Cruz's two-run homer sends Indians to rare loss
The Seattle Mariners had lost six consecutive games, falling back in the American League wild-card playoff chase, but they broke the streak in an exciting way Friday night.
Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as Seattle beat Cleveland 3-1 at Safeco Field, sending the Indians to only their second loss in the past 29 games. The Indians had earlier set the American League record with 22 consecutive wins.
Robinson Cano singled to lead off the inning, and Cruz followed with his homer off Cleveland closer Cody Allen.
Giovanny Urshela homered for Cleveland, and Yonder Alonso tied it with an RBI single in the seventh inning.
Seattle moved to 75-79. Cleveland is 96-58.
Starting pitchers pitched well: Cleveland's Trevor Bauer went seven innings, allowing five hits and one run; Seattle's Erasmo Ramirez pitched eight innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out 10 and walking none.
Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth inning and got the win, despite Ramirez's gem. Ramirez retired the final 18 batters he faced.
The teams play at 7 p.m. Saturday, with Adam Moore (1-4, 5.40) pitching for Seattle opposite Carlos Carrasco (16-6, 3.48).