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Mariners Drop Series Opener To Indians, 6-3

Seattle, WA (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 Gutierrez followed 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 and Asdrubal Cabrera loaded the bases for Choo, who doubled to right to tie the game. Travis Hafner's single to right moved the Indians ahead.

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.

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

Game Notes

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 the White Sox...Cabrera had three hits.