SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 18: Starting pitcher Derek Lowe #26 of the Cleveland Indians is removed from the game by manager Manny Acta #11 against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Indians Vs. Mariners: Cleveland Goes 2-1 In Series With Seattle

The Indians moved back to .500 with Wednesday night's 4-1 loss in Seattle, as they couldn't overcome a second straight mediocre performance from their starting pitcher.

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Indians Vs. Mariners Recap: Tribe Rallies Late To Escape Seattle With 2-1 Win

The Cleveland Indians stole another game in the Pacific Northwest later Thursday night, escaping Seattle with a series win over the Mariners. Seattle starter Felix Hernandez mowed down the Tribe lineup, but the Indians pounced as soon as he was yanked by Eric Wedge in the top of the 9th. Hernandez struck out 12 Indians, with the Tribe never really threatening until the 8th inning. King Felix got out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the 8th by quickly striking out Jason Kipnis and Shin-Soo Choo to end the inning. Trailing 1-0, it looked like the Indians would plate the winning run on a bouncer to the right side by Michael Brantley, but Dustin Ackley just caught a piece of it, knocking it down and keeping it in the infield to hold Jack Hannahan at third. Hernandez would then blow it by Kipnis and Choo to end the threat.

But Wedge went to closer Brandon League in the 9th, and the Indians immediately put together a rally. Carlos Santana, who was the one hitter to get a hold of a Hernandez pitch all night, drew a lead-off walk. Travis Hafner, who ripped two homers off League last year, battled with a two-strike count, held his hands back and ripped a loud single to right. Casey Kotchman, who had not put down a sac bunt in ages, moved the runners over with a perfectly placed sacrifice between League and Kyle Seager. With the bases loaded after a Shelley Duncan walk, Jack Hannahan came through with a single in the hole to left that brought home Santana and Aaron Cunningham, who was running for Hafner. That's all the Tribe would need.

The two runs held up because of the amazing work done by Josh Tomlin, who nearly matched Felix with an eight inning, seven strikeout performance. Tomlin was fantastic all evening, working quickly and finishing strong with a by blowing one by the final batter he faced. Both pitchers deserved the win, but the Tribe's 9th inning rally set the stage for Chris Perez to come on, save it, and reward Tomlin's work. And unlike Tuesday's eventful finish, Perez slammed the door with a quick inning. It was a great finish, putting the Tribe at 5-1 on this road trip that now moves to Oakland on Friday night.

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Indians Vs. Mariners: Josh Tomlin Faces Seattle Ace Felix Hernandez

The Cleveland Indians hope to rebound from Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners in the series finale Thursday at SafeCo Field at 10:10 p.m. ET.

The teams split the first two games of the series, with the Indians prevailing, 9-8, in the opening game, and the Mariners pulling out the win on Wednesday night. Prior to Wednesday's loss, the Indians had won four consecutive games to open their nine-game road trip. In those four games, Cleveland scored 41 runs.

Josh Tomlin (0-1, 8.31 ERA) is on the mound for Cleveland, while Felix Hernandez (1-1, 3.80 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season. Hernandez's first three starts came against the Oakland Athletics.

After Thursday night's game, the Indians will travel to Oakland for a three-game set with the Athletics to complete their nine-game road swing.

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Indians Vs. Mariners Score Update: Derek Lowe Exits In 5th With Cleveland Behind 4-1

The Cleveland Indians can't seem to get rolling offensively on Wednesday night, and trail 4-1 after five innings to the Seattle Mariners and lights-out pitcher Jason Vargas at Safeco Field.

Vargas, a 10-game winner a year ago, has been outstanding thus far, and has fanned six batters and yielded only three total hits through five innings. Vargas has also done much of his damage against the best the Indians have to offer, and has already struck out each of Cleveland's No. 3-7 hitters at least one time. With just 68 pitches thrown, Vargas is in a prime position to protect his lead and pitch well into the late innings if the Indians are unable to mount a rally.

At the other end of the spectrum, Cleveland pitcher Derek Lowe was completely wild in his time on the mound, issuing six walks and four earned runs in 4.1 innings before being pulled. Lowe threw 113 pitches, 63 for strikes, and was not able to strike out a single batter.

Cleveland's lone run of the evening was scored by No. 9 hitter Aaron Cunningham on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jason Kipnis, as the two have combined for 66% of their team's hits. The RBI represented Kipnis' eighth in just 10 games this season, as the 25-year-old youngster continues to assert himself as one of the game's brightest prospects at the second base position.

