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Indians 3, Mariners 2: Miley’s struggles continue, offense flat-lines again

Wade Miley’s struggles continued Tuesday when he failed to make it through four innings against the Indians.
Wade Miley’s struggles continued Tuesday when he failed to make it through four innings against the Indians. AP

CLEVELAND — This makes three starts now for Mariners lefty Wade Miley and three disappointing efforts. On Tuesday, he failed to make it through the fourth inning in a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

That Miley (0-2) only gave up three runs is deceptively kind, too. He allowed nine hits and four walks in his 3 2/3 innings. Double plays in each of the Cleveland’s first three innings limited the damage.

It also, tellingly, trimmed Miley’s ERA from 8.25 to 8.04.

"The first two starts," he said, "I went to bed at night knowing that if I made a pitch…one pitch here or one pitch there, the inning (would be different). I wasn’t as frustrated with that.

"Tonight is frustrating. I’d rather guys hit doubles. Give us a chance to make a play (rather) than walk four guys like that. That’s the one you lose sleep over."

Miley had not walked a batter in 15 previous innings this season when he inexplicably lost the strike zone in the fourth inning after Marlon Byrd’s one-out single.

Successive walks to Juan Uribe and Collin Cowgill, the latter on four pitches, loaded the bases. Another walk, to Rajai Davis, who swung at two borderline pitches, forced in a run.

Miley struck out Jason Kipnis but then issued another run-scoring walk, to Francisco Lindor, that boosted Cleveland’s lead to 3-0. That fourth walk finished Miley

"I lost it," he said. "I wish I could have found a pitch I could throw over the plate," he said. "I tried them all…It’s got to be better. Point blank. It’s just got to be better."

Much the same could be said of the Mariners’ attack after managing just six hits against Carlos Carrasco (2-0) and the Tribe bullpen. This marked the ninth time in 13 games that the Mariners scored fewer than four runs.

They are 1-8 in those games.

"We had some chances early in the game," manager Scott Servais said. "Carrasco is good, obviously. We just couldn’t get the big two-out hit there."

The Mariners were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Carrasco gave up Kyle Seager’s two-out homer in the sixth inning and exited after Leonys Martin’s one-out double in the seventh. Zach McAlister protected the two-run lead by retiring the next two batters.

Brian Shaw and Cody Allen closed out Cleveland’s victory. Allen gave up one run in the ninth before securing his fourth save in four chances.

Mike Montgomery replaced Miley in the fourth and went to a full count on his first hitter, Napoli, before getting an inning-ending grounder to third.

Montgomery and Tony Zych kept the Mariners within range by combining for 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Right fielder Nelson Cruz ran down Carlos Santana’s two-out drive in the right-center gap with a runner on second base in the third inning. The catch limited the Indians to one run in the inning.

The night’s top web gem, though, came from Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, who made a backhand stop and a throw across his body to retire Nori Aoki for the second out in the fifth inning.

PLUS: Kyle Seager had a single and a homer in four at-bats for his first multi-hit game of the season…reliever Mike Montgomery pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings…reliever Tony Zych retired all five batters that he faced…the Mariners’ infield turned double plays in each of the first three innings…Robinson Cano has hits in 16 consecutive road games dating to last season.

MINUS: Nelson Cruz struck out with two runners on base in the first and third innings…Nori Aoki went 0-for-4 after reaching base at least once in his previous 11 games…Aoki was spiked by Leonys Martin in the seventh inning when the two nearly collided on a fly ball in left-center field. Martin made the catch…Cano was spiked earlier in the game on a play at first base.

STAT PACK: Cleveland opened the scoring by getting a run in the third inning. The Mariners have now been outscored 10-1 this season in the third inning.

QUOTABLE: Martin hesitated on a two-out RBI double by Mike Napoli that opened the scoring in the third inning. The ball sailed over Martin’s head…but he appeared to have little chance of catching it.

"He crushed it," Martin said. "The first couple of innings, the wind was blowing in. It didn’t matter on that ball."

SHORT HOPS: Kyle Seager’s homer in the sixth inning was his second of the season. His first came in his first at-bat in the season opener on April 4 against lefty Cole Hamels at Texas…Seager has four career homers against the Indians, and all four came at Progressive Field…Wade Miley hasn’t walked four batters in an inning since April 27, 2013 while pitching for Arizona at Colorado…Robinson Cano appeared in his 1,700th game, which ranks 12th among current players.

Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners

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