CLEVELAND — David Pauley earned his first career win, helping make Daren Brown's road debut as Seattle's interim manager a success, and the Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 Friday night.
Pauley (1-4) gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings in his 11th start and 19th career appearance. The right-hander worked in nine games for the Boston Red Sox in 2008 and entered his sixth start of the season for Seattle with a career record of 0-7 and 6.40 ERA.
The Mariners beat Fausto Carmona (11-10) to snap a seven-game road losing streak. They started a season-long 12-game trip in which they play three apiece in Cleveland, Baltimore, New York and Boston. Their 16-40 road record is worst in the AL.
Pauley struck out five and did not walk a batter. Sean White worked a perfect seventh and Brandon League allowed a hit in the eighth to set up David Aardsma. Seattle's closer pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances to give Brown a 3-1 record since replacing Don Wakamatsu, who was fired Monday.
Seattle had two runners thrown out trying to score. Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo easily nailed Casey Kotchman running from second on a two-out single by Michael Saunders in the fourth. Jose Lopez opened the sixth with a single and Franklin Gutierrez followed with a double into the left-field corner. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera's relay throw to catcher Chris Gimenez was in plenty of time to get Lopez, who appeared to slow as he rounded third on the hot, humid evening.
Gutierrez went to third on the play and scored when Jason Donald couldn't handle Adam Moore's two-out grounder that was hit sharply, but only a step or two to the second baseman's right. It was ruled an error with no RBI and gave Seattle a 3-2 lead.
Ichiro Suzuki's speed put Seattle ahead 1-0 in the first. He beat out a slap single to shortstop, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on another groundout, by ex-Indian Russell Branyan. It was Seattle's first road run in 22 innings.
Cleveland tied it in the second on consecutive two-out doubles by Donald and Gimenez.
Branyan opened the Mariners' fourth with a double high off the left-field wall. He scored on Kotchman's two-out single, a high bouncer off a leaping Carmona's glove.
Former Mariners outfielder Choo tied it at 2 with a two-out RBI single in the fifth. Michael Brantley singled with one out, stole second, and scored on Choo's line drive to center.
Carmona gave up two earned runs and nine hits over six innings. He left after yielding a leadoff double to Josh Wilson in the seventh. The right-hander has yielded 37 hits over 23 innings in his last four starts, going 2-2.
NOTES: Manager Manny Acta said the Indians will decide whether DH Travis Hafner is ready to go on a rehab assignment after batting practice Saturday. Hafner took full BP on Friday for the first time since being sidelined with an inflamed right shoulder July 29. ... Seattle OF Michael Saunders made his first start since injuring his neck and shoulder running into a wall to make a catch Aug. 5. ... Seattle OF Milton Bradley is still bothered by a sore right knee and yet to begin baseball activities. “He's not feeling real good and that's kind of the way we're leaving it,” Brown said of the ex-Indian, on the DL since July 27. ... Gutierrez is batting .229 (74 for 323) since May 1, but .314 (11 for 35) in his last 10 games.
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