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Stephen Canned
August 13, 2001
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August 13, 2001

In The Box

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Aug. 5

After five innings Seattle led 14-2 and, with baseball's best bullpen waiting to protect the lead should starter Aaron Sele falter, both managers can be forgiven for emptying their benches. A combined seven starting position players were gone by the end of the seventh.

By then the Indians were on their way to tying the major league record for the largest comeback win ever. With three runs in the seventh and four in the eighth they cut the Mariners' lead to 14-9, and then loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth. Catcher Einar Diaz singled on a full-count delivery from lefty Norm Charlton, driving in two. Another single loaded the bases for shortstop Omar Vizquel, who had just been told by manager Charlie Manuel that he could "triple into the rightfield corner" if he stayed patient. "I said, 'Yeah, sure, Charlie,' " said Vizquel.

But he did just that, on another 3-and-2 pitch. The triple cleared the bases, tied the score and set the stage for a game-winning, 11th-inning single by Jolbert Cabrera—who had replaced Roberto Alomar at second back in the sixth.