The Seattle Mariners stopped their recent slide, defeating the Cleveland Indians 7-2. The game, however, was closer than the score would indicate, as the M's tacked on five runs in the decisive ninth inning.
Adrian Beltre broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run shot off Indians pitcher Rafael Betancourt in the ninth inning. From then on the Indians did not stand a chance.
Despite Beltre's heroics, the real story of the game was the pitching of Carlos Silva. The Mariners starter put together another outstanding start, going seven innings and allowing a mere two runs.
Silva's performance was huge as his counterpart, Fausto Carmona was equally effective. Carmona only went 6.2 innings, and also allowed two runs.
Silva was brought in this season from Minnesota to help shore up the middle to back of the rotation, and to eat up innings. Silva has met and exceeded all those expectations, arguably performing the best of all Mariner pitchers this year.
With the victory, Seattle improved its record to 13-14, which is good enough for third place. They currently sit three-and-a-half games behind both the Angels and Athletics.
The two teams meet again tomorrow, with Jarrod Washburn pitching for the Mariners and Cliff Lee taking the mound for the home Indians.
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