CLEVELAND: The Indians fought back once but weren’t able to dodge the counterpunch.

After erasing a four-run deficit, the Indians ultimately lost to the Seattle Mariners 5-4 Thursday night at Progressive Field.

Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger, making his fifth start of the season, had been superb in three of his outings. Thursday night’s start fell into the other category.

Clevinger was roughed up in the third inning after getting two outs. Ryon Healy singled and scored on Dee Gordon’s triple. Jean Segura doubled and scored on Robison Cano’s single to put the Mariners ahead 3-0. An inning later, Mike Zunino singled home Kyle Seager, who singled to open the inning and advanced to second on a groundout.

Clevinger allowed four runs on four hits and a walk and struck out five in six innings. His ERA went from 1.75 to 2.56.

“Three or four hitters in a row, balls caught way too much of the plate and he paid for it,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Clevinger. “Other than that, he did pretty good. We ended up getting our ’pen up in the fourth and he ended up pitching effectively a couple more innings.”

The Indians cut the Mariners’ 4-0 lead in half in the sixth and then tied it in the seventh. With Mariners left-handed starter James Paxton still on the mound in the sixth, Yonder Alonso belted a two-run home run, his sixth of the season.

Jason Kipnis brought the Indians back against an old teammate. The Mariners turned to lefty Marc Rzep­czynski to face Kipnis with Francisco Lindor on second base in the seventh.

Like Alonso against Paxton, the left-handed Kipnis won the battle and ripped a double to left field to make it 4-3. Edwin Encarnacion later singled to right-center to make it 4-4.

In the top of the eighth, the Mariners got to Indians reliever Nick Goody for the go-ahead run. Nelson Cruz, Goody’s first hitter, doubled to center field to put the go-ahead run in scoring position.

Seager followed with a double off the top of the wall, again putting the Mariners on top.

The Indians came back once but couldn’t pull it off a second time. Lindor walked against Mariners closer Edwin Diaz in the ninth, but Jose Ramirez struck out to end the game.

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.