SEATTLE (AP) — Even the postgame pie to the face is improving.
Eric Thames earned his second celebratory shot to the face in the last eight days after his tiebreaking, two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning helped the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Wednesday for their eighth straight win.
For his on-field television interview immediately after the game, Thames was hit again by John Jaso. Wednesday was a whipped-cream pie. Aug. 14, the pie was made of shaving cream — celebrating Thames' two-out single in the ninth to beat Tampa Bay.
Thames had struck out three consecutive times in each game before delivering the game-winning hit, but was able to keep his focus.
"You get lost in the moment," Thames said.
The moments are adding up. Kyle Seager started Wednesday's game with a diving play at third base for an out. Dustin Ackley sprinted back to make a diving over-the shoulder catch in the seventh. Five relievers combined to allow two hits.
It all led to Seattle completing a three-game sweep and being on its longest winning streak since taking eight in a row from June 23 to July 1, 2007. The Mariners have won 15 of their last 16 home games.
"It only takes one swing, one play to be a hero," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "Everybody is doing their part, it's not just the same guy or same group of guys; we've got everybody contributing."
Cleveland has lost eight in a row, which follows an 11-game skid from July 27 to Aug. 7. The Indians have lost 21 of their last 25 and are 10-29 since the All-Star break. Cleveland has lost 21 of 25 for the first time since Aug. 28 to Sept. 24, 2009, according to STATS LLC.
"It's never been done in the history of the game where 25 guys are released," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "They should relax. If one guy is going to go, it's going to be me, not them."
With the score tied 1-1, Seager hit a drive to right-center off Vinnie Pestano (3-1) with one out in the eighth and stretched the hit into a double.
"The ball got there a little bit before and he put the tag down," Seager said. "(I) felt like if I tried to alter the slide and get my left hand around there, that would be my best chance."
Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera argued the call by second base umpire Ed Hickox, and Acta came out to dispute it. Acta was then ejected for the second time this season.