- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cody Allen wasted a Cleveland Indians rally.

Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer off Allen with two outs in the 10th inning, giving the Seattle Mariners a 10-7 victory Thursday.

Cleveland trailed 5-0 in the fifth and 7-3 in the sixth, then tied the score on Mike Napoli’s two-run homer run off Joaquin Benoit in the eighth, the first pinch-hit homer of Napoli’s 11-year big league career.

“It’s a hard game to win, but it would have been a great game to win,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We kept coming and, obviously, Nap had a huge hit. It’s kind of fun to watch a guy that’s not playing just sit there for eight innings, then be locked in and go do what he did.”

Rajai Davis had a three-run homer for the Indians, and Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall also drove in runs against Mariners starter Nathan Karns. At 6-7, Cleveland fell below .500 for the first time since April 12 following a 2-4 homestand.

“They roared back and got a big home run from Napoli,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Fortunately, Robbie is a special player. Big-time players come through at big times, like he did today.”

Allen (0-1) worked a perfect ninth before walking Steve Clevenger and Franklin Gutierrez in the 10th. The right-hander’s first pitch to Cano wound up traveling 421 feet to straightaway center field.

“He’s one of the best closers in the league,” Cano said. “I wasn’t looking for a fastball or anything. This was the one time he left a pitch over the plate for me. “

Cano had been hitless in seven previous at-bats against Allen.

“I made a bad pitch to a good hitter and he didn’t miss it,” the pitcher said. “I knew I had some success against him, but he’s still very dangerous. Really, I got beat by walking a couple of guys and getting into the meat of their order.”

Tony Zych (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for his first major league win, while Steve Cishek retired all three batters in the 10th for his third save. A steady, soaking rain fell throughout the game.

Indians starter Cody Anderson allowed five runs and nine hits in a season-low 3 2.3 innings.

“If I had done my job, we’d be coming away with a win,” said Anderson, whose ERA rose to 7.53. “I’m leaving my changeup middle-in to lefties, and I need to keep it down.”


Mariners: Seth Smith, who has been nursing a strained groin, started for the second straight game in right field. “I guess he’s back to being 100 percent,” Servais said. “He feels good.”

Indians: OF Michael Brantley (right shoulder surgery) was 3 for 4 on a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron on Wednesday. He’s scheduled to play Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Columbus, and will then be re-evaluated by the Indians’ medical staff Sunday.


Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez is to start at the Angels, needing to fan one batter to break the team record for career strikeouts he shares with Randy Johnson.

Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin is to pitch at Detroit. He allowed a run in five innings Saturday against the Mets in his first start.

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