MLB: Seattle 5, Cleveland 3

Aug. 21, 2012 at 1:23 AM

SEATTLE, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Michael Saunders cracked a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning Monday, boosting the Seattle Mariners to a 5-3 win over Cleveland.

The Mariners erased a 3-2 deficit in the sixth on an Eric Thames solo shot off Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez.

After Brendan Ryan drew a lead-off walk against Joe Smith (7-4) in the seventh, Tony Sipp came on in relief and, one later, Saunders blasted a 2-1 pitch over the center-field wall for the decisive blow.

The clout made a winner of Charlie Furbush (5-2) who tossed two shutout innings in relief of starter Kevin Millwood.

Tom Wilhelmsen gained his 18th save despite allowing two hits and a walk in the ninth as Seattle notched its sixth straight win in the opener of a three-game series.

Jason Kipnis socked a solo homer and added a run-scoring single for the Indians.

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