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Seager's 3-hit day, clutch 2B give Mariners win

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CLEVELAND -- For Kyle Seager, there's no place like home, though Progressive Field might be a close second.

The Mariners' third baseman knocked in the go-ahead run in Seattle's 5-4 victory on Thursday with a double off the wall in left-center field in the eighth inning, capping a 3-for-4 night and continuing his long run of success against the Indians.

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CLEVELAND -- For Kyle Seager, there's no place like home, though Progressive Field might be a close second.

The Mariners' third baseman knocked in the go-ahead run in Seattle's 5-4 victory on Thursday with a double off the wall in left-center field in the eighth inning, capping a 3-for-4 night and continuing his long run of success against the Indians.

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Seager has hit .378 (34-for-90) with 10 doubles, a triple, five homers and 13 RBIs in 23 career games at Progressive Field, and his latest hit lifted the Mariners to their third straight win, improving them to 14-10 overall and 5-2 on their current road trip.

"I remember my first year doing well here," Seager said. "I don't know that anybody necessarily loves coming here and facing this pitching staff. I don't think that's certainly it. But maybe my numbers that first year skewed the whole thing."

Seager's opposite-field double scored Ichiro Suzuki, who was pinch-running for Nelson Cruz after the Mariners' cleanup hitter doubled with two outs off reliever Nick Goody.

"It hurt my feelings a little bit, because that was probably my best bolt and it still didn't get out," Seager said with a smile. "But that felt good. That was as clean a swing as I've put in that direction. That's kind of the whole goal of the swing changes and working on all the different stuff; that's the outcome I've been hoping for."

James Paxton equaled his career high of 10 strikeouts in a strong six-inning outing that was marred only by a two-run homer by former Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso in the sixth. Paxton allowed five hits and two runs, with the no-decision leaving him at 1-1 with a 5.12 ERA in six starts.

Video: SEA@CLE: Paxton strikes out 10 over six innings

The Indians rallied to tie the game at 4 before Seager's go-ahead hit led to Seattle's third-straight one-run win.

The Mariners are 6-2 in one-run games and 10-3 in games decided by two runs or fewer, which is a tribute in part to the success of the back end of the bullpen.

Juan Nicasio delivered a perfect eighth inning for his 10th hold of the season, tops in the Majors, and Edwin Diaz closed out the ninth for his Major League-leading 11th save and third in three days. Diaz has allowed just one run and two hits in 13 1/3 innings this season, with 25 strikeouts.

Video: SEA@CLE: Diaz strikes out Ramirez to lock down save

"You can't say enough about Eddie," said Paxton. "He's just been great. He just comes in and shuts the door, and that's a big reason why we've won so many one-run ballgames. He's just been unreal."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Indians starter Mike Clevinger retired eight straight to start the game before Ryon Healy's two-out single in the third on the first pitch he saw after coming off the 10-day disabled list. That seemed to ignite the Mariners, as they then ripped off three straight RBI hits -- a triple by Dee Gordon, a double by Jean Segura and single from Robinson Cano to take the early lead. It was the first game the Mariners have had their full lineup healthy and together this season.

Video: SEA@CLE: Segura rips an RBI double to left in 3rd

"That's something good, something you hope for Opening Day, as opposed to a few weeks into it," Seager said. "But that's part of baseball. Injuries and stuff happen. But I really do like this group. You look at it top to bottom, it's a deep group and there's a lot of ways this lineup can score runs, a lot of different dynamics to it."

Video: SEA@CLE: Cano plates Segura with an RBI single in 3rd

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Gordon's triple in the third was the fastest by a Mariner since Statcast™ began tracking in 2015, clocked at 10.86 seconds from home to third. Seattle's previous fastest triple in that span was 10.92 seconds, last year by Jarrod Dyson. Gordon's time was the fastest in the Majors this season.

• Gordon turns on the jets for blazing triple

Video: SEA@MIN: Statcast™ measures Dee Gordon's speedy triple

SOUND SMART
Gordon's triple was his first as a Mariner, but he now has 36 since the start of the 2014 season, the most in the Majors in that span.

HE SAID IT
"I didn't check the replay, but they made a decision and nothing else I can do. I'm just happy to get on base for the guys. But I'm going to check that later." -- Cano, on a would-be home run that was turned into a double after a replay in the fifth inning

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Cano appeared to have hit his 100th home run as a Mariner with an opposite-field shot in the fifth off Clevinger, but after a crew-chief review, the call was overturned and ruled a double instead. The ball appeared to glance off the yellow line atop the wall in left-center field and then rebound back into the field of play after deflecting off a railing behind the fence. Clevinger wound up striking out Cruz to strand Cano at second and keep the score at 4-0.

"When you look at it with the naked eye, it looked like it did hit something behind there," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "But replay didn't see it that way. It's been frustrating. Lately, the replay hasn't gone our way on a few of these. Obviously it's a boundary call they're looking at in New York. Our guy saw it different. It took a big run off the board. It took five to win tonight and we just had to find a different way to score that last run."

Video: SEA@CLE: Cano doubles after overturned homer in 5th

UP NEXT
Erasmo Ramirez (0-1, 9.64 ERA) makes his second start of the season as the Mariners take on two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber in Friday's 4:10 p.m. PT game at Progressive Field. The Mariners handed Kluber (3-1, 1.96 ERA) his only loss this year on Opening Day. Ramirez gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings on Sunday in Texas in his first game back from a strained right lat that sidelined him early in Spring Training.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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