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Mariners Notch Eighth Straight Win

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Aided by an odd double play in the ninth inning, Tom Wilhelmsen and the Seattle Mariners avoided a late-game collapse to beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 and win their eighth straight contest.

Wilhelmsen worked himself into trouble as the Indians put runners on the corners with no outs in the ninth. That's when a poor decision by pinch runner Drew Stubbs changed the complexion of the inning.

Kyle Seager threw to second on a groundball for the force out, but Stubbs couldn't decide if he wanted to go home or stay at third. Instead of turning the double play, Mariners infielder Nick Franklin threw home to catch Stubbs in a run down.

Stubbs was eventually tagged out and Wilhelmsen struck out the next batter, Michael Bourn, to end the game for his 23 save of the season.

Erasmo Ramirez was a bit shaky, but allowed just three runs in 5 2/3 innings for his first win of the season. Yoervis Medina threw 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief for the Mariners.

All the scoring came in the first three innings, as Mike Zunino's RBI single gave the Mariners a 4-3 advantage that would stick.

Seager went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Kendrys Morales notched a pair of hits, including a double and RBI.