CLEVELAND -- Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Ben Gamel added a solo shot and scored twice, powering the Mariners to a 3-1 victory over the Indians on Friday night.Cano's shot to right-center-field snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth inning and was the 282nd of his career. Gamel
CLEVELAND -- Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Ben Gamel added a solo shot and scored twice, powering the Mariners to a 3-1 victory over the Indians on Friday night.
Cano's shot to right-center-field snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth inning and was the 282nd of his career. Gamel also homered off Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco as Seattle won the opener of the three-game series.
"[Cano] is a veteran player and a really smart player," Mariners manager Scott Servais said about the second baseman after the Mariners won their third game in a row. "He knows what he is looking for when he goes up there and he has gotten a few pitches to drive on this road trip and he hasn't missed them."
Mariners left-hander Ariel Miranda did not allow a hit until the fourth, when Jose Ramirez hit a one-out homer. He struck out seven and surrendered two hits in 5 1/3 strong innings.
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"I just liked the way he was throwing," Servais said. "Once he got in a groove there in the third and fourth inning, you know we had to get as much as we could out of him."
Seattle held a 2-1 lead when reigning International League MVP Gamel cleared the wall just inside the right-field foul pole. It was his first homer of the season and was part of a 2-for-4 evening.
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Edwin Diaz retired the final four batters, striking out three, for his fourth save. Mariners pitchers struck out a season-high 14 as James Pazos had four in relief of Miranda.
"Miranda beat us with his fastball up a little bit or just got it past our barrels," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "When they went to their bullpen, those are two pretty good arms they threw at us."
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Carrasco scattered six hits over eight innings, striking out seven, for defending American League champion Cleveland. The Indians had four hits, all occurring in different innings.
"When you go eight and give up three runs, you've got a pretty good chance to win," Francona said. "Carlos just made a couple of mistakes with those home runs, leaving the ball up." More >
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Cano goes yard: After Carrasco retired nine Mariners in a row dating back to the first inning, the right-hander gave up a leadoff double to Gamel, setting the stage for Cano. The Mariners second baseman hit an 0-1 four-seam fastball a projected 402 feet to center field to give the Mariners the early 2-0 lead. Cano's homer had an exit velocity of 100.3 MPH combined with a launch angle of 28 degrees, per Statcast™.
Gamel hits his first homer of season: Gamel's double to center in the fourth inning came on a four-seam fastball middle-away in the zone. Carrasco left another mistake over the plate in the sixth inning to Gamel, who connected on the fastball over the heart of the plate and drove it to the stands in right to pad the Mariners lead. According to Statcast™, Gamel's first home run of the season -- a solo shot -- had a launch angle of 40 degrees, an exit velocity of 98.3 MPH and a hit probability of 11 percent, but it carried 346 feet.
"Jose is a little stronger and thicker than when he came up, and he's a lot stronger than people give him credit for. Down the road, he's going to be able to hit a lot of home runs from both sides of the plate." -- Francona on the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Ramirez
"For me ... Pazos and the job he did tonight got us over the hump. He came in, was firing bullets and was very aggressive and went right after them." -- Servais on Pazos More >
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ramirez hit a 2-0 splitter from Miranda just over the yellow line on top of the 18-foot wall in left-center. The ball bounced back into play after it landed, resulting in the umpiring crew initially calling it a double. After a 41-second review, the call was overturned and Ramirez was credited with his sixth home run of the season.
Mariners:Yovani Gallardo (1-2, 4.84 ERA) is scheduled to start in the series' second game on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. PT. In his last outing, the right-hander went 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run on four hits to pick up his first win of the season on Sunday vs. the A's.
Indians: Right-hander Danny Salazar (1-2, 4.37 ERA) seeks his first career win over Seattle in a 4:10 p.m. ET matchup Saturday. He is 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA in two starts against the Mariners, including a 2-1 loss last April 20 when he struck out seven.
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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Mariners on Friday.
Brian Dulik is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland who covered the Indians on Friday.