CLEVELAND: If you were wanting to take a brief break from the NFL Draft’s final rounds on Saturday, the Indians didn’t offer much of a reprieve.

Struggling with his control, Carlos Carrasco was knocked around and Zach McAllister was hammered in his inning of work, likely warranting many fans to turn off the TV early (or return to see the Browns’ next selection) in the Indians’ 12-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field.

Carrasco left two pitches down the middle, both of which were belted for home runs, one by Jean Segura and one by Nelson Cruz, as the Mariners (15-11) put together a three-run first. Two innings later, Robinson Cano and Cruz each brought home runs to end Carrasco’s day after the third. It was Carrasco’s shortest regular-season start since he pitched only 1⅔ innings against the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 1 of last year.

Carrasco (4-1) said after the game that he slipped on a step heading out of the dugout before the third inning. Just after that, his back began to stiffen up and his fastball velocity dipped.

“I think it was the third inning when I came out,” Carrasco said. “I missed one of the steps and I fell a little bit, so my back got a little bit stiff right there. So, I felt a little bit different. I couldn’t throw my fastball. I think it was like 88-90. It was kind of stiff a little bit.”

It was a mess of a day for Carrasco, from the location issues in the first and the back issue in the third. Rather than try to leave him out there to ease the burden on the bullpen, the Indians (14-11) chose to be cautious.

“It looked like he just lost his aggressiveness and started trying to pick a little bit and then his back started to tighten up,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “So, rather than make something that wasn’t a good day worse, we got him out of there and tried to piece it together the best we could.”

McAllister entered, and the Mariners continued to pour it on. McAllister was tagged for five runs (four earned) on four hits, extending the Mariners’ lead to 10-1 and raising his season ERA to 10.38. The game was never in doubt.

Yonder Alonso drove in three runs and launched a two-run home run in the fourth inning off Mariners starter Mike Leake (3-2), though it was far too little, far too late.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com.