Iwakuma outduels Verlander as M's pile onSep 19, 2013 - 4:11 AM Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Hisashi Iwakuma outpitched Justin Verlander and the Seattle Mariners slugged their way past the Detroit Tigers, 8-0, in the third meeting of a four-game series at Comerica Park.
Iwakuma (13-6) scattered four hits and two walks while striking out six over eight scoreless innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.76, good for third in the AL.
"He controlled the game," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of his starter. "Just a great job."
Justin Smoak homered, drove in two runs and scored three times, Franklin Gutierrez hit a solo homer to highlight a three-hit night, and Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Mariners, who had lost eight of nine coming in.
Detroit, despite having its three-game win streak snapped, still holds a healthy 5 1/2-game lead in the AL Central race, with the second-place Indians currently in progress against the Royals.
Verlander (13-12) was touched for three runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings. The former Cy Young Award winner has won just once in his last eight outings.
"I can take a little bit of solace being able to go seven," Verlander said.
Half of the hits allowed by Verlander came in the second inning. Saunders found the left-field gap with a double, and Smoak, who led off the inning with a walk, labored around the bases to score from first.
Saunders scored on Nick Franklin's base hit to left, and Smoak made it 3-0 in the sixth when he sent Verlander's 91 mph fastball the other way and over the left-field wall.
Seattle blew the game open with a four-run eighth. Smoak singled in Gutierrez, Saunders doubled in a run and a wild pitch and an error each plated a run.
Iwakuma worked out of two bases-loaded jams to keep Detroit off the board. In the first, the Japanese right-hander struck out Matt Tuiasosopo to leave the bags full, and in the fourth he escaped unscathed by getting Hernan Perez to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play.
The twin killing was the first of 11 straight batters retired by Iwakuma, who exited having thrown 72 of his 105 pitches for strikes.
Danny Farquhar completed the four-hit shutout in the ninth.
Iwakuma has posted a 0.96 ERA in four September starts. He has not allowed a run in 25 straight innings on the road -- tied for the longest streak in Mariners history ... Verlander eclipsed the 200-inning mark for the seventh straight season ... The Tigers have been shut out three times this month ... Prince Fielder's double in the first inning was Detroit's only extra-base hit.
- SEATTLE: 8
Sep 18 10:07 PM
- Alex Avila struck out looking to end the game.
Sep 18 10:03 PM
- Franklin Gutierrez two-out, solo Home Run (8) to left. Kyle Seager due up.
Mariners 8, Tigers 0 Top 9, 2 OutsSep 18 9:50 PM
- Michael Saunders scored on Alex Avila's throwing error. Justin Smoak scored on a wild pitch. On the play, Nick Franklin advances to second on a wild pitch. Runner on second with two out and Henry Blanco at the plate.
Mariners 7, Tigers 0 Top 8, 2 OutsSep 18 9:36 PM
- Michael Saunders double to right scored Endy Chavez with two out. On the play, Justin Smoak advances to third. Runners on second and third and Nick Franklin due up.
Mariners 5, Tigers 0 Top 8, 2 OutsSep 18 9:30 PM
- Justin Smoak single to left scored Franklin Gutierrez with two out. On the play, Kendrys Morales advances to second. Runners on first and second and Michael Saunders due up.
Mariners 4, Tigers 0 Top 8, 2 OutsSep 18 9:27 PM
- Justin Smoak two-out, solo Home Run (17) to left. Michael Saunders due up.
Mariners 3, Tigers 0 Top 6, 2 OutsSep 18 8:54 PM
- Nick Franklin single to left scored Michael Saunders with none out. Runner on first and Henry Blanco due up.
Mariners 2, Tigers 0 Top 2, 0 OutsSep 18 7:37 PM
- Michael Saunders double to center scored Justin Smoak with none out. Runner on second and Nick Franklin due up.
Mariners 1, Tigers 0 Top 2, 0 OutsSep 18 7:36 PM
- SEATTLE: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 18 7:08 PM
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