The Cleveland Indians haven't lost any ground in the AL Central despite opening the second half with a subpar showing against one of baseball's worst teams. They now face the club with the longest winning streak in the majors.
The Indians try to hand the Mariners their first loss in seven games in Monday night's opener in Seattle.
After a pair of 3-2 losses at Minnesota following the All-Star break, Cleveland (52-46) salvaged the final game of the set with Sunday's 7-1 victory to end a four-game road skid.
Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer - his 15th of the season - to lead the offense, while right-hander Justin Masterson allowed one hit over seven innings to earn his 11th win.
"You've seen the last couple games. We were just a little bit sloppy kind of all the way around," Masterson told baseball's official website. "I think (this) is a nice one - a little kick in the pants."
The Indians remain only 1 1/2 games behind division-leading Detroit, which also dropped two of three in...