Walker Dominant With 11 Ks, Seattle Beats Cleveland 5-0
SEATTLE (AP) — Taijuan Walker returned to his early season form throwing eight innings and tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts, and Chris Iannetta provided the offense with two home runs in the Seattle Mariners' 5-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night.
Walker (3-6) was dominant, allowing three hits and winning for the first time since April 25. Walker had lost his previous six decisions after beginning the year 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA in the first month of the season. Walker faced only one jam in the fourth inning with runners on second and third and two outs, but struck out Lonnie Chisenhall to end the threat.
Iannetta hit a two-run homer in the third inning, added a solo shot in the fifth off Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (2-1) and had an RBI double in the seventh. It was the second career multi-homer game for Iannetta, the previous coming in 2011 when he was playing for Colorado.