CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners stared down elimination, packed their bags and headed home to play at least one more game.
Safeco Field will never have looked so good, or been so loud.
Nine outs away from their magical season ending in an early postseason exit, the Mariners rallied for a 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday in their AL division series to force a decisive Game 5.
Rookie Ichiro Suzuki provided the key hit in Seattle's three-run, seventh-inning rally, which underscored the Mariners' resolve.
"There was no panic," Seattle second baseman Bret Boone said. "The feeling was we were going to find a way."
Suzuki's RBI single came in the seventh when the Mariners, shut out for the first six innings by losing pitcher Bartolo Colon, displayed their uncanny ability to do the little things right.
"There was a little sigh of relief with each at-bat," Jay Buhner said. "We got a walk. The error. A sac fly. A hit. Each one was bigger and bigger and then we just knew."
The win enabled Seattle, which won 116 games during the regular season, to avoid the same fate as the 1906 Cubs -- the team whose wins record the Mariners matched. Chicago did not win a World Series title that year.
"We battled back from adversity all season," Mariners manager Lou Piniella said. "We weren't going to lose because of the pressure. We were going to lose because the other team outplayed us."
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