CLEVELAND: A walkup of 6,700 was only part of the story of Friday night’s flash crowd that numbered 34,282. Over the course of the entire day, the Tribe sold more than 12,000 tickets to the series opener against the Seattle Mariners that featured two promotions: Dollar Dog Night and postgame fireworks.
TRIVIAL PURSUIT — The 2012 and 2013 editions of the Tribe posted identical 23-17 records after 40 games. Last year’s club scored two fewer runs than the opposition (176-178), whereas this season’s team outscored the opposition 197-169. Earned-run averages are almost identical, 4.01 in 2012 and 3.92 this year.
OTHER STUFF — The Indians are seven games over .500 for the first time this season. … They are 13-8 at home but 11-2 in their past 13 games at Progressive Field. They also are 11-3 in one-run games. … Chris Perez allowed two home runs in an inning for the third time in his career.
FARM FACTS — Ezequiel Carrera tripled, singled and drove in two runs, as Columbus defeated Syracuse 6-3 in Class AAA. Juan Diaz doubled and had two RBI. Brett Brach (1-0, 2.19 ERA) gave up two runs and six hits in 7⅓ innings. … Shawn Morimando gave up two earned runs (three total) and six hits in six innings in Carolina’s 7-6 loss to Lynchburg in Class A. Charlie Valerio doubled twice and had two RBI. Tyler Naquin doubled, singled and drove in one run. … Jeremy Lucas had two hits and three RBI and Dorsys Paulino doubled and singled, but Lake County lost 4-3 to Fort Wayne in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker