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A little offense at last, Mariners beat Indians, 5-2

CLEVELAND -- The Mariners not only reached that magic threshold of three runs Tuesday night, but they were feeling a little frisky and went a few runs past it.

The result?

Well, a win of course.

Seattle scored four runs in the fourth inning -- an overall total they reached just once in their last six games -- and tacked on another as insurance to pick up a much-needed 5-2 to win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

The Mariners are now 50-19 on the season when scoring three runs or more in a game.

Four runs in an inning seemed implausible after watching the Mariners flail away at Safeco Field on the recent homestand. But Seattle has been a better hitting team away from Seattle (.235 batting average, .650 OPS at home vs. .254 batting average, .690 OPS on the road). That trend continued against Indians starter Trevor Bauer.

Kyle Seager beat the left-handed shift by dropping down a bunt for a base hit to start the fourth inning. Bauer then hit Mike Zunino in the shoulder with a pitch. After a pop out from Logan Morrison, Corey Hart came up with a rare extra base hit, doubling down the left field line to score Seager. It was Hart's first extra base hit in six games and 21 plate appearances.

With two outs in the inning, Dustin Ackley continued his torrid hot streak, doubling off the wall in right-center to score Zunino and Hart. Chris Taylor followed with a double off the left field wall to score Ackley.

The four-run inning was the most Seattle had scored in an inning since scoring four runs in the sixth inning of a July 2 win in Houston. Since then, they've scored fewer than four runs in 16 of 20 games.

The Mariners tacked on another run in the fifth inning when Zunino hammered a laser of a line drive that just got over the 20-foot wall in left field for a solo homer. It was his 16th of the season and tied him for the team lead with Seager. He has the third-most homers for major league catchers this season.

The five runs was more than enough for Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma, who worked seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

Iwakuma wasn't dominant, but he was effective. He improved to 9-5 on the season. In his last 14 road starts, he's 9-0 with a 2.17 ERA.

Charlie Furbush and Yoervis Medina combined for a scoreless eighth inning and Fernando Rodney worked a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to notch his 29th save.

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