Indians 7, Mariners 5

At times it can be painful for their manager to watch, but the

young Seattle Mariners are growing up.

Eric Wedge can only hope these kids don’t stop.

Hours after another heartbreaking loss, the Mariners bounced

back and beat the Cleveland Indians 12-7 in the second game of a

day-night doubleheader Tuesday, a nine-plus-hour marathon that will

be remembered for the earthquake that swayed the upper deck of

Progressive Field.

Anthony Vasquez won his major league debut with a ton of run

support and fellow rookie Dustin Ackley had three RBIs as the

Mariners won the night game, just hours after they dejectedly left

the field following a three-run, walk-off homer by Shin-Soo Choo

that gave the Indians a 7-5 win.

Wedge was proud of his young team’s resiliency.

”That’s what we do,” said Wedge, who has 12 rookies on his

25-man roster. ”We had to come back from that. We’re playing a

team that’s in the mix and our kids are playing good

baseball.”

Vasquez (1-0) was one of five first-year players in Seattle’s

starting lineup in Game 2, but whatever the Mariners lacked in

experience, they made up for with quality swings while scoring five

runs in both the third and fourth innings off Zach McAllister

(0-1), who was belted for 10 runs and nine hits in 3 1-3

innings.

Seattle’s rookies showed their stuff.

Mike Carp hit a two-run homer, Trayvon Robinson had four hits

and Kyle Seager homered for the Mariners. Although not a rookie,

Seattle’s Jeff Gray also had a first, working out of trouble in the

eighth and finishing for his first career save.

”It’s awesome,” Robinson said of the rookies’ contributions.

”It’s coming together. We’re all starting to play better. It’s a

great feeling.”

The Indians won the opener with typical dramatic flair – a

three-run homer in the ninth by Choo to snap a four-game losing

streak and keep pace with the Tigers. However, Cleveland couldn’t

keep its momentum, fell behind 10-2 in the fourth inning in the

nightcap and now trail first-place Detroit in the AL Central by six

games.

In the second game, Kusoke Fukudome and Choo hit solo homers and

Jack Hannahan had a career-high four hits for Cleveland, which went

3 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

”We kept battling, but we were in too big a hole to get out of

it,” Indians manager Manny Acta said.

Choo’s three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth in the opener

came shortly after the ballpark was briefly shaken by the 5.8

magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia.

The temblor swayed the upper deck and press box and chased away

a few frightened fans.

”My first thought was, ‘That’s weird, I can’t move this

seat,”’ said Tim Hammond, who attended the game with his wife and

three kids. ”I thought it was the wind. I know the stadium is made

to move, but I didn’t know what was moving it. I was thinking maybe

they blew something up on that movie set. A lot of people got up

and were like ‘We’re out of here.”’

Choo’s shot into the seats in left field quaked the ballpark

again, giving the Indians their sixth walk-off win by a homer and

15th victory in their final home at-bat this season. Choo almost

didn’t play for the second straight game following the birth of his

daughter, Abigail, but he arrived 90 minutes before the first pitch

and hit the final one from Brandon League (1-5) over the wall.

The shot pumped up the Indians. It wasn’t long before they were

deflated.

The Mariners, who have been the wrong end of too much

game-ending drama this season – they’ve lost 12 times on walk-offs

– took the suspense out of the second game early and gave Vasquez

plenty of cushion.

”You always wish you could do a little better, but we got the

win,” Vasquez said. ”The run support helped a lot. That was

everything. It helped me relax a little bit.”

Wedge wasn’t going to be critical of the left-hander’s

debut.

”I’ll take it,” Wedge said. ”Vasquez didn’t quite have the

command I wanted to see, but that first time out is always a

mulligan. He got us a win so good for him.”

Notes: The Mariners are 2-5 against the Indians. … Carp has

reached base safely in 31 of his last 32 games. … Robinson went 6

for 9 in the two games. … The teams will wrap up their series

with another matinee as Felix Hernandez (11-11) faces Josh Tomlin

(12-6). It will be Hernandez’s 200th career start – all with

Seattle. … The Indians hosted their second annual

”Puppypalooza,” allowing fans to bring their dogs into the

ballpark. More than 600 mutts and purebreds paraded around the

field before the game without incident. … Vasquez is the 10th

Seattle pitcher to make his major league debut this season.