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07/23/2013 1:45 AM EDT
Mariners beat Indians 2-1 for 7th straight win
SEATTLE 2, CLEVELAND 1
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) -- Once the shock of hearing their manager was
headed for the hospital after suddenly not feeling well, the
Seattle Mariners kept their July power surge rolling.
Kendrys Morales and Mike Zunino each homered, Aaron Harang
pitched seven strong innings and the Mariners won their
season-high seventh straight with a 2-1 victory over the
Cleveland Indians on Monday night.
The Mariners improved on the longest current win streak in
baseball and did it without manager Eric Wedge on the dugout
railing. Wedge suffered dizziness during batting practice and
had to be helped off the field and into the Mariners clubhouse
by team personnel. Wedge was examined by team physicians Dr.
Mitch Storey and Dr. Edward Khalfayan, and the team training
staff at the stadium.
Despite Wedge eventually feeling better, the team decided to
have him examined at a hospital. General manager Jack Zduriencik
said before the game he expected the skipper to be back at the
stadium Tuesday. But bench coach Robby Thompson, who managed the
team on Monday, said Wedge was expected to spend the night.
"Right now they're just doing a series of tests and obviously
he's going to stay overnight and we'll know more in the morning
once all of those results get in," Thompson said. "He's resting
and he's feeling fine right now, he's feeling a lot better. ...
He should be fine and I'm sure the `W' is going to help him out
a little bit."
Morales led off the fourth inning with a homer and Zunino did
the same in the fifth off Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez,
helping Seattle increase its league-leading total to 29 homers
in July. The seven-game streak is the longest for Seattle since
winning eight straight in August 2012.
Cleveland pitchers had gone nine games - 85 innings - without
allowing a home run. Jimenez (7-5) kept the streak going through
88 innings until Morales led off the fourth with his 15th homer
of the season, which curled just inside the right-field foul
An inning later, Zunino fell behind 0-2 and Jimenez tried to
sneak a fastball past the rookie. But fastballs are the one
pitch Zunino has shown he can hit at the major league level, and
he lined a 411-foot shot into the left field bullpens for his
second career homer.
Seattle has now homered in 25 of the last 26 games, the only
break in the streak coming last Saturday when they won in
Houston with just one hit.
"Every day you're a different player, but we've been connecting
here and every time you connect that's a positive thing and you
can build on that," Morales said through an interpreter. "You've
got to work hard in the cage with your teammates every day and I
think that's a fundamental thing that we're really focusing on
Harang (5-8) gave up a solo homer in the first to Nick Swisher,
and danced around trouble for his second win in the last three
starts. Tom Wilhelmsen survived the ninth for his 22nd save.
Wilhelmsen blew a save in Cleveland earlier this season and gave
up a one-out double to Michael Brantley. Carlos Santana grounded
out, with Brantley advancing to third before Jason Giambi
walked. Wilhelmsen got Lonnie Chisenhall to fly out to right for
the final out.
"Offensively we've got to pick it up," Cleveland's Michael Bourn
said. "Not press, but just be focused and take it from there."
Harang fell behind early when Swisher homered, but found a
groove later. Harang retired 11 of the final 12 batters he
faced. He threw only 11 pitches total in the sixth and seventh
innings combined. He finished seven innings for the fourth time
in 16 starts, allowed four hits and struck out two.
"You kind of want to match what the guy did the night before and
that's how you get on good streaks. It's that competitiveness in
the clubhouse, but we're also going out there trying to help our
team win," Harang said. "All around the guys have been swinging
well, the defense has been playing well and the pitching has
been there. That's what it takes to get on streaks like this."
Notes: Seattle rookie SS Brad Miller was named the AL player of
the week on Monday after hitting .385 with two homers and seven
RBIs in Seattle's three-game sweep of Houston. He is the first
Seattle rookie to be named player of the week since Ken Griffey
Jr. in 1989. ... Swisher was hitting in the No. 2 spot for the
first time this season. He had hit in the No. 3 or No. 4 spot
all season until Monday. ... Seattle RF Michael Saunders had a
10-game hitting streak snapped.
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