL – doubled in his first at-bat of the game and scored in the 4th on a single by Brad Miller to give the M’s the 2-1 lead.

The Mariners bullpen held serve as Joe Beimel, Danny Farquhar, Yoervis Medina and Charlie Furbush combined for 3 IP of scoreless relief allowing just one hit and two walks. Fernando Rodney came in for the 9th and gave up a one-out single to Nick Swisher. After getting the 2nd out, Michael Bourn singled Swisher home for the first run the bullpen had allowed in 24 IP.

Rodney got Asdrubal Cabrera to pop up to end it and earn his 22nd save of the year.

Saturday’s game is the club’s 81st, the halfway point of the season. After 80 games, the Mariners stand at 43-37, eight games better than 2013. The Mariners have the 5th-bbst record in the AL and are currently 0.5 games up on the Baltimore Orioles for the 2nd wild-card spot.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Cleveland

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Michael BournCF 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .277
Asdrubal CabreraSS 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .247
Michael BrantleyLF 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .322
Carlos Santana1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 .208
Jason Kipnis2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .256
Lonnie Chisenhall3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .350
Yan GomesC 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 .267
Nick SwisherDH 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .198
David MurphyRF 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 .247
Totals 33 2 7 2 0 3 8 0 12
Batting
2B – M Bourn (7, C Young); J Kipnis 2 (13, C Young, C Furbush); L Chisenhall (20, C Young)
SF – M Brantley
RBI – M Bourn (19), M Brantley (52)
2-out RBI – M Bourn
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – M Brantley 1, C Santana 1, L Chisenhall 2, Y Gomes 1, N Swisher 1
Team LOB – 9
Fielding
Outfield assists – M Brantley
DP – 2 (T Bauer-A Cabrera-C Santana, M Brantley-A Cabrera-C Santana)

Seattle

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Endy ChávezDH 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 1 4 .277
James JonesCF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .280
Robinson Canó2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .320
Kyle Seager3B 4 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .274
Logan Morrison1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .240
Mike ZuninoC 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .227
Michael SaundersRF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .272
Dustin AckleyLF 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 .220
Brad MillerSS 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .210
Totals 33 3 11 3 1 2 6 1 16
Batting
2B – K Seager (20, T Bauer); M Saunders (7, T Bauer)
HR – E Chavez (1, 7th inning off T Bauer 0 on, 1 Out)
RBI – E Chavez (7), K Seager (55), B Miller (22)
2-out RBI – K Seager, B Miller
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – E Chavez 3, L Morrison 1, D Ackley 1
GIDP – R Cano
Team LOB – 8
Running
SB – E Chavez (1, 2nd base off T Bauer/Y Gomes)
Fielding
E – L Morrison (1, field)
Pitching

Cleveland

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Trevor Bauer(L, 2-4) 6.1 9 3 3 2 5 1 1.46 4.39
Kyle Crockett 0.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.40 2.70
Vinnie Pestano 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.31 8.31
Nick Hagadone 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.00 6.00

Seattle

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Chris Young(W, 7-4) 5.0 4 1 1 1 4 0 1.16 3.15
Joe Beimel(HLD, 6) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.21 1.40
Danny Farquhar(HLD, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.24 2.86
Yoervis Medina(HLD, 12) 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.11 2.43
Charlie Furbush(HLD, 11) 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.23 3.70
Fernando Rodney(SV, 22) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 1.28 2.30
WP – T Bauer
HBP – A Cabrera (by C Young)
Pitches-strikes – T Bauer 111-69; K Crockett 17-14; V Pestano 2-1; N Hagadone 4-3; C Young 91-61; J Beimel 12-7; D Farquhar 18-9; Y Medina 11-6; C Furbush 8-6; F Rodney 15-12
Ground balls-fly balls – T Bauer 6-7; K Crockett 0-1; V Pestano 0-1; N Hagadone 0-2; C Young 3-5; J Beimel 1-0; D Farquhar 1-1; Y Medina 2-0; C Furbush 1-0; F Rodney 1-1
Batters faced – T Bauer 28; K Crockett 4; V Pestano 1; N Hagadone 2; C Young 21; J Beimel 3; D Farquhar 4; Y Medina 3; C Furbush 2; F Rodney 5
Game Details
Game Time: 3:05.
Umpires: HP–Doug Eddings. 1B–Marvin Hudson. 2B–Brian O’Nora. 3B–Adam Hamari.
Weather: 66 degrees, Overcast.
Wind: 0 mph, No Wind Direction.
Attendance: 28,084.

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  • lee cousins

    Endy is a good ball player pick off the scrap pile, still runs well, plays good defense, has a good batting average I was wondering why they didn’t plug him in sooner than they did, instead of trying to make these rookies fit in.