Cleveland left 11 runners on base and lost for the 12th time in 15 games since July 5, including a 2-9 mark at Jacobs Field.
(6-5) had allowed only two hits until Ichiro Suzuki
's two-run homer in the eighth inning turned the Indians' 3-2 lead into a 4-3 deficit.
Still, Cleveland had a chance to tie it or go ahead in the bottom half of the inning and again in the ninth.
With two on and nobody out in the eighth, Ron Belliard
didn't put down a very good bunt, which was fielded by third baseman Adrian Beltre
, who threw to shortstop Mike Morse covering third to cut down the lead runner.
then lined out to first baseman Richie Sexson
, who doubled off Belliard. Sexson dove after the scrambling Belliard, who beat him back to the bag, but slid past and was tagged out.
In the ninth, Victor Martinez
walked with two outs and Jose Hernandez
singled, but Mariners closer Eddie Guardado
struck out Casey Blake
for his 22nd save in 23 chances.
Elarton walked pinch-hitter Chris Snelling to open the Seattle eighth. Manager Eric Wedge
had left-handers Scott Sauerbeck
and Arthur Rhodes
warming up, but stuck with the right-hander, who made Suzuki miss badly on a breaking pitch in the dirt before serving up a fastball that went out of the park even faster.
"It was a bad pitch," Elarton told reporters. "I knew it when it left my hand that it was a bad pitch. That was it. It all boiled down to that pitch."
Wedge, who seldom blasts his team, finally expressed some emotion to reporters, though he stopped short of naming names when showing his frustration at mounting mistakes.
"We can't have meetings every other day," Wedge said in an uncharacteristically loud tone. "It's the big leagues. Enough is enough."
He defended his decision to let Elarton face Suzuki, whose homer made him 4-for-8 in his career against the right-hander.
"It was still his ballgame," Wedge said. "The fact that Suzuki is hitting .360 against lefties, we stayed with him."
Belliard hit a two-run homer, his ninth of the season, in the fourth inning to put Cleveland ahead, 3-1. But the lead could have been larger. Cleveland stranded five runners in the first two innings.
The Indians went ahead 1-0 when Coco Crisp
drew a bases-loaded walk off Seattle starter Jamie Moyer
in the second, but Victor Martinez struck out to end the inning.
Tribe DH Travis Hafner
missed his sixth straight game with dizzy spells and Wedge said before the game that the club could put its leading hitter on the disabled list.
... and Belliard is doubled off first base by Richie Sexson, who caught a line drive off the bat of Aaron Boone in the eighth inning.
CLASS AAA BUFFALO (57-43)
was blasted at Scranton Wilkes-Barre, 13-6, to break a three-game winning streak. Ryan Ludwick
(.190) hit his third homer since being demoted by the Indians. Mike Kinkade
(.278), Andy Abad
(.284) and Jose Morban
(.333) each had two hits for the Bisons, though Jeff Liefer
(.321, 19 homers, 65 RBI) did not play, fueling speculation that he was being called up to the Indians to replace Travis Hafner on the active roster. Brian Tallet
(6-5, 4.47 ERA) lost his third straight start, yielding seven runs (six earned) and eight hits in four-plus innings. Francisco Cruceta
(5.55 ERA) gave up four runs in one inning, Jose Diaz
(4.76 ERA) allowed two runs over two innings and Chris Cooper
(4.50) worked one perfect inning. Veteran catcher A.J. Hinch, who was in the Indians' spring training camp two years ago, hit his first two triples of the season and had six RBI for the Red Barons. Former Indians pitcher Mike Bacsik
(5-6) got the win.
CLASS AA AKRON (54-43)
topped Trenton, 6-4, at Canal Park. Brian Slocum
(6-5, 4.96 ERA) worked one scoreless inning of relief to get the win and Edward Mujica
(1.98 ERA) gave up one run over 1 1/3 innings, but earned his fifth save since being promoted from Class A ball last month. Starter Jeremy Sowers
(2.04 ERA) yielded three runs over 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander struck out six without allowing a walk. Five Aeros had two hits apiece, including Eider Torres
(.248), who had two RBI and Ryan Mulhern
(.233), who scored twice.
CLASS A KINSTON (10-16)
was rained out at home.
CLASS A LAKE COUNTY (10-17)
lost at home to Hagerstown, 7-2. Chuck Lofgren
(2-2, 2.31 ERA) allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings. He gave up three hits and three walks, striking out eight. Brandon Rickert
, T.J. Burton
and Adam Hanson
all gave up runs in their outings
CLASS A MAHONING VALLEY (17-14)
won at Aberdeen, 6-5. Cirilo Cumberbatch
(.227) went 3-for-4, drove in four runs, scored twice, and hit his third homer, a two-run shot for the Scrappers. Starter Kevin Dixon
(2-0, 3.86 ERA) allowed one run over five innings, striking out four without a walk. Jose Amaya
and Josh Kite
both gave up two runs, but Dustin Roddy
2.25 ERA) came on to get the final three outs for his fourth save.
ROOKIE LEAGUE BURLINGTON (12-18)
lost at Danville, 11-6, though John Drennen
(.148) and Josh Roberts
(.204) each hit their second homers and had two RBI. Christopher Hicks
(0-3, 5.03 ERA) allowed four runs (two earned) over four innings. Edgar Morffe
yielded five runs in two-thirds of an inning and Jeff Pry
(1.59 ERA) gave up two more in 1 1/3 innings before Paul Lubrano
(0.77 ERA) worked two perfect innings.
The Indians squandered another decent pitching performance despite getting 10 hits Friday night. Going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and making two errors didn't help in a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Jacobs Field.
Ronnie Belliard watches his two-run homer ...