Santana's two-run homer powers Indians past Mariners 5-4

The Indians are 18-13 this season

James Rapien
May 04, 2019 - 6:52 pm
CLEVELAND, OHIO - APRIL 06: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field on April 06, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Carlos Santana was happy to return to Cleveland this offseason and it's reflected in his play. The veteran hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Indians a 5-4 win over the Mariners. 

It was Santana's fifth home run of the season. He leads the Indians with a .321 batting average. It wasn't the first time he came up clutch this season. He hit a walk-off home run against Toronto on April 5. 

Carlos Carrasco got off to a great start, striking out the side in the first inning. He pitched 7 ⅔ innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. Carrasco gave up a career-high four home runs (all solo). He didn't issue a walk and finished with nine strikeouts. 

The Indians took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on Francisco Lindor's home run. They also had a 3-2 lead in the fourth thanks to a Roberto Perez RBI single. 

The Mariners answered Dylan Moore's home run in the fifth. Tim Beckham broke the tie in the eighth inning with a solo home run of his own. 

Seattle's rally set the stage for Santana's two-out homer that gave the Indians their second win in a row. They improve to 18-13 on the season. 

Closer Brad Hand walked former Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion to start in the ninth inning. He responded with three-straight strikeouts. It was Hand's tenth save of the season. 

Up Next – Cody Anderson will make his first start of the year for the Indians. He'll go up against Erik Swanson, who enters Sunday with a 6.62 ERA and a 0-3 record.