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10/10/2001 01:10 AM ET
Colon, Tribe trip up Mariners in Game 1
By Carrie Muskat
Jim Thome (left) is congratulated by Indians teammates after scoring on Marty Cordova's single in the fourth inning.
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    SEATTLE -- Bartolo Colon didn't give the Seattle Mariners much time to enjoy their 116-win season.

    Colon struck out 10 and stifled the Mariners with eight shutout innings Tuesday to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 5-0 victory over Seattle and win the opening game of the American League Division Series.

    "There's a reason why we're here," Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. "The Mariners had a big season, 116 wins. They won 25 more ballgames than us, so why shouldn't somebody think they're a better team?

    Indians 5 11 1
    Mariners 0 6 1
    WP: Colon (1-0)
    LP: Garcia (0-1)
    SV: None

    HR: Burks (1)

    "When you get right down to it, you play the game on the field," Manuel said. "You get a five-game series and you're starting off 0-0."

    Only now it's 1-0, Cleveland.

    Seattle will have a day to think about things. Game 2 of the best-of-five series will be played Thursday as Chuck Finley (8-7, 5.54 ERA) faces Seattle's 38-year-old wonder Jamie Moyer (20-6, 3.43 ERA) in a battle of left-handers.

    "I think we won one game. We have two more to win," Manuel said, keeping things in perspective. "We have to come out Thursday and try to win that game. That's how I talk about playing all year. Every day we play we try to win that game."

    Juan Gonzalez, Travis Fryman and Marty Cordova each hit RBI singles in the fourth inning Tuesday to give Colon (1-0) all he needed. Ellis Burks added a solo homer in the eighth for Cleveland, now 13-9 in Division Series play since 1995.

    "We couldn't have asked for a better game," Cordova said. "This is exactly how we need to play."

    It was sunny -- no small feat in Seattle this time of year -- which meant SAFECO Field's roof was wide open for the sellout crowd of 48,033. American flags dotted the top of the left field seats, buffeted by a gentle breeze. The patriotic theme, which has been emphasized at Major League games since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, continued during the pregame when a large flag was unfurled in center field.

    The pitchers benefited from the sharp, late afternoon shadows cutting across the infield.

    "They were changing periodically through the game," Cordova said. "Obviously, it's much easier to hit when it's cloudy out. That's the way it is, and their hitters had the same thing."

    The Mariners, who went 5-2 against the Indians this year, couldn't muster much against Colon.

    "I've seen him pitch better," Manuel said. "But that's the best he's pitched in quite a while. He threw a lot a lot of fastballs today. When he's on, he'll throw a breaking ball over the plate, but his fastball was his big pitch and he stayed with it."

    This was Seattle's fourth postseason appearance and third as the American League West champs. But the Mariners now have lost four in a row to the Indians in postseason play, and have not scored a run against Cleveland in 22 consecutive playoff innings.

    That 116-46 record looks good on paper.

    "You can't take anything away from the Mariners or Oakland who won 102 or the Yankees winning four out of five World Series," Burks said. "We definitely have a good track record, winning six out of seven [division titles]. We don't have 100 wins, but we have a great team over here. We deserve to be here as well."

    Colon proved that. The Indians right-hander did reach a personal high in losses this year with 12 and was 0-2 against Seattle this season. He just shrugged that off, giving up six hits, no more than one an inning, over eight innings. Bob Wickman pitched the ninth, striking out two.

    "He tried to set the tone for the series," Indians Bullpen Coach Luis Isaacs said of Colon.

    "He just tries to rear back and throw the ball by you," Cordova said of Colon. "I think he did exactly what he wanted to do."

    The Mariners just couldn't find their mojo.

    "We really didn't create too many opportunities to score any runs," Mariners Manager Lou Piniella said.

    Seattle starter Freddy Garcia (0-1), the league ERA leader, would like to have the regular season back. He suffered his first postseason loss in his young career, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks and striking out eight.

    The Indians looked like they knew what they were doing in the fourth as the first six batters all reached safely. Roberto Alomar doubled to lead off and scored on Gonzalez's single off the first pitch from Garcia. The Seattle starter then walked Jim Thome, prompting a visit from Pitching Coach Bryan Price.

    Burks reached on an infield hit which third baseman David Bell knocked down to load the bases, and Fryman singled to score Gonzalez and make it 2-0. Cordova then singled to score Thome.

    Garcia then got both Einar Diaz and Kenny Lofton to strike out swinging, and former Mariner Omar Vizquel, the SAFECO fans' favorite Indian to boo, to fly out to end the inning.

    "The way Colon was pitching, that's all [the runs] we needed today," Manuel said.

    Cleveland added another run in the sixth without hitting the ball out of the infield. Fryman reached on an infield hit and Cordova was safe on a ball that deflected off Garcia. Diaz then bounced an infield hit deep to Bell at third, scoring Fryman and chasing Garcia.

    "Base hits are base hits, but I didn't think they hit Freddy that hard," Piniella said.

    "We've always been an offensive ballclub and our hitters are consistent," Manuel said. "We can bunch up a lot of hits and put together a big inning on you. I think that gives credit to our hitters. I think they make adjustments at the plate. We didn't bang Freddy Garcia around the park but things went our way."

    They'll look like solid line drives in the boxscore.

