Indians 2, Mariners 0
May. 05, 1996
SEATTLE (AP) _ Dennis Martinez moved into a tie with Whitey Ford for 50th place on the career win list with No. 236, pitching the Cleveland Indians past the Seattle Mariners 2-0 Sunday.
A sellout crowd of 56,883 saw Mariners center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. rob Albert Belle of a two-run homer in the first inning, reaching over the 8 1/2-foot fence to make the catch.
Martinez (5-2) allowed only three singles in 6 2-3 innings. Chris Bosio (3-2) left in the seventh, when the Indians scored on Tony Pena's RBI single.
Eddie Murray hit his first home run of the season, and the 480th of his career, in the eighth. He moved ahead of former teammate Dave Winfield for 11th place on the career RBIs list with 1,834.
The Indians won for the 18th time in 22 games. They sent Seattle to its first shutout since Martinez helped blanked the Mariners 4-0 in Cleveland's clinching Game 6 of last year's AL playoffs at the Kingdome.
Martinez was perfect in his first three innings, and finished with three strikeouts and one walk. Paul Assenmacher, Julian Tavarez and Jose Mesa finished with two-hit relief.
Mesa got his 12th save, retiring Dan Wilson on a grounder with two runners on base to end the game.
After six scoreless innings, Bosio gave up leadoff singles to Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome in the seventh. Reliever Bob Wells gave up Pena's RBI single.
Bosio allowed six hits, all singles. He walked none and struck out four.
Notes: It took Murray 110 at-bats to homer this season. ... When Bosio hit Carlos Baerga on the left foot in the first inning, it was only the third time a Cleveland batter has been hit by pitch this year, lowest in the AL. ... Randy Johnson's sore back will be re-evaluated on Monday. The Seattle ace pitched only two innings at Texas on Wednesday (he had a no-decision in a 5-4 loss) and he will miss his scheduled start Monday against Minnesota. Mariners manager Lou Piniella said the earliest Johnson could return would be next weekend. ... The Mariners recorded their third and fourth sellouts of the year on Saturday and Sunday, only the 13th and 14th regular-season sellouts in franchise history.