SEATTLE (AP) — Mitch Haniger hit two doubles and the Seattle Mariners snapped Shane Bieber’s report strikeout streak, beating the Cleveland Indians and their ace 3-2 on Sunday.
Bieber (4-3) had fanned a minimum of eight in 20 straight video games, however the reigning AL Cy Younger Award winner fell quick with seven. He was pulled after issuing his fourth stroll, and completed his shortest outing of the season at 4 2/3 innings trailing 3-0.
“The previous couple of outings have not been tremendous sharp like the start of the yr,” Bieber stated. “That is the way in which baseball goes should you’re beginning. You must experience the highs and lows.”
The victory was Seattle’s third straight following a season-high five-game shedding streak. Cleveland has misplaced three in a row.
Seven Mariners pitchers mixed for 13 strikeouts. Opener Robert Dugger went three innings and Paul Sewald (1-0) pitched the subsequent two to choose up his first win since 2019.
Kendall Gravemen labored the ninth for his fifth save. The bullpen begin was essential after 4 Mariners with begins this season have landed on the injured checklist.
“They know they need to lean on one another,” Servais stated.
Haniger, tied for the key league lead with 12 residence runs, doubled and scored on Kyle Lewis’ single within the first.
Bieber walked Haniger and Kyle Seager to start out the third, organising J.P. Crawford’s two-run single. Crawford stated the workforce determined to be aggressive in opposition to Bieber.
“Convey it on, I’ll rake your face,” Crawford stated. “That is what I am considering within the field.”
Bieber walked Lewis and Crawford to load the bases with two outs within the fifth, ending his look. Reliever Phil Maton bought out of the jam with a strikeout.
“We actually respect their starter and what he is carried out, however we had been prepared,” Mariners supervisor Scott Servais stated.
Bieber leads the majors with 92 strikeouts after beginning the season with 10 or extra in his first 4 outings, one other main league report.
The Indians scored twice within the sixth with assist from third baseman Donovan Walton’s error that allowed José Ramírez to succeed in base. The Mariners turned a double play to get out of a bases-loaded jam within the seventh.
Whereas Bieber’s string of video games with eight-plus strikeouts got here to an finish, one other continues. The pitcher moved right into a tie for second with former Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson for probably the most consecutive video games with a minimum of seven strikeouts at 22. He’s bought a methods to go to catch Johnson, who sits in first place with a separate string of 34 straight video games with seven or extra.
The final time Bieber didn’t strike out a minimum of eight in a regular-season sport was his closing begin of the 2019 season. He additionally struck out seven final yr in a playoff begin in opposition to the Yankees.
Crawford’s two-run single with the bases loaded continued a development for the Gold Glove shortstop. He now has 19 RBIs in 20 profession plate appearances with the bases loaded. He is batting .438 in these conditions.
Mariners: RHP Keynan Middleton (proper biceps pressure) may return from the injured checklist quickly, supervisor Scott Servais stated. He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday to fellow injured Mariners LF Jake Fraley (left hamstring pressure). Fraley’s subsequent step is a rehabilitation project. Servais additionally stated LHP Marco Gonzales will throw off a mound on Monday for the primary time since straining his left forearm.
Indians: LHP Sam Hentges (1-0, 3.29) will get the beginning within the collection opener on the Los Angeles Angels.
Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (1-2, 4.30) takes the mound in Seattle within the collection opener in opposition to Detroit. He struck out a career-high 11 in his final outing, a no-decision in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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