Jarred Kelenic’s 1st three hits lead Seattle Mariners past Indians

May 14, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Jarred Kelenic (10) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the third inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Jarred Kelenic homered for his first major league hit, doubled twice and drove in three runs as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Cleveland Indians 7-3 Friday night.

Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger also went deep for Seattle, which snapped a five-game skid.

Josh Naylor hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Indians, who had a four-game winning streak come to an end. Cleveland had won nine of its previous 10 games.

Seattle’s Chris Flexen (4-1) went 5 2/3 innings for the victory, allowing one run on five hits. He walked one and didn’t strike out a batter. Fellow right-hander Rafael Montero got the final out for his fifth save of the season.

Indians right-hander Aaron Civale (5-1) gave up five runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six.

Kelenic, the 21-year-old left fielder ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, went 0-for-4 in his debut Thursday.

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He struck out in his first at-bat Friday before coming up in the third inning with Sam Haggerty on base following a leadoff single. Kelenic hit a 1-0 splitter from Civale into the stands in right-center field to make it 3-0.

Kelenic added a double into the right-center-field gap in the fifth and a run-scoring double down the left field line in the seventh.

The Mariners got off to a quick start as Seager hit a two-out solo homer to right-center field in the bottom of the first. It was Seager’s 83rd career homer at T-Mobile Park, tying him with Raul Ibanez and Nelson Cruz for the most in the stadium’s 22-year history.

Trailing 3-0, the Indians got on the board in the fifth. Naylor led off with a line-drive single to right, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Jordan Luplow’s single to center.

The Mariners added four runs in the seventh, capped by Haniger’s two-run shot to center field, his team-leading 11th of the season, to make it 7-1.

Naylor’s two-run homer in the ninth came off right-hander JT Chargois.

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