CLEVELAND (AP) – Kevin Millwood won for the first time in five July starts and Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 6-3 Sunday.

Martinez had three hits. His 11th homer, off reliever J.J. Putz in the seventh inning, gave Millwood more runs with one swing than the Indians have averaged in the right-hander’s 18 starts.

Millwood (4-9) snapped his four-game losing streak. The Indians had been shut out three times and scored a total of two runs in those games.

The right-hander, averaging only 2.7 runs a game of support, gave up two runs – one earned – and three hits over 7 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Cleveland improved to only 5-12 since July 5.

Mariners starter Aaron Sele (6-11) dropped his sixth straight start and remained winless since mid-June as Seattle lost for the fifth time in six games.

Jhonny Peralta singled home a run to put Cleveland ahead 1-0 in the first inning – the first time Millwood had a lead in 26 1-3 innings.

The right-hander promptly gave it back, as Richie Sexson hit a 3-2 pitch for his 23rd homer leading off the second. That made Sexson 6-for-14 (.429) with three homers and nine RBIs in his career against Millwood, who retired the first baseman the next two times up – once on a foul popup and then on a drive that Coco Crisp caught at the base of the left-field wall.

Seattle scored an unearned run in the third to go ahead 2-1. Randy Winn hit a leadoff double, advanced on a groundout and scored when Adrian Beltre’s two-out line drive glanced off center fielder Grady Sizemore’s glove for an error.

Martinez singled to start the sixth, took third on a double by Ben Broussard and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ronnie Belliard to tie it at 2. Casey Blake delivered another sac fly off Julio Mateo to score Broussard with the go-ahead run.

Sele gave up three runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings, falling to 0-6 since a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on June 15. The right-hander is 5-10 in his career against Cleveland and has not defeated the Indians since Sept. 7, 1999.

Beltre snapped an 0-for-14 slump with a homer in the ninth off Bob Wickman.

Notes: Rain delayed the start 68 minutes. … Indians DH Travis Hafner missed his eighth straight game with a concussion. … The Mariners are 8-23 in games in which they have allowed a first-inning run. … Seattle fell to 11-6 in games on Sunday, the only day of the week in which the Mariners have a winning record. … RHP Shigetoshi Hasegawa made his 500th pitching appearance for Seattle in the eighth. … Cleveland finished an 11-game homestand 4-7. … Martinez has hit .331 (39-for-118) with five homers and 21 RBIs in his last 35 games.

AP-ES-07-24-05 1707EDT


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