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Indians Head West To Battle Mariners

(Sports Network) - Shin-Soo Choo tied a career-high by driving in five runs, as he stroked a three-run double in the sixth inning and added a two-run homer in the ninth, boosting the Indians to a 6-3 win over Seattle to open a four-game series.

Josh Tomlin (3-3) allowed seven hits and three runs over six innings for the Indians, who posted their sixth straight win at Safeco Field. The Indians also snapped a four-game overall skid.

Russell Branyan belted a two-run homer for the Mariners, who lost for the ninth time in 12 contests.

Doug Fister (4-11) yielded seven hits and four runs over 5 1/3 innings in defeat.

Ichiro Suzuki doubled and Chone Figgins singled with one out in the bottom of the third. Franklin Gutierrezfollowed with a sacrifice fly, and Branyan then homered to right field for a 3-0 Mariners lead.

Fister had problems in the sixth as Luis Valbuena led off with a single. One out hits by Michael Brantley andAsdrubal Cabrera loaded the bases for Choo, who doubled to right to tie the game. Travis Hafner's single to right moved the Indians ahead.

"We finally got to Fister, who was very, very tough on us," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He pitched really good early on and then we got to him, putting some good at bats together in that (6th) inning. I thought we were going to hurt by not scoring any more runs, in that bases loaded, no outs inning, but Choo gave us that cushion that we and Chris (Perez) nailed the game."

Cleveland wasted a bases-loaded chance in the seventh, but tacked on two more in the ninth thanks to Choo's 16th homer of the year. The shot off Jamey Wright scored Cabrera, who had singled.

Perez retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth for his 17th save.

"It was like watching two different ball games," Mariners manager Daren Brown said. "First five innings I thought Fister was really good. It looked like we were going to swing the bats well and then it kind of fell apart in the sixth inning. The last part of the ball game was like a totally different game, quite the opposite and turned the other way around."

The Indians are 19-8 at Safeco Field since 2004...Choo also had five RBI April 18 this year in a 7-4 win over theWhite Sox...Cabrera had three hits.

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