A long way from first place, all that's leftfor the Seattle Mariners this season is picking up individualfirsts.
They enjoyed a couple Friday night.
David Pauley earned his first career win, helping make DarenBrown's road debut as Seattle's interim manager a success, and theMariners beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2.
"An outstanding job by Pauley and his first win, which issomething I can relate to this week," said Brown, 3-1 sincereplacing the fired Dan Wakamatsu on Monday.
Pauley (1-4) gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings inhis 11th start and 19th career appearance. The right-hander workedin nine games for the Boston Red Sox in 2008 and entered his sixthstart of the season for Seattle with a career record of 0-7 and6.40 ERA.
"I'm just grateful to get this opportunity," said Pauley, whowas signed as a minor league free agent in December and had only a1-6 record at Triple-A Tacoma before being called up June 27.
The Mariners beat Fausto Carmona (11-10) to snap a seven-gameroad losing streak. They started a season-long 12-game trip inwhich they play three apiece in Cleveland, Baltimore, New York andBoston. Their 16-40 road record is worst in the AL.
Pauley struck out five and did not walk a batter. Sean Whiteworked a perfect seventh and Brandon League allowed a hit in theeighth to set up David Aardsma. Seattle's closer got three quickouts in the ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances.
"I wasn't worried because those guys have been doing a reallygood job," Pauley said. "It was a good feeling to see the lastout. I think somebody got the ball for me. Now, I have to go callmy wife."
Seattle had two runners thrown out trying to score. Rightfielder Shin-Soo Choo easily nailed Casey Kotchman running fromsecond on a two-out single by Michael Saunders in the fourth. JoseLopez opened the sixth with a single and Franklin Gutierrezfollowed with a double into the left-field corner. ShortstopAsdrubal Cabrera's relay throw to catcher Chris Gimenez was inplenty of time to get Lopez, playing with a tight left hamstring.
"On the first one, Choo bobbled it a bit and we took achance," Brown said. "Choo has a good arm. We know it and heshowed it. On the second one, we were aggressive. When you are,sometimes you run into outs."
Gutierrez went to third on the play and scored when Jason Donaldcouldn't handle Adam Moore's two-out grounder hit sharply, but onlya step or two to the second baseman's right. It was ruled an errorwith no RBI and gave Seattle a 3-2 lead.
"He booted it," Indians manager Manny Acta said tersely. "Weshould have made a couple of plays we didn't make. That cost us thegame. When you're not scoring runs, you have very little margin forerror."
Donald offered no excuse.
"I took a bad angle to it," he said. "I was probably overlyaggressive. I should have laid back. It was a costly mistake."
Ichiro Suzuki's speed put Seattle ahead 1-0 in the first.Suzuki, who went 2 for 5 for his major league-best 47th multihitgame, beat out a slap single to shortstop. He then stole second,moved to third on a groundout and scored on another groundout, byex-Indian Russell Branyan. It was Seattle's first road run in 22innings.
Cleveland tied it in the second on consecutive two-out doublesby Donald and Gimenez.
Branyan opened the Mariners' fourth with a double high off theleft-field wall. He scored on Kotchman's two-out single, a highbouncer off a leaping Carmona's glove.
Former Mariners outfielder Choo tied it at 2 with a two-out RBIsingle in the fifth. Michael Brantley singled with one out, stolesecond, and scored on Choo's line drive to center.
Carmona gave up two earned runs and nine hits over six innings.He left after yielding a leadoff double to Josh Wilson in theseventh. The right-hander has yielded 37 hits over 23 innings inhis last four starts, going 2-2.
NOTES: Acta said the Indians will decide whether DH TravisHafner is ready to go on a rehab assignment after batting practiceSaturday. Hafner took full BP on Friday for the first time sincebeing sidelined with an inflamed right shoulder July 29. ...Seattle OF Michael Saunders made his first start since injuring hisneck and shoulder running into a wall to make a catch Aug. 5. ...Seattle OF Milton Bradley is still bothered by a sore right kneeand yet to begin baseball activities. "He's not feeling real goodand that's kind of the way we're leaving it," Brown said of theex-Indian, on the DL since July 27. ... Gutierrez is batting .229(74 for 323) since May 1, but .314 (11 for 35) in his last 10games.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times