Crawford, Raleigh deliver in 11th, Mariners beat Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) — JP Crawford hit in the 11th inning on the go-ahead run, Cal Raleigh added a two-run homer and the Seattle Mariners defeated the collapsing Cleveland Guardians 6-3 on Sunday for their seventh straight win in a game that was delayed by rain at 4 hours, 33 minutes.

With an out, Crawford jumped past Trevor Stephan (4-4) into midfield with a single to meet Eugenio Suárez, who started the 11th as an automatic runner. Raleigh, who homed twice on Friday, followed by a 2-2 pitch to the right for his 22nd homer.

Matthew Boyd (1-0) worked his way out of a base-packed jam in the 10th, and Chris Flexen made his second save of the season in 11th as the Mariners finished a three-game sweep.

Cleveland’s struggling offense tied the score in the eighth with rookie Oscar Gonzalez’s single. Amed Rosario flew right out on the winning run in third to finish in ninth.

Cleveland’s losing streak extended to five games in a result that was a long time coming. The game started at 2:41 p.m., was postponed at 3:35 p.m., finally resumed at 8:08 p.m. and ended at 11:01 p.m

The teams consulted with Major League Baseball during the break. With both clubs competing in the playoffs and not much good travel logistics in the last month of the regular season, the decision was made to wait out the rain.

Seattle’s rookie star Julio Rodríguez hit his 23rd home run of the season in third, a solo starter Cal Quantrill. Ty France had an RBI single in the first. Mitch Haniger made it 3-1 in game four on Crawford’s double-play grounder

Mariners right-hander George Kirby, August’s AL Rookie of the Month, gave up a run and three hits in three innings.

The Mariners, who hold one of the AL’s three wildcard spots, have won 14 of 18.

The Guardians’ defeat put them in a tie with Minnesota for first place in the AL Central. Josh Naylor had an RBI double in the first and Austin Hedges hit a run with an infield hit in the seventh.

Seattle’s Adam Frazier batted with runners in first and second when the umpires called for the tarp up in the fourth. The game started in a steady rain that turned into a downpour while Frazier batted. Seattle was leading 2-1 at the time of the delay.

The ground crew surfaced briefly at around 18:30 to pull the tarpaulin into the right panel and dump the water into the outfield. The infield and hill were worked on before the tarp was placed back on the infield. Seattle manager Scott Servais and Cleveland manager Terry Francona briefly met near the hill before returning to their dugouts.

An announcement was placed on the scoreboard telling fans that more rain is approaching and a decision will be made after those showers have swept through the area. Play continued in front of a small crowd that literally cheered whatever happened as the players took the field.

Both teams wanted to play a nine-inning game. Had they not resumed and play been halted, after completing a series in Kansas City on September 26, the Mariners would have had to return to Cleveland, finish the game against the Guardians, and host Texas the next day.

Mariners: Seattle begins a three-game streak at home against the Chicago White Sox. LHP Marco Gonzales (10-12, 3.99 ERA) defeated Detroit in his last start, allowing three runs in six innings.

Guardians: RHP Triston McKenzie (9-11, 3.18 ERA) will field the opener of a three-game streak in Kansas City on Monday. He has lost his last two starts and was 2-4 in August.

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