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Scherzer, Peralta help Tigers rout Mariners

Jun 12, 2011 - 2:02 AM Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Max Scherzer pitched seven strong innings and the Tigers received a two-run homer from Jhonny Peralta in an 8-1 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Austin Jackson had a pair of triples and drove in a pair for Detroit, which posted its sixth victory in eight games to move into a virtual tie with Cleveland atop the AL Central. It's the first time since July 10 last year that the Tigers have gained at least a tie for first in the division.

"I think the guys are having a good time," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We're playing pretty good baseball and hopefully we'll keep it up."

Scherzer (8-2) allowed four hits and had four strikeouts while keeping his career record perfect against the Mariners in four decisions against them.

Brennan Boesch had three hits and scored twice, while Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI.

Michael Pineda (6-4) was lifted after surrendering eight hits and five earned runs over 5 1/3 innings to suffer his second straight defeat.

Ichiro Suzuki was back in the starting lineup for the Mariners, who were coming off a 3-2 win in the second installment of this series on Friday. A slumping Suzuki didn't play on Friday, snapping his streak of 255 straight games started. He had a pair of hits and scored once on Saturday, but is hitting just .165 (15-for-91) since May 19.

Scherzer didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning, a Mike Carp one-out single to left. By that time, the Tigers had already built a 3-0 lead due in part by RBI hits from Martinez and Jackson. Martinez lined a single to center in the opening inning with Boesch scoring on the play when the throw home caromed off the mound. Miguel Cabrera, who was hit by a pitch on his left arm, then scored when Miguel Olivo's snap throw to third sailed down the left field line.

Jackson's triple to center plated Ramon Santiago in the second inning.

Suzuki tripled leading off the sixth and scored on Brendan Ryan's sacrifice fly, but Peralta homered to left in the bottom half, and Jackson's single scored Alex Avila for a 6-1 cushion.

Martinez had an RBI double in the seventh and Don Kelly singled in Jackson in the eighth.

The Mariners, who went 0-for-3 with men in scoring position, ran themselves out of a rally in the fifth. With Carp on first, Chone Figgins hit a ball that caromed off the glove of second baseman Santiago, but Boesch got the deflected ball and threw to second for the force out. Greg Halman then legged out an infield hit, but Figgins rounded second and was caught in a rundown for the final out.

Game Notes

Pineda is winless in his last four outings...The Tigers have collected at least one extra-base hit in all 64 games this season. The 64-game streak is the longest streak to begin the season by a Tigers team since at least 1919. It marks the longest streak to begin a season by an American League club since Tampa Bay collected an extra-base hit in 77 games to begin the 2007 campaign.

  • SEATTLE: 1
    DETROIT: 8

    Jun 11 9:29 PM

  • Don Kelly single to center scored Austin Jackson with two out. Runner on first and Casper Wells due up.

    Mariners 1, Tigers 8  Bot 8, 2 OutsJun 11 9:22 PM

  • Victor Martinez double to left scored Brennan Boesch with one out. Runner on second and Andy Dirks due up.

    Mariners 1, Tigers 7  Bot 7, 1 OutJun 11 9:07 PM
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    Mariners 1, Tigers 6  Top 7, 1 OutJun 11 8:58 PM

  • Austin Jackson single to right scored Alex Avila with one out. On the play, Ramon Santiago advanced to third. Runners on first and third and Don Kelly due up.

    Mariners 1, Tigers 6  Bot 6, 1 OutJun 11 8:53 PM

  • Jhonny Peralta one-out, two-run Home Run (9) to left scored Victor Martinez. Alex Avila due up.

    Mariners 1, Tigers 5  Bot 6, 1 OutJun 11 8:40 PM

  • Adam Kennedy reached first on a fielder's choice, first to short. On the play, Justin Smoak out at second. Runner on first with two outs and Miguel Olivo due up.

    Mariners 1, Tigers 3  Top 6, 2 OutsJun 11 8:34 PM

  • Austin Jackson triple to center scored Ramon Santiago with two out. Runner on third and Don Kelly due up.

    Mariners 0, Tigers 3  Bot 2, 2 OutsJun 11 7:36 PM

  • Victor Martinez advanced to second and Miguel Cabrera scored on Miguel Olivo's throwing error on the pickoff attempt with two out. Runner on second and Andy Dirks at the plate.

    Mariners 0, Tigers 2  Bot 1, 2 OutsJun 11 7:22 PM

  • SEATTLE: 0
    DETROIT: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Jun 11 7:06 PM
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