- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (AP) - Russell Branyan homered twice and the Seattle Mariners scored 10 runs off Cleveland’s Scott Lewis in a 12-4 victory over the Indians on Tuesday.

Lewis has struggled since being named Cleveland’s No. 4 starter. In two starts since manager Eric Wedge announced that the rookie left-hander had earned a rotation spot, Lewis has allowed 15 runs, 21 hits and six homers in only 6 2-3 innings.

Seattle starter Chris Jakubauskas gave up one run and four hits over five innings. The right-hander, who spent 4 1/2 years in the independent leagues, continued to make a push for a rotation spot.

Ben Francisco homered off Jakubauskas in the fifth. Tony Graffanino hit a solo shot off Seattle’s Brandon Morrow in the ninth.

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