- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - With the trade deadline looming, the Indians aren’t sure if they’re buyers or sellers. Winners or losers.

In an uneven season, they’re not sure which way to go.

Trevor Bauer didn’t get through the fifth inning and the Indians failed to get back to .500 on Tuesday night with a 5-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

Bauer (4-6) was touched for four runs in the fourth inning and the Indians trailed 5-0 before getting an RBI single by Yan Gomes and Jason Kipnis’ run-scoring groundout in the fifth.

Cleveland couldn’t get much going against Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5), and the Indians didn’t have any luck either as several hard-hit balls were caught and David Murphy’s apparent homer in the seventh was ruled a double.

It was that kind of night.

It’s been that kind of year.

“We’re really not that different from last year,” manager Terry Francona said before the game. “We started the second half off last year with a horrendous road trip, and everybody wrote us off and we bounced back. You’ve got to play the games. We get to .500, slip back, get to .500, slip back.

“At some point, we need to get to .500 and kick it into gear. That’s harder to do than it is to say.”

The Indians are 5-7 since the All-Star break, and with August quickly approaching, time is running short.

“We need to put that run together,” Francona said.

The Mariners, who came in with the fewest runs scored in the AL, took a 4-0 lead in the fourth when they hit three doubles - all of them hard hits - off Bauer.

“I think I was just behind too much,” Bauer said. “When you don’t get ahead they take good swings.”

Mike Zunino’s 16th homer gave the Mariners a 5-0 lead in the fifth and chased Bauer, who had gone at least six innings in each of his previous four starts.

MURPHY’S LAW

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