The Mariners begin the night having scored three runs or less in their last eight games, and their pitching has allowed them to go 3-5, although there's nothing too positive about that record.
That string could continue tonight, at least in part because RBI leader Franklin Gutierrez, who has driven in at least one run in three games in a row, is on the bench with an upset stomach. The active run-producing leaders tonight are Russell Branyan and Jose Lopez, who each have 48 RBI in 2010.
So starting pitcher David Pauley has an easy barometer tonight. If he allows two runs or less, he has a chance. If he gives up three runs, the Mariners are capable of a tie. More than three runs, he's toast.
None-too-comforting for a man with a 4.25 earned run average.
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It's Pauley vs. right-hander Mitch Talbot - the 54-81 Indians vs. the 53-82 Mariners.
- With two outs, Pauley walked Shin-Soo Choo - who stole second base, his 17t of the season. Travis Hafner singled, Choo scoring. In the first: Cleveland 1, Seattle 0.
- Four consecutive hits open the Indians third, with ex-Mariners Asdrubal Cabrera and Choo driving in runs. With Choo running, Hafner lined into a double play. In the third: Cleveland 3, Seattle 0.
- Jason Donald beat out a one-out single to third base, then took second on a fielders choice. Leadoff hitter Brantley singled Donald home. Cleveland now has more runs than the Mariners have hits (2). In the fourth: Cleveland 4, Seattle 0.
- Michael Saunders doubled with one out, becoming the first Mariner to reach scoring position. Matt Tuiasosopo grounded out, Saunders taking third. Josh Wilson flied out. And that's the biggest Seattle threat tonight. In the fifth: Cleveland 4, Seattle 0.
- Ichiro opened the sixth inning with his 175th hit of the season and Chone Figgins singled him to second base. Russell Branyan struck out. Jose Lopez flied out, Ichiro taking third. Casey Kotchman popped out. In the sixth: Cleveland 4, Seattle 0.
- With two outs, Tuiasosopo legged out an infield single and Wilson was hit by a pitch, chasing Cleveland starter Talbor. Rafael Perez replaced him and Ichiro blooped an RBI single into left field - his 176th hit of the season. In the seventh: Cleveland 4, Seattle 1 .
- Mr. Branyan opened the eighth inning with his 22nd home run. Lopez was safe on a slow roller to third, Kotchman singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Ryan Langerhans. Josh Bard sacrificed, putting runners at second and third base. Saunders struck out. Tuiasosopo struck out. In the eighth: Cleveland 4, Seattle 2.
- It's a final: Cleveland 4, Seattle 2.