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Jeanmar Gomez Suspended 5 Games By MLB For Beaning Against Royals

Major League Baseball suspended Indians starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez for five games for hitting Kansas City Royals' third baseman Mike Moustakas on Saturday. Gomez threw at Moustakas in the bottom of the third inning. He was the Royals first batter after the Tribe's Shin-Soo Choo was hit on the knee by Jonathan Sanchez, inciting a bench-clearing confrontation. Gomez immediately responded the next half inning, plunking Moustakas on the hip and leading to another bench clearing. The Tribe starter was tossed, after later replays revealed both benches had already been issued warnings from the Choo dust-up.. The Indians announced that Gomez will appeal the suspension, and make a scheduled start on Saturday in Oakland. Via @Indians:

Tribe third baseman Jack Hannahan was at the center of both bench-clearing scuffles, getting in the face of Sanchez after the Choo beaning and charging and barking at the Royals after Gomez drilled Moustakas. Hannahan was fined $500 by the league for his involvement -- a penalty that he will not appeal.

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Indians Vs. Mariners: Cleveland Goes For Second Win In Series

The Cleveland Indians had a thriller in their first game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, winning a close 9-8 game after being as many as seven runs down at one point. They'll be sending out their best arm so far this year in order to try and get their second straight win and boost their record two games over .500 for the first time this season.

Derek Lowe will be on the mound facing the team that he debuted with. Lowe has pitched very well in his first two games, earning a 1.98 ERA in two wins. The 39 year old will face 29 year old Jason Vargas for Seattle. Vargas is currently 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA.

The Indians will look take a lead and hold it rather than need to come from behind by seven runs again on Wednesday, hopefully using better pitching to do so. In Tuesday's game both pitchers had forgettable evenings with both being pulled by the time the fifth inning came around.

The game will be at SafeCo Field at 10:10 p.m. ET.

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Indians Vs. Mariners Recap: Tribe Holds On For Dramatic 9-8 Comeback Win

What a wild evening in the Pacific Northwest -- when it was all over around 1:35 a.m. ET, the Indians held on for their fourth straight win, a 9-8 comeback victory that the club could look back on at the end of April as a boost to a successful month of baseball.

Ace Justin Masterson simply did not have it, and after two impressive innings to start the game, he lost it in a blow-up fourth inning. Masterson had his sinker working in the first two innings and it looked like he would cruise through the evening, but that abruptly ended when he gave up a two-run shot to John Jaso. Then, in the fourth, he got wild and the Mariners strung together a six-run inning to blow it open and take an 8-1 lead. There was no single shot that did the damage, as early wildness and Mariner production led to the interminable inning. His ERA in this young season jumped four points when it was all said and done.

But the Indians did not get down, unbelievably coming back in the next half inning and reeling off seven runs of their own to tie it up at 8-8. And it was the bats in the middle of the order, Tribe studs Carlos Santana and Shin-Soo Choo who were the linchpins for the big inning. Choo ripped a single up the middle that brought home Jason Donald and Michael Brantley, cutting the lead to just four. Santana followed that with a three-run bomb off Kevin Millwood to bring home Choo and Jason Kipnis, cutting the lead to just one only minutes after it seemed like the game was out of reach. The bottom of the order didn't give in there, either, as Jason Donald brought home Shelley Duncan on a sac fly to tie it all up.

Donald would later provide the game-winning single in the top of the 7th, singling home to Travis Hafner for the 9-8 lead. The Indians bullpen was magnificent all evening, picking up Masterson in and putting together five-plus scoreless innings. Nick Hagadone looked good in his 2012 debut, striking out two and getting out of jam created by poor fielding. But the anchor of the pen, closer Chris Perez, danced around some trouble in the bottom of the 9th -- to say the least. The Mariner threat was due in part to wildness and in part to bad luck.

With one out, Kyle Seager ripped a single to put the tying run on. The Tribe then caught a bad break when the ball off the bat of Jesus Montero took a wicked hop bouncing up the middle, catching Donald squarely in the chin and turning a likely double play into first and second with one out. After fighting all the way back and the bullpen holding, it would have been a brutal blown save. But Perez dug down, and got out of a bases loaded jam, inducing two fly outs to end the game.

It was an awesome comeback, and heart-stopping 9th that resulted in a big exhale for Tribe fans. Game 2 against Wedge's grinders is set for 10:00 p.m. and the Tribe will throw Derek Lowe, as Seattle counters with Jason Vargas.

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Asdrubal Cabrera Status: Cleveland Indians SS Placed On Bereavement List, P Nick Hagadone Recalled From AAA

The Cleveland Indians have placed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera on a Bereavement List due to a death in his family, according to the offical Twitter of the Cleveland Indians.

In eight games, Cabrera was hitting .282 with two home runs and three RBI. Jason Donald will likely take Cabrera's spot at shortstop. Donald has a career batting average of .272 in 438 at-bats.

Nick Hagadone pitched in nine games for the Indians last season in his major league debut. He went 1-0, pitched 11 innings and allowed five earned runs. In 109 games in the minor leagues, Hagadone has established a record of 10-14 with a 2.80 ERA in 241.1 innings pitched.

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Indians Vs. Mariners: Justin Masterson Tries For First Win Of 2012

With a victory on Tuesday, Cleveland will have a winning record for the first time this season.

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