SEATTLE—Ichiro Suzuki had three hits, scored twice and made a game-saving catch to help the Seattle Mariners beat Cleveland Indians for the third straight game, 5-3 Sunday.
Suzuki went 3 for 4 with a walk, raising his average to .363. He opened the day second to Minnesota's Joe Mauer (.367) in the AL batting race.
With one runner on and two outs in the ninth, Victor Martinez's bid for a game-tying, two-run homer was caught by a leaping Suzuki at the right-field wall. Replays were inconclusive as to whether it would have been a homer or extra-base hit, but it did give David Aardsma his 22nd save in 24 chances.
Shawn Kelley (2-1) struck out two over one scoreless inning for the win - Seattle's sixth in eight games.
The Indians, which won the opener of the four-game series and have lost 21 of 28, struck out 12 times to put their season total at 709. They became the third team, following Texas and Tampa Bay to fan 700 times this season.
The Mariners broke a 3-all tie on pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan's sacrifice fly off Rafael Betancourt (1-2) in the eighth inning. Suzuki singled to open the ninth and later scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Franklin Guttierez off Kerry Wood to make it 5-3.
Seattle took a quick 3-0 lead off Cleveland starter Aaron Laffey.
Russell Branyan followed Suzuki's game-opening single with his 23rd homer, a 426-foot shot to right-center. With one out, Chris Shelton doubled past third baseman Jhonny Peralta and scored on a sharp single by Gutierrez to make it 3-0.
Mariners manager Dan Wakamatsu had intended to give Branyan a day off. The first baseman, battling some tightness in his back, told Wakamatsu he wanted to play, so Ken Griffey, Jr., got the day off instead to rest an aching knee.
Ben Francisco snapped an 0 for 12 streak with a two-run homer off Seattle starter Erik Bedard in the second that got Cleveland within 3-2.
The Indians tied it in the fifth with an unearned run. Grady Sizemore scored from second when second baseman Jose Lopez simply missed Martinez's easy two-out grounder right at him for an error.
Bedard was seeking his first win in six weeks in his third start since coming off the disabled list July 7. The left-hander has not won since beating Minnesota 4-2 on June 7 when he left after five innings with an inflamed left shoulder.
Bedard gave up two earned runs and four hits over 4 2-3 innings, striking out six and walking three.
Laffey gave up three runs and nine hits over six innings in his second start since six weeks on the disabled list with a strained right oblique.
NOTES: Indians RHP Jake Westbrook threw a simulated game and said he felt "great". Westbrook, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2008, had experienced soreness during a minor league rehab assignment in June. ... Seattle C Kenji Johjima sat the final three games of the series after collecting three hits on Thursday. "Getting hits isn't the most important thing," manager Dan Wakamatsu said. "Winning games is. We're predicated right now on pitching and defense." Johjima let two wild pitches and a couple of other balls get past him without men on base Thursday. ... Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo is in a 3-for-32 (.094) slump. ... Gutierrez had five hits including two homers in the series against his former team.