Jay Bruce hit a grand slam in the first inning and Erik Swanson pitched six scoreless innings of one-hit ball for his first major-league victory as the Seattle Mariners defeated the host Cleveland Indians 10-0 Sunday afternoon.
Mitch Haniger and Edwin Encarnacion also homered for the Mariners, who snapped a six-game losing streak during which they had been outscored 53-12.
Swanson (1-3), a right-hander acquired in the offseason from the New York Yankees as part of the trade for left-hander James Paxton, allowed only three baserunners through the first five innings, all via walks. The only hit Swanson allowed was a two-out double in the sixth by Jose Ramirez. Swanson struck out three.
3B Ryon Healy was held out of the lineup for the second straight day because of groin tightness, but he took grounders before the game. … The M’s lead the American League with 137 extra-base hits (65 doubles, 4 triples and 68 home runs). …
By the numbers
51: Percentage of runs by the Mariners this season that have come via homers (104 of 204). Seven of their 10 runs Sunday came on Bruce’s grand slam, a two-run shot by Encarnacion and a solo homer by Haniger.
Our take from Right Field
Swanson’s first win couldn’t have come at a better time. Although he walked three batters, the first bases on balls he’s allowed in his four starts, he didn’t allow a hit until the M’s were up 10-0. After taking one of three in Cleveland, the 10-game trip doesn’t get any easier, with four games in New York and three in Boston.
The Mariners open a four-game series Monday at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 3:35 p.m. RHP Felix Hernandez (1-2, 4.31) is set to face New York LHP CC Sabathia (1-1, 2.66). King Felix is 7-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 12 career starts against the Yankees.
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