Mariners give Hernandez support, stop Tigers' streak at 4Apr 27, 2011 - 3:24 AM
Justin Smoak had a two-run homer in his return from a week on the bereavement list for the Mariners, who halted a two-game losing streak. Miguel Olivo hit his first home run of the season in the win.
Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez (3-2) looked good in a six- inning outing where he have up three runs -- two earned-- on four hits and struck out four to get the win for Seattle.
"I didn't have a good feel on my breaking ball today," Hernandez said. "I was throwing a good sinker, though. I did throw good pitches and gave up just three runs. That's a good start."
Brandon Inge drove in two runs for the Tigers, who came into the game with a four-game win streak. Phil Coke (1-4) was roughed up for seven runs on eight hits in just 4 1/3 innings to get the loss for the home team.
It was a back-and-forth game throughout the first four innings, but the Mariners took control with a four-run fifth.
There were runners on second and third to set up Ichiro Suzuki's RBI single, then Figgins hit a two-run triple to deep center field to keep the one- out rally going. Coke hit the next batter, Milton Bradley, with a diving curveball into his foot to end the pitcher's outing.
"I didn't do my job at all," Coke said. "It really irritates me. I didn't perform as I'm expected to. It's not the pressure or anything, I'm just disappointed in myself."
Brayan Villarreal was brought in and gave up a run following an error on a pickoff attempt to send Figgins scurrying home for a 6-3 game. Bradley then scored on a fielder's choice to cap the frame.
The score stayed that way for the rest of the game as David Pauley and Brandon League combined for three shutout innings of one-hit ball.
Detroit looked like it was going to get a big first inning with the bases loaded and just one out. But Hernandez only surrendered one run when Brennan Boesch's fielder's choice plated Will Rhymes for a 1-0 lead.
Seattle got the run right back thanks to Olivo's rope shot to left field where Ryan Raburn went to the warning track and tried to make a leaping catch. However, the ball bounced off his glove over the fence for a solo home run and a 1-1 game.
Seattle took the lead in the fourth on Smoak's two-run homer into the left field seats.
However, Detroit came storming right back during the home half. Boesch doubled to start it, and after a Raburn strikeout, Jhonny Peralta drew a walk to put two men on. Two batters later, Inge hit a sharp liner down the line in left to bring both Boesch and Peralta home to knot the game again, 3-3.
Detroit won two of three games in Seattle earlier this season...Villarreal worked 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing just one hit and struck out four...Seattle went 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
- SEATTLE: 7
Apr 26 9:49 PM
- Brayan Villarreal throwing error scores Chone Figgins with one out. On the play Milton Bradley advances to second. Runner on second with Miguel Olivio at the plate.
Mariners 7, Tigers 3 Top 5, 1 OutApr 26 8:41 PM
- Chone Figgins tripled to center scored Jack Wilson and Ichiro Suzuki. Runner on third with one out and Milton Bradley due up.
Mariners 6, Tigers 3 Top 5, 1 OutApr 26 8:34 PM
- Ichiro Suzuki singled to center scored Brendan Ryan. Runners on first and third with one out and Chone Figgins due up.
Mariners 4, Tigers 3 Top 5, 1 OutApr 26 8:32 PM
- Ichiro Suzuki singled to center scored Brendan Ryan and Jack Wilson. Runner on first with one out and Chone Figgins due up.
Mariners 5, Tigers 3 Top 5, 1 OutApr 26 8:30 PM
- Brandon Inge doubled to left scored Brennan Boesch and Jhonny Peralta. Runner on second with two outs and Austin Jackson due up.
Mariners 3, Tigers 3 Bot 4, 2 OutsApr 26 8:19 PM
- Justin Smoak two-out, two-run Home Run (3) to left scored Miguel Olivo. Jack Cust due up.
Mariners 3, Tigers 1 Top 4, 2 OutsApr 26 8:02 PM
- Miguel Olivo lead-off Home Run (1) to left. Justin Smoak due up.
Mariners 1, Tigers 1 Top 2, 0 OutsApr 26 7:29 PM
- Brennan Boesch grounded into a fielder's choice, first to short scored Will Rhymes. Runners on first and third with two outs and Ryan Raburn due up.
Mariners 0, Tigers 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsApr 26 7:25 PM
- SEATTLE: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Apr 26 7:07 PM
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