CLEVELAND: Josh Tomlin’s horror-show of an April continued and Nick Goody had an unsightly inning of work in the Indians’ 10-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field.

Tomlin entered Sunday’s game with a 9.24 ERA and plenty of room to quickly lower it. It came down with Sunday’s outing, but just barely.

Tomlin pitched a scoreless first and nearly escaped the second unscathed, but the floodgates opened with two outs, and the Mariners put up a five-run inning. With a runner on first, Ryon Healy doubled into the left-field corner. As Michael Brantley fielded it and threw it in, Mitch Haniger rounded third. Francisco Lindor’s throw to home made it close, but it came in high and Haniger slid out of catcher Yan Gomes’ reach to make it 1-0. With the inning still alive, the Mariners (16-11) pounced on Tomlin (0-4).

Dee Gordon singled home Healy and advanced to second on the throw home. Jean Segura followed by singling home Gordon. Robinson Cano then drilled a two-run home run, capping the five-run inning.

Tomlin managed to salvage the outing and the bullpen by lasting six innings, though Healy added a solo home run for good measure in the sixth. Tomlin’s ERA dropped from 9.24 to 9.16, and he became the first pitcher in the majors to allow 10 home runs this season.

The starting rotation has been stellar outside of Tomlin, but the Indians might not yet be ready to move away from their veteran No. 5 starter.

“I think if you’re going to ever make a change, you have to have a compelling reason, especially with veteran guys,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “And, we’ve seen him do it. If you run too quick from guys, you don’t get the rewards. Now I understand, at some point, maybe you make changes. But I think if you rush to do that, you can make some mistakes.”

The Indians (14-12) threatened the Mariners’ lead in the seventh. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jose Ramirez lined a ball to left field. At first glance, it appeared to be caught by Mariners left fielder Ben Gamel with a diving, run-saving effort. But confusion ensued. Some fielders walked off, others stayed. Indians runners continued to round the bases. Gamel popped up to throw the ball back in. It was reviewed after the Indians challenged the catch and revealed that Gamel didn’t maintain control of the ball.

It was ruled a two-run double, cutting the Mariners’ lead to 6-4 and putting two runners in scoring position. Michael Brantley then grounded out to end the inning.

The Mariners got those runs back and more in the eighth against Goody. Gamel singled home Haniger, who tripled, and Healy added another home run, this one a two-run shot, to make it 9-4. Haniger added a solo home run off Zach McAllister in the ninth.

In the second inning, Brandon Guyer drove a two-run home run to left field, his second home run in three games after starting the season hitting .125 with zero homers.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RyanLewisABJ.