CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Indians’ bullpen needed a rest Sunday after pitching 9 1/3 innings Saturday. Shane Bieber didn’t give them 24 hours of uninterrupted sleep, but he at least let them hit the snooze button a couple of times.
Bieber, who was not at his sharpest, reached the sixth inning, but not before allowing season highs in runs and hits in a 6-2 loss to the Mariners at Progressive Field.
The Indians were poised to sweep the three-game series after Aaron Civale pitched eight scoreless innings in Friday’s 7-0 win, and the pen and offense turned a 4-0 deficit into a 5-4 win in 10 innings Saturday. For Sunday’s finisher, they had last year’s Cy Young Award winner on the mound working on a three-start winning streak.
What more could a team trying to get hot want?
When Mitch Haniger, Seattle’s leader in hits, homer runs and RBI, left the game in the first inning after fouling a pitch off his left knee, it seemed to open the door even wider for a sweep. But the Mariners, who won the season series, 4-3, have been hard on Bieber and the Indians.
They took a 2-0 lead in the second on some nice two-outing by Jose Godoy and J.P. Crawford. Godoy, with runners on the corners, beat the shift and singled into left field for a 1-0 lead. Former Indians first baseman Jake Bauers, who started the inning with a…