Martinez Returns; Streak Ends At 10
Victor Martinez ... scores in first game back.
Victor Martinez ... scores in first game back.
Indians Ink
Posted Aug 29, 2008

Victor Martinez finally returned to the Indians. He walked, got a hit, and scored a run. So much for the good news. Cleveland lost to the lowly Seattle Mariners, 3-2, snapping a season-high winning streak at 10 games on Friday night. Raul Ibanez drove in all of Seattle's runs, two of them with his 22nd homer. Jhonny Peralta hit into two of three double plays that hurt potential Tribe rallies.

Grady Sizemore (.270) and Shin-Soo Choo (.272) each had two of the Indians' nine hits.

Ibanez gave Seattle a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning off Jeremy Sowers (2-7, 5.92 ERA).

Ibanez' two-run shot in the third made it 3-0.

Cleveland got within 3-1 in the bottom half. Andy Marte (.205), singled, went to third on a double by Sizemore and scored on a groundout by Jamey Carroll (.271).

Martinez (.279) walked to open the fourth and scored all the way from first on a double to deep left by Choo.

It was Martinez's first game since June 12. He had bone chips surgically removed from his right elbow the next day.

Cleveland had plenty of scoring chances.

Sizemore and Carroll singled to start the first, but David Dellucci struck out and Peralta bounced into a double play.

With one out in the second, Choo walked and went to second on a single by Franklin Gutierrez. This time, Kelly Shoppach grounded into a double play.

After Martinez scored in the fourth, Gutierrez fanned, Choo was out trying to steal third and Shoppach struck out, too.

Peralta fanned to end the fifth with two runners on and hit into another double play in the eighth -- when Martinez and Choo followed with singles. But Gutierrez struck out.

Sowers gave up three runs and seven hits over five innings. Cleveland relievers allowed only one hit. Juan Rincon (6.14 ERA) worked two perfect innings; Brendan Donnelly (7.94 ERA) allowed one hit in the eighth and Edward Mujica (7.22 ERA) yielded only a walk in the ninth.

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