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Seventh-inning struggles doom Cleveland Indians in series finale against Seattle Mariners


Seattle recalled David Freitas so the club has two healthy catchers on the roster, but the majority of the playing time will likely fall to Mike Marjama, who received high praise for jumping into a hard situation on opening night and catching Felix Hernandez for the first time in a game.

And that ended up being big because Edwin Encarnacion brought his big bat on Sunday, following the next half-inning with a 403-foot two-run bomb to right field off Juan Nicasio for his second home run of the game.

Darvish, who joined the Cubs over the winter as a free agent, hit the first batter he faced and allowed a two-run homer to the next hitter. But for the anticipation of the season and what we had in store as at team, it's not how you want to get off to a start.

Mariners games have a one-1 over/under record in 2018.

Manager Scott Servais could have blamed the trident on the Mariners' spring-training caps for yet another bad-luck injury; instead, he replaced Cruz with a clean-up hitter, Mitch Haniger, who smacked a two-run homer to give the Mariners a 5-2 lead, the difference in what turned out to be a 5-4 victory.

The Atlanta Braves purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Josh Ravin from Triple-A Gwinnett prior to Saturday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

And that came after they started the game in a 2-0 hole. Cruz had just one home run in his first 48 at-bats last season; he's got two in six at-bats this year.




Edwin Encarnacion hit two homers and drove in three runs for the Indians (1-2), who will continue a season-opening six-game road trip at the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.

"That slide catch was pretty cool", Gordon said.

Zunino's wasn't even the most odd of Mariners injuries in the past week.

Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, striking out seven and walking three. And he had two other catches running back to the wall, as well.

If he keeps making plays like this, he may earn some more playing time. Gordon bunted Frietas to third, which is when things got interesting.

Leake was 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA in five starts after being acquired by Seattle late last season.

Seager's hit went for a double as Segura scored, but Haniger was stopped at third.

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