Rookies lead Tribe to victory

If you’ve read the boxscore already, you’re not reading it incorrectly. That’s ANOTHER complete-game shutout for Jeremy Sowers. He went the distance for the second consecutive time, allowing only five hits in the Indians’ 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Sowers has now given up only nine hits in his last 18 innings pitched, lowering his ERA to 3.98. Newly acquired Shin-Soo Choo got the green light and smacked a 3-0 pitch over the left-field wall in the sixth off Felix Hernandez to give the Tribe the lead, and the win. The Tribe did leave runners stranded, however. In the fourth and the fifth, two double plays with the bases loaded killed any chance of a rally. But the young stud worked his magic and shut down the Mariners, becoming the second rookie pitcher since Dontrelle Willis in 2003 to throw consecutive shutouts.

“Jeremy threw the ball well today,” manager Eric Wedge said. “He was actually more and more efficient as the game wore on. He had good stuff, mixed it up. He was down when he wanted to, up and out of the zone when he wanted to, and he used his breaking ball. He mixed in his changeup. Obviously, he showed a tremendous amount to us from an intangible standpoint.”

In his first start as an Indian, Andy Marte went 0-for-3 with a strikeout but put up decent at-bats each time. In his first trip to the plate, Marte showed his power when he launched a ball to deep left that just hooked foul.

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