Smoak leads Mariners in pounding of DetroitApr 28, 2011 - 4:29 AM
Smoak also had a home run on Tuesday in his first game back from a week on the bereavement list, leading the Mariners to a 7-3 win in the opener. Miguel Olivo had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI in the win.
Erik Bedard (1-4) had a nice showing, allowing just one run on five hits with three strikeouts in seven innings for Seattle.
Miguel Cabrera drove in the lone run for the Tigers, who have dropped two straight to break up a four-game win streak.
Detroit starter Justin Verlander (2-3) got the loss, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on five hits while fanning eight in six frames.
Seattle had a big first inning thanks to Smoak's three-run bomb that went deep over the left-center fence.
"Looking back at it, it was just one mistake to Smoak," Verlander said. "That was really the game right there."
The Tigers got a run back during the home half of the first on Cabrera's RBI double that one-bounced off the left-field wall, but the team could not conjure much offense after that.
Verlander found himself in trouble by putting runners on second and third with one out in the fifth. Olivo then lifted a sacrifice fly to right field, plating Suzuki for a 4-1 game. Detroit's ace was able to pitch himself out of the inning with strikeout to Jack Cust.
"We had some guys step up," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Smoak had a heck of a night tonight. I think we made (Verlander) work."
Bedard got into a bit of trouble in the fifth with back-to-back singles from Brandon Inge and Alex Avila with one out, but Bedard got the next two outs to get out of the inning.
The Mariners put the game out of reach with a six-run ninth. Suzuki had an RBI single and scored on a Chone Figgins grounder up the middle. Smoak chipped in two runs with a single that let Figgins and Milton Bradley cross home. The next batter, Cust, then had an RBI double and Smoak touched home to finish out the rally on an Adam Kennedy ground out.
Bedard improved to 2-3 lifetime against the Tigers in five starts...Detroit took two of three from the Mariners last week...Seattle finished 7-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
- SEATTLE: 10
Apr 27 10:09 PM
- Adam Kennedy grounded out third to first scored Justin Smoak. Runner on second with two outs and Brendan Ryan due up.
Mariners 10, Tigers 1 Top 9, 2 OutsApr 27 10:00 PM
- Chone Figgins singled to center scored Ichiro Suzuki. Runner on first with one out and Milton Bradley due up.
Mariners 6, Tigers 1 Top 9, 1 OutApr 27 9:50 PM
- Ichiro Suzuki singled to center scored Michael Saunders, advanced to second on the throw. Runner on second with one out and Chone Figgins due up.
Mariners 5, Tigers 1 Top 9, 1 OutApr 27 9:48 PM
- Miguel Olivo sacrifice fly out to right scored Ichiro Suzuki. Runner on third with two outs and Justin Smoak due up.
Mariners 4, Tigers 1 Top 5, 2 OutsApr 27 8:24 PM
- Miguel Cabrera doubled to left scored Ryan Raburn. Runner on second with two outs and Jhonny Peralta due up.
Mariners 3, Tigers 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsApr 27 7:25 PM
- Justin Smoak two-out, three-run Home Run (4) to left center scored Milton Bradley and Miguel Olivo. Jack Cust due up.
Mariners 3, Tigers 0 Top 1, 2 OutsApr 27 7:17 PM
- SEATTLE: 0
Top 1, 1 Out
Apr 27 7:08 PM
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