    With two out in the Seattle sixth, Edgar Martinez singled and stole second, reaching third on Diaz's throwing error. But Colon roared back and struck out John Olerud to end the threat.

    Burks, also in need of a second season after dealing with injuries, homered off Jose Paniagua leading off the eighth, hitting a 1-2 pitch into the left field seats.

    In the battle of the leadoff hitters, Ichiro went 3-for-4 but was caught stealing in a rundown in the third. He nearly had a third hit in the fifth but Lofton raced over from center to shallow left to snare it, nearly colliding with Cordova. Lofton was 0-for-4 with a walk.

    "[Ichiro] started game off with a solid shot to right field. He was on base," Piniella said. "We just didn't do much. Look, Colon is very capable of going out today and pitching a good ballgame and that's exactly what he did."

    "We wanted to contain Ichiro. Today he got three hits and we didn't contain him too good," Manuel said. "He had a big day but they didn't capitalize on his hits. We were fortunate enough that it didn't hurt us."

    One of Piniella's concerns was not having Carlos Guillen starting at short. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, Guillen was introduced with the reserves in the pregame ceremonies but delegated to cheerleader. Mark McLemore, starting at short, did his job, making a diving one-handed catch in shallow center of Juan Gonzalez's fly ball to start the second inning.

    Now he has to deal with trailing the Indians in the short series.

    "There's no sense of urgency. We lost a ballgame," Piniella said. "I don't see any sense of urgency. We'll come out and play as well as we can on Thursday."

    Carrie Muskat is a regional writer for based in Chicago.

    Box score

    CLEVELAND              ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
    Lofton cf               4  0  0  0   1  2   3  .000
    Vizquel ss              5  0  1  0   0  0   6  .200
    R Alomar 2b             5  1  1  0   0  2   1  .200
    J Gonzalez rf           5  1  1  1   0  3   1  .200
    Thome 1b                3  1  0  0   1  2   0  .000
    E Burks dh              4  1  3  1   0  0   0  .750
    Fryman 3b               4  1  2  1   0  1   1  .500
    M Cordova lf            4  0  2  1   0  2   0  .500
     Jolbert Cabrera lf     0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
    E Diaz c                4  0  1  1   0  1   3  .250
    Totals                 38  5 11  5   2 13  15
    BATTING: 2B - E Burks (1, F Garcia); R Alomar (1, F Garcia). HR
    - E Burks (1, 8th inning off Paniagua 0 on, 0 out). RBI - J
    Gonzalez (1), Fryman (1), M Cordova (1), E Diaz (1), E Burks
    (1). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - Fryman 1, Vizquel
    4.  Team LOB - 8.
    FIELDING: E - E Diaz (1, throw). DP: 1 (Thome-Vizquel-Thome). 
    SEATTLE                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
    I Suzuki rf             4  0  3  0   0  0   2  .750
    Mclemore ss             4  0  0  0   0  2   2  .000
    B Boone 2b              4  0  0  0   0  2   2  .000
    E Martinez dh           3  0  1  0   1  0   1  .333
    Olerud 1b               4  0  0  0   0  3   2  .000
    Cameron cf              4  0  0  0   0  3   0  .000
    Javier lf               3  0  1  0   0  0   0  .333
    D Wilson c              3  0  1  0   0  1   1  .333
    Da Bell 3b              2  0  0  0   1  1   0  .000
    Totals                 31  0  6  0   2 12  10
    BATTING: 2B - Javier (1, Colon); I Suzuki (1, Colon). Runners
    left in scoring position, 2 out - D Wilson 1, I Suzuki 1, Olerud
    1, B Boone 1. GIDP - Olerud.  Team LOB - 6.
    BASERUNNING: SB - E Martinez (1, 2nd base off Colon/E Diaz). CS
    - I Suzuki (1, 2nd base by Colon/E Diaz). 
    FIELDING: E - F Garcia (1, throw). 
        Cleveland      - 000 301 010  --  5
        Seattle        - 000 000 000  --  0
    CLEVELAND                    ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
    Colon (W, 1-0)                8       6   0   0   2  10   0   0.00
    Wickman                       1       0   0   0   0   2   0   0.00
    SEATTLE                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
    F Garcia (L, 0-1)             5 1/3   9   4   4   2   8   0   6.75
    Charlton                      1 2/3   0   0   0   0   2   0   0.00
    Paniagua                      1       1   1   1   0   1   1   9.00
    Halama                        1       1   0   0   0   2   0   0.00
    Pitches-strikes: F Garcia 107-70; Charlton 17-10; Paniagua 11-8;
    Halama 18-10; Colon 115-74; Wickman 15-11.  Ground balls-fly
    balls: F Garcia 2-6; Charlton 2-1; Paniagua 0-2; Halama 1-0;
    Colon 9-4; Wickman 0-1.  Batters faced: F Garcia 27; Charlton 5;
    Paniagua 4; Halama 4; Colon 30; Wickman 3. 
    UMPIRES: HP--Steve Rippley. 1B--Ted Barrett. 2B--Kerwin Danley.
    3B--Jerry Layne. LF--Mark Hirschbeck. RF--Ron Kulpa.
    T--3:05.  Att--48,033.   Weather: 55 degrees, partly cloudy.  
    Wind: 6 mph, left to right.