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Cano’s Three-Run Homer Pushes Mariners Past Tribe 10-7 in Extra Innings

The Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners played the rubber match of a three-game series in a Thursday afternoon getaway game at Progressive Field.

It was a back and forth game, as Seattle jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before home runs from Rajai Davis and Mike Napoli helped the Tribe tie the game at 7 and send the game to extra innings.

Unfortunately for the Tribe, closer Cody Allen, who kept the game tied in the ninth, found himself in a precarious position, facing Mariners Second Baseman Robinson Cano with runners at the corners and two outs in the top of the 10th.

Cano didn’t just drive in the go-ahead run, but launched a three-run bomb to center field to make it 10-7 in favor of Seattle and ultimately win the game.

“We’ve played pretty good baseball this year,” Allen said. “I know we are 6-7 but our offense has done a heck of a job, and we’ve gotten some big hits, and just for us to keep fighting right there it’s something that is going to pay dividends down the road.

“We didn’t come through with it today, but that type of attitude and that type of baseball will win games.”

“We got down and we were able to fight back,” Napoli said. “We’re not going to give up, we know we have a good team and know we have a good offense, it doesn’t matter what’s going on in the game we’re going to try to have good at bats.”

“We’re just trying to get on a roll, trying to put some things together,” Napoli said. “First 13 games, you’d love to play better but we’re right about .500 and we just need to continue to try and get better.”

For the Tribe, it’s a disheartening loss, which makes them 6-7 on the season, but at least the offense showed they can put up big numbers.

Indians Starting Pitcher Cody Anderson struggled, allowing five earned runs on nine hits over 3.2 innings of work, but got a no-decision because his offense bounced back.

Tony Zych gets the win for the Mariners and Steve Chisek earns his third save of the season.

The Tribe heads out on a six-game road trip, which starts Friday night in Detroit. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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