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Mitch Talbot Is Strong, Timely Hitting Lifts Tribe Past Mariners 4-2

The Indians bounced back nicely last night in Seattle from being shut out the night before and won their 55th game of the season with a 4-2 win over the Mariners.

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Shin-Soo Choo and Michael Brantley each had two hits and an RBI while Travis Hafner and Asdrubal Cabrera also had RBI singles to back Mitch Talbot, who won for the first time since June by pitching into the seventh without allowing an earned run.

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Russell Branyan homered in the eighth and the Mariners threatened to tie or take the lead in the same inning, but Tony Sipp and Chris Perez slammed the door on the rally and Chris Perez finished for his eighteenth save -- and his fourth save of over an inning -- as the Tribe took a two-games-to-one lead in this series, which concludes this afternoon with Jeanmar Gomez (3-2, 3.08 ERA) trying for win number four against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (10-10, 2.38 ERA).

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.