Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Mariners 5-4 Saturday afternoon.
It was the sixth consecutive defeat for the Mariners, tying their season high.
All of Seattle’s runs came via solo homers. Daniel Vogelbach, Edwin Encarnacion, Dylan Moore and Tim Beckham went deep, with Beckham home run in the top of the eighth giving the M’s a short-lived 4-3 lead.
Francisco Lindor, who homered earlier, led off the bottom of the eighth with a single off M’s left-hander Roenis Elias. Leonys Martin put down a sacrifice bunt to advance Lindor to second before Jose Ramirez struck out.
The M’s then went to the bullpen, bringing in right-hander Connor Sadzeck (0-1) to face Santana. The move failed, as Santana hit a 2-1 pitch over the center-field wall to give the Indians the lead.
The M’s acquired RHP Austin Adams from the Washington Nationals in exchange for LHP Nick Wells, who was 1-2 with a 7.91 ERA in five starts for High-A Modesto. Adams will report to Triple-A Tacoma. He made one appearance in the major leagues this season. … IF Joey Curletta, the Mariners’ minor league hitter of the year last season, was claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox.
By the numbers
-41: The number of runs the M’s have been outscored by during their six-game skid. That has taken their season run differential from +41 to zero.
Our take from Right Field
The bullpen strikes again. Putting in Sadzeck to force the switch-hitting Santana to bat left-handed backfired, as he hit one over the center-field fence. A loss Sunday and the M’s slip to .500 (18-18) after their 13-2 start.
The M’s will wrap up their three-game series in Cleveland with a 10:10 a.m. game at Progressive Field. RHP Erik Swanson (0-3, 6.62 ERA) is scheduled to face Indians RHP Cody Anderson (0-0, 5.40).