Carrasco pitches Indians past Mariners, 3-2
CLEVELAND (AP) Carlos Carrasco didn't let a sore ankle get in the way of another win Tuesday night.
Carrasco (2-0) came up limping after covering first base during the third inning but allowed just a run in 6 1/3 innings to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2.
Francisco Lindor had three hits, scored a run in the third, drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth and turned in an outstanding defensive play in the fifth.
Carrasco powered through 103 pitches. He allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five. He was hobbled when Robinson Cano hit into a force play and stepped awkwardly on the base with his right foot taking a throw.
''I tweaked it a little bit but it didn't bother me,'' Carrasco said. ''I tape my ankles before every game. Everything was fine.''
Carrasco took a few warmup pitches after a visit from manager Terry Francona and a trainer before striking out Nelson Cruz with two on to end the inning.
''That was a big moment for me to get him on the strikeout,'' Carrasco said.
Carrasco's only mistake came when Kyle Seager hit a solo homer in the sixth.
''I know it was hard for him to push off, but he continued to pitch and besides the one pitch to Seager, kept them off the scoreboard,'' said Francona, who checked on Carrasco again during the sixth. ''He did a really good job.''
Seattle has scored three runs or fewer nine times in 13 games.
''Carrasco is very good, obviously, but we couldn't get a big hit early,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais. ''He got the outs when he needed them.''
Cody Allen allowed a run in the ninth but recorded his fourth save.
Mike Napoli scored Lindor with a go-ahead double in the third, and the Indians took advantage of starter Wade Miley's wildness to score twice in the fourth.
Miley (0-2) allowed four walks - his first free passes of the season - after Marlon Byrd's one-out single. Walks to Rajai Davis and Lindor forced in runs, and Miley was pulled after 3 2/3 innings.
The Indians turned in two sterling defensive plays. Lindor took a hit away from Norichika Aoki in the fifth when he fielded a grounder deep in the hole and made a strong throw to first.
Napoli made a diving stop of Cano's sixth-inning grounder behind the bag at first and threw to Carrasco for the out.
''You don't see that play too often in the hole anymore,'' Francona said. ''And Nap has been good and continues to be. When you look at him, I'm not sure you realize how good he can move.''
Seager is 28 for 67 (.418) with four homers and 10 RBIs in 17 games at Progressive Field.
Miley allowed three runs and nine hits. He was the seventh left-handed starter the Indians have faced his season. Cleveland is 3-4 in those games.
Cleveland loaded the bases in the second on three one-out singles, but Collin Cowgill bounced into a double play. The Indians hit into double plays in each of the first three innings after hitting into five in their first 10 games.
Mariners: RHPs Ryan Cook and Evan Scribner, both on the disabled list with strained right lat muscles, remain on throwing programs. Servais said Scribner is ''a little farther along'' in the process.
Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (sore left wrist), placed on the 15-day disabled list March 28, could return Wednesday. OF Michael Brantley (right shoulder surgery) will continue his rehab at Double-A Akron on Wednesday.
Mariners: RHP Taijuan Walker has a 2-0 record with a 0.64 ERA in two career outings against Cleveland.
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar makes his first home start of the season. He is 12-6 at Progressive Field.