CLEVELAND -- Whew. Take a deep breath, Seattle.
Just when it looked like the Mariners would tie the 1906 Chicago Cubs again, rookie Ichiro Suzuki got another big hit and baseball's best team this season got the biggest of its 118 wins.
Suzuki's RBI single highlighted a three-run rally in the seventh inning as the Mariners forced a decisive Game 5 with a 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in the AL playoffs.
The Mariners, who won 116 games during the regular season, were perilously close to doing the same thing the '06 Cubs -- the team whose wins record they matched -- did 95 years ago. The Cubs didn't win the World Series that year.
But showing the resilience that made them almost unstoppable since April, the Mariners came back in the seventh off Bartolo Colon (1-1), who shut them out for eight innings in Game 1 and blanked them for the first six on Sunday after a 2-hour, 20-minute rain delay.
Suzuki went 3-for-5 and Edgar Martinez hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Mariners, who were blown out 17-2 and played possibly their worst game all season in Game 3 on Saturday.
Freddy Garcia (1-1) pitched 6 1-3 innings for the win.
Jamie Moyer, who beat the Indians in Game 2 and went 2-0 against them in the regular season, will start Game 5 for the Mariners on Monday at Safeco Field against Chuck Finley.
Before Game 4, a relaxed Mariners manager Lou Piniella was confident his team would go home to play another day.
''We have to take that long ride back to Seattle,'' Piniella said. ''So we may as well make Cleveland take the same plane ride.''
For six innings it looked like the Mariners would fly solo, but the Indians are headed to the airport, too.
Juan Gonzalez's second-inning homer looked like it might stand up as Colon handled the Mariners with ease for six innings.
But he walked John Olerud to open the seventh, and Stan Javier threw his bat at an outside pitch and singled to left.
The Indians tried to pick Olerud off second, but Colon's wild throw allowed the Mariners to finally get a runner to third. Mike Cameron walked to load the bases, and pinch-hitter Al Martin grounded into a force at the plate.
David Bell followed with a fly ball down the left-field line that Marty Cordova ran down in foul territory, but it was deep enough to score Javier without a play to tie it at 1.
Indians manager Charlie Manuel had left-hander Ricardo Rincon ready to face Suzuki, who led the majors in hits and batted .445 with runners in scoring position. But he stuck with Colon and Suzuki singled -- his 250th hit in the regular and postseason -- through the hole in right to score Cameron and give Seattle a 2-1 lead.
Mark McLemore followed with another RBI single, chasing Colon, who had set a division series record with 14 consecutive scoreless innings.
The Indians got a run back in the bottom of the inning off Garcia. Gonzalez opened with a wind-blown double over Cameron's head in center and went to third on a groundout.
Jeff Nelson came on and struck out Ellis Burks on a pitch that got past catcher Tom Lampkin, who hustled to get the ball as Gonzalez held third and Burks took first.
Piniella, who didn't get thrown out of a game all year for arguing, came close as he disputed the play with plate umpire Rick Reed.
Seattle Mariners pitcher Freddy Garcia fires to the plate in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians in game 4 of the AL Division Series on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001.
AP Photo/Pool, Mark Duncan
Travis Fryman's grounder off Nelson's glove scored Gonzalez, but forced Burks at second. When Manuel sent up lefty slugger Russell Branyan to hit for Cordova, Piniella countered with hard-throwing lefty Arthur Rhodes.
Manuel sent up right-hander Wil Cordero, who just missed hitting a go-ahead homer by flying to the warning track in left.
Seattle got a huge insurance run in the eighth off rookie Danys Baez. Olerud singled with one out, but was forced at second on Javier's grounder. Javier was running when Cameron hit a double to deep center, giving Seattle a 4-2 lead.
With Suzuki on again in the ninth, Martinez hit a 458-foot homer off Paul Shuey. The ball landed on a pedestrian walkway outside the ballpark.
Gonzalez entered the postseason looking clueless at the plate, ending the regular season in an 0-for-15 slump. But he may have found his stroke, homering in Game 3 and again leading off the second to give Cleveland a 1-0 lead.
Gonzalez lined an 0-1 pitch from Garcia onto the home-run porch in left for just his second homer since Sept. 9.
Notes: Suzuki is batting .563 (9-for-16) in the series. ... Indians SS Omar Vizquel's error in the first was just his second in 271 chances in 56 postseason games. His 46-game errorless streak in the postseason was stopped in the '98 ALCS. ... Piniella reshuffled his lineup to face Colon, batting Edgar Martinez third and Bret Boone cleanup. He had toyed with dropping Suzuki from the leadoff spot to No. 3. ... Fans inside Jacobs Field waited out the rain delay by watching the Browns-Bengals game from Cincinnati on the ballpark's jumbo TV screen. ... Hall of Famer Bob Feller threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Feller, who turns 83 next month, tossed it down the middle to rookie C.C. Sabathia. The Mariners are now 5-3 in elimination games.
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