CLEVELAND -- This is how well the Mariners' offense is clicking at the moment. As Robinson Cano was told reporters were waiting to talk to him in the visiting clubhouse at Progressive Field after Seattle's 10-4 victory over the Indians on Sunday, Cano raised his eyebrows. "They want to talk to
CLEVELAND -- This is how well the Mariners' offense is clicking at the moment. As Robinson Cano was told reporters were waiting to talk to him in the visiting clubhouse at Progressive Field after Seattle's 10-4 victory over the Indians on Sunday, Cano raised his eyebrows.
"They want to talk to me? I didn't do anything in this one," the affable Cano said before heading to his locker to face the cameras.
All Cano did was go 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and launch his 100th home run with the Mariners to spark a five-run second-inning rally that helped Seattle wrap up a 7-3 road trip.
Indeed, there were other Mariners who had more hits, more homers and more RBIs on this day, but Cano continues leading an impressive offense and, well, you don't hit a 100-homer milestone every game.
"To be honest, I didn't know," Cano said. "For me, it's all about winning. But it's good to do a milestone like that here in this uniform. You come here and try to be the same guy that goes out and plays the game the same way. I just want to help this team win games."
Cano became the 14th player to hit 100 home runs for Seattle with his two-run shot off Josh Tomlin. The 35-year-old has three homers this season and 304 for his career, the second-most in Major League history for a second baseman.
The Mariners scored all five of their second-inning runs with two outs. Mitch Haniger came home from first on a double to left by Ryon Healy to get things started. Dee Gordon and Jean Segura followed with RBI singles before Cano unloaded on a 2-1 cutter from Tomlin, with Statcast™ projecting the home run at 398 feet.
Healy wound up hitting two homers and driving in four runs from the No. 9 spot in the lineup, while Haniger finished off his April with his 10th home run and 27th RBI while batting sixth.
"You can compare this lineup with anyone in the league right now," said Cano. "We have a lot of potential. I would say we can face any aces in the league, one through nine. Our No. 9 hitter today hit two homers. He was the player of the game.
"That is the thing. It's not only about one guy, it's about the team and that's what you want. You have a team that can compete and hit and we wanted to get going from the get-go."
And that's what has the veteran Cano excited more than anything. He's yet to make the postseason in his first four seasons in Seattle, but loves the feel of a 16-11 start that has the Mariners in position to make some noise in the American League West.
"What I see is everybody is running and giving it everything we've got," Cano said. "We know we can compete with anyone. This year we went out from the first day, not what happened the past few years where we waited to the end to see who else was losing or winning. If you want to make the playoffs, you have to win games in April."
Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB