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Verlander sharp as Tigers cruise past Mariners

May 21, 2008 - 3:39 AM DETROIT (Ticker) -- Justin Verlander finally received more than enough support.

Verlander pitched six excellent innings as the Detroit Tigers posted a 12-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.

Edgar Renteria went 4-for-4 with five RBI and Detroit hit four homers after having lost six of its previous seven entering this three-game series.

"Right now, wins are golden," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We'll take 'em any way we can get 'em."

It was the fourth time the Tigers had scored 10-plus runs this season and marked just the second time they had produced more than four runs in any of Verlander's 10 starts.

"I thought we had a good night at the plate," Leyland said of his team's 17 hits. "We were aggressive and when we got pitches, we didn't miss 'em."

The 2006 American League Rookie of the Year, Verlander (2-7) yielded a run, four hits and a walk while striking out seven to snap a personal four-game losing streak.

"I thought, for the most part, Justin was really good," Leyland said. "He scuffled a couple of times, but that was it."

The righthander, who threw 65 of his 104 pitches for strikes, served up a solo homer to Adrian Beltre in the first before his teammates started putting runs on the board.

"It was my best start," Verlander said. "I would have liked to have my pitch count lower, but that was only because of a couple of hitters."

Carlos Guillen and Renteria had RBI singles in the second inning to give Detroit a 2-1 lead.

With the the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, Renteria hammered a triple into the left-center field gap to make it 5-1.

"We had a great feeling from the first time we came out on the field, everybody was ready to play," Renteria said.

Later in the frame, Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco added an RBI double and run-scoring hit, respectively, to up the lead to 7-1.

All seven runs were charged to Seattle starter Carlos Silva (3-3), who surrendered nine hits and a walk in four innings.

"Silva wasn't himself out there tonight," Mariners manager John McLaren said. "He always keeps us in games. But he just didn't have any location on his pitches."

"The Tigers have a very good lineup from one to nine," Silva said. "You make one mistake and they make you pay."

Detroit increased its lead on a solo homer by Magglio Ordonez in the fifth before Renteria led off the sixth with his fourth homer of the season to give the Tigers a 9-1 advantage. It was Renteria's second five-RBI game of the season.

Two batters later, Granderson belted a two-run shot off Mariners reliever Cha Seung Baek to put Detroit up by double digits.

With the Tigers leading, 11-3, in the eighth, Guillen drilled a solo homer over the center field wall to end the scoring for Detroit.

The Mariners scored seven runs off three Tigers relievers in the final three frames before closer Todd Jones came on with one out in the ninth, inducing Miguel Cairo to hit into a game-ending double play with runners on first and second to earn his seventh save.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 8 13 0
    DETROIT 0 2 0 5 1 3 1 0 x 12 17 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SEA - CARLOS SILVA, CHA SEUNG BAEK (5TH), MARK LOWE (7TH), RYAN
    ROWLAND-SMITH (8TH) AND KENJI JOHJIMA
    DET - JUSTIN VERLANDER, AQUILINO LOPEZ (7TH), CLAY
    RAPADA (9T

    May 20 9:56 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSE VIDRO SCORED WILLIE BLOOMQUIST.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J VIDRO ON FIRST, J REED ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 8
    DETROIT 12 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: M CAIRO (.188, 0-FOR-0, SF, RBI)

    Mariners 8, Tigers 12  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 20 9:51 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEREMY REED SCORED ADRIAN BELTRE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J REED ON FIRST, W BLOOMQUIST ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 7
    DETROIT 12 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J VIDRO (.208, 1-FOR-4)

    Mariners 7, Tigers 12  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 20 9:50 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADRIAN BELTRE SCORED WLADIMIR BALENTIEN AND
    YUNIESKY BETANCOURT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A BELTRE ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 6
    DETROIT 12 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: W BLOOMQUIST (.171, 1-FOR-1)

    Mariners 6, Tigers 12  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 20 9:45 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MIGUEL CAIRO SCORED WILLIE BLOOMQUIST.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J VIDRO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4
    DETROIT 12 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: K JOHJIMA (.224, 1-FOR-3)

    Mariners 4, Tigers 12  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 20 9:27 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS GUILLEN (4) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF MARK LOWE.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3, DETROIT 12
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M JOYCE (.250, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Mariners 3, Tigers 12  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 20 9:13 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY MATTHEW JOYCE ALLOWED WLADIMIR BALENTIEN TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I SUZUKI ON FIRST, Y BETANCOURT ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3
    DETROIT 11 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.243, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Mariners 3, Tigers 11  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 20 9:10 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED RICHIE SEXSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, Y BETANCOURT ON FIRST, W BALENTIEN ON
    SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 2
    DETROIT 11 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.287, 2-FOR-2, BB)

    Mariners 2, Tigers 11  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 20 9:08 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CURTIS GRANDERSON (6) TO RIGHT WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF CHA SEUNG BAEK SCORED IVAN RODRIGUEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1, DETROIT 11
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: P POLANCO (.280, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Mariners 1, Tigers 11  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 20 8:51 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY EDGAR RENTERIA (4) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF CHA SEUNG BAEK.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1, DETROIT 9
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: I RODRIGUEZ (.261, 0-FOR-2)

    Mariners 1, Tigers 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 20 8:49 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ (7) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF CHA SEUNG BAