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10/15/2001 12:11 PM ET
Mariners force fifth and deciding game
By Carrie Muskat
MLB.com
Ichiro's single in the seventh gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead.
Game highlights: 56k | 300k
Box score

CLEVELAND -- The Seattle Mariners' magical season will continue at least one more day.

Freddy Garcia survived one bad pitch to Juan Gonzalez, Edgar Martinez hit a two-run homer and Ichiro Suzuki looked like anything but a rookie, lifting the Mariners to a 6-2 win Sunday over the Cleveland Indians to force Game 5 in the American League Division Series.

The finale of the best-of-five series will be played Monday at SAFECO Field, a trip the Indians were hoping to avoid. The home team has won two, lost two in four previous Game 5s since Division Series play began in 1995. The Mariners are 1-0, having defeated the Yankees at home in Game 5 in 1995. The Indians are 1-1 in such games, defeating the Yankees in New York in 1997 and losing to the Red Sox at home in 1999.

Jamie Moyer (1-0), who has beaten Cleveland three times this year, including a win in Game 2, will face Chuck Finley (0-1) in the deciding game. It's the fifth time an ALDS has gone to five games since 1995.

"We've got to get on a plane like they do," Finley said, "and winner take all."

The Mariners want to prove that their 116-win season was no fluke.

"We've had that big lead all year but still, there was a sense of purpose. There still is," Seattle Manager Lou Piniella said. "These guys want to go out there and win this series and we're going to do the best we can and that's all we can do."

Martinez sealed the win with a towering 458-foot, two-run homer in the Seattle ninth off the first pitch from Paul Shuey.

Ichiro hit a tie-breaking RBI single in the M's three-run seventh and is having no problems adjusting to American postseason baseball. The Japanese right fielder is now 9-for-16 in the series, batting .563.

He took advantage of the two-hour 20-minute rain delay by taking a nap in the clubhouse, using his favorite pillow.

"I feel a lot of pressure to play best-of-five," Ichiro said through his interpreter. "I feel we cannot lose any of the games."

He has certainly looked calm.

Garcia (1-1), the league ERA leader, gave up four hits, including a mammoth home run to Gonzalez leading off the second, over 6 1/3 innings for the win. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- and struck out five. The right-hander also settled down, retiring 15 of the last 19 batters he faced.

"We were expecting a good game from him," Piniella said of Garcia, now 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA in five career postseason starts. "He's developed into a top-notch Major League starter. Today, he went out and gave up that solo home run to Gonzalez early and then settled down and pitched an outstanding six-plus innings for us."

Gonzalez's blast was his second home run this series and eighth career postseason homer, tying him with teammate Jim Thome for the most homers in Division Series history. It seemed to be all Indians starter Bartolo Colon (1-1) needed -- until the M's seventh.

"Even after that [home run] I was feeling pretty good. It was 1-0. I can't complain," Garcia said. "After that, one run, I said I have to keep the game close. I have to do something."

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Trailing 1-0, Seattle loaded the bases with none out on a leadoff walk to John Olerud, a base hit by Stan Javier and a walk to Mike Cameron.

Pinch-hitter Al Martin then bounced the ball to first baseman Jim Thome who made a back-handed grab and threw out Olerud at home on a stellar defensive play. But with the bases still loaded, David Bell hit a ball that left fielder Marty Cordova caught one step in foul territory for a sacrifice fly, scoring Javier and tying the game.

Rather than intentionally walk Ichiro, the hottest hitter in the series, and pitch to Mark McLemore, Manuel let Colon face him. Ichiro singled to drive in the tie-breaking run and then McLemore hit a single to make it 3-1 and chase Colon.

"I didn't think about walking him," Manuel said. "I was thinking about bringing [Ricardo] Rincon in but I thought, 'Here's my best pitcher, [Ichiro] is the league's leading hitter, [Colon's] still throwing good and I had faith that he was going to get him out."

Did Piniella want Ichiro up in that situation?

"He's hit close to .450 all year with men in scoring position," Piniella said. "You know he's going to make good contact. He's got 244 hits in the regular season. I think he's had 10 in the playoffs. The answer is 'Yes.'"

Colon gave up three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out three. The Indians right-hander, who pitched eight scoreless innings in Game 1, set an American League Division Series record for consecutive scoreless innings with 14, breaking the old mark of nine set in 1981 by Oakland's Mike Norris.

Cleveland knocked Garcia out in the seventh. Gonzalez doubled to lead off and one out later, Garcia departed for Jeff Nelson. Ellis Burks then reached on a weird play. He struck out but the ball glanced off catcher Tom Lampkin's glove and caromed to the backstop. Burks was safe at first, and then out at second on a fielder's choice by Travis Fryman, which scored Gonzalez and chased Nelson.

Arthur Rhodes, the reliever the 45,025 Indians fans at Jacobs Field love to boo, then got pinch-hitter Wil Cordero to fly out and end the threat.

Mike Cameron added a RBI double in the eighth off Danys Baez to make it 4-2.

The game was delayed 2 hours 20 minutes by rain although the poncho-clad fans weren't too disappointed. They could watch the Cleveland Browns-Cincinnati Bengals NFL game on the scoreboard video.

When Colon finally took the mound, it was shortlived. Piniella asked that Colon remove the high-necked white shirt he was wearing under his jersey. He did, without incident. It must have been too bright.

