Miller’s absence felt by Indians as Mariners win 5-4

The first day without Andrew Miller didn’t work out too well for the Cleveland Indians.

Kyle Seager’s RBI double in the eighth off Nick Goody lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win on Thursday night.

Seager is batting .378 (34 for 90) with five homers and 13 RBI in 23 games at Progressive Field.

“It hurt my feelings a little bit because it didn’t get out,” he joked of his winning hit. “That was the best I’ve hit a ball in a while and it stayed in the park.”

Dan Altavilla (2-2) got the last two outs in the seventh, and Juan Nicasio pitched a perfect eighth. Edwin Diaz, the Mariners’ fifth reliever, walked Francisco Lindor with one out in the ninth, then retired Jason Kipnis on a flyout and struck out Jose Ramirez. Diaz leads the major leagues with 11 saves and has not blown any chances.

“We’ve been winning a lot of close games and Eddie’s stuff was right there, like it has been the last three games,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said.

“That was fun,” Martinez said after his team dodged a three-game sweep. “The boys came out to play. They’ve been swinging the bats well. Today we just got hits, the timely hits. It was good day for all of them.”

The Nationals had totaled just eight runs during their skid. Andrew Stevenson had two doubles, two singles and four RBI as Washington set season highs for runs and hits (18).

Turner came into the game batting .232, and the leadoff man’s slow start had contributed to the Nationals’ struggles. He raised his batting average 35 points, tying a career high for hits in a game. He also scored twice, drove in two runs and stole his 10th base this season.

“We know that this is what the offense is capable of doing,” Adams said. “If we go out there and have quality ABs like we have been, things are going to start falling and they did today.”

Adams matched his career best for RBI. He singled as part of a three-run first, put the Nationals up 6-1 with a three-run homer off Jeff Samardzija (1-1) in the fourth and added a two-run single in the eighth.jets_016

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