The Mariners needed to hit to win. Seattle's Nos. 3-6 hitters were a combined 3-for-41 coming into the game and the team was just 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

The Indians missed the opportunity to clinch at home.

"I definitely didn't want to take a plane ride to Seattle," Manuel said. "I don't think anyone else did. What it came down to today was we played real good there for six innings and then things started happening to us and we got beat."

Piniella admitted he felt a little off before Sunday's game.

"What's strange about today," Piniella said before the game, "is this is the first day that I've come to the ballpark all year, possibly not putting the uniform on any more and that's the strangeness about it."

The Mariners had the best record ever in the American League at 116-46 and, obviously, the best in baseball this year. That doesn't guarantee a World Series win. In the last 11 years, the 1998 New York Yankees are the only team to have the best regular-season record and win the World Series.

"The unfortunate thing about baseball, or any sport," Piniella said, "is that no matter how well you do, unless you win the final prize, you're going to feel disappointment."

Not yet. Not for the Mariners. There's at least one more game to be played.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com.

Box score

Mariners 6, Indians 2

Jacobs Field

FINAL

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mariners 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 6 11 0
Indians 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 2
Mariners AB R H RBI TB BB K AVG SLG
Ichiro Suzuki - RF 5 1 3 1 3 0 0 .562 .625
Mark McLemore - SS 5 0 1 1 1 0 1 .071 .071
Edgar Martinez - DH 4 1 2 2 6 1 1 .286 .786
Bret Boone - 2B 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 .118 .118
John Olerud - 1B 4 0 2 0 2 1 1 .143 .143
Stan Javier - LF 3 2 1 0 1 1 0 .286 .429
Mike Cameron - CF 3 1 1 1 2 1 0 .267 .667
Dan Wilson - C 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .182 .273
a-Al Martin - PH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
Tom Lampkin - C 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000
David Bell - 3B 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 .333 .667

Totals

36 6 11 6 16 4 7 - -
a-hit into fielder's choice for Wilson in the 7th.

Batting:
2B
- E Martinez (1, Colon); Cameron (3, Baez).
HR - E Martinez (2, 9th inning off Shuey 1 on, 2 out).
SF - Bell.
RBI - Bell (2), Suzuki (2), Mclemore (1), Cameron (3), E Martinez 2 (4).
2-out RBI - Suzuki, Mclemore, Cameron, E Martinez 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - Boone 1, E Martinez 1, Lampkin 1, Olerud 1.
GIDP - Mclemore, Boone.
Team LOB - 8.

Baserunning:
SB - Boone (1, 2nd base off Shuey/Diaz).
Fielding:
PB - Lampkin. DP: 1 (Garcia-Mclemore-Olerud).
Indians AB R H RBI TB BB K AVG SLG
Kenny Lofton - CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .067 .267
Omar Vizquel - SS 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 .444 .611
Roberto Alomar - 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .235 .412
Juan Gonzalez - RF 4 2 2 1 6 0 1 .421 .895
Jim Thome - 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .188 .375
Ellis Burks - DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .375 .625
Travis Fryman - 3B 3 0 0 1 0 0 2 .143 .143
Marty Cordova - LF 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .333 .333
a-Russell Branyan - PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333
b-Wil Cordero - PH-LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
Einar Diaz - C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286

Totals

32 2 5 2 9 1 8 - -
a-pinch-hit for Cordova in the 7th; b-flied to left for Branyan in the 7th.

Batting:
2B - Gonzalez (3, Garcia).
HR - Gonzalez (2, 2nd inning off Garcia 0 on, 0 out).
RBI - Gonzalez (5), Fryman (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - Alomar 2.
GIDP - Lofton.
Team LOB - 4.

Baserunning:
SB - Vizquel (1, 2nd base off Garcia/Wilson).
Fielding:
E
- Vizquel (1, ground ball); Colon (1, throw).
DP: 2 (Alomar-Vizquel-Thome, Vizquel-Thome).
Mariners IP H R ER BB K PIT B-S BF ERA
Freddy Garcia (W, 1-1) 6.1 4 2 1 1 5 80 28-52 23 3.86
Jeff Nelson (H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 9 4-5 2 0.00
Arthur Rhodes (H, 1) 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 19 7-12 5 0.00
Kazuhiro Sasaki 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 3-7 3 0.00
Pitching:
WP - Rhodes.
Ground balls-fly balls:
Garcia 9-5; Nelson 1-0; Rhodes 2-2; Sasaki 0-1.
Indians IP H R ER BB K PIT B-S BF ERA
Bartolo Colon (L, 1-1) 6.2 6 3 3 4 3 99 39-60 29 1.84
Danys Baez 1 2 1 1 0 1 20 6-14 5 4.50
Ricardo Rincon 1 1 1 1 0 2 17 5-12 4 6.75
Paul Shuey 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 9 3-6 3 6.75
Pitching:
Ground balls-fly balls: Colon 11-6; Baez 2-0; Rincon 0-1; Shuey 0-0.
Umpires: Rick Reed (HP) Ed Rapuano (1B) Greg Gibson (2B) Dana DeMuth (3B) Jeff Nelson (LF) Paul Schrieber (RF)
Time: 3:16
Attendance: 45,025
Weather: 58 degrees, cloudy. Wind: 25 mph, out to right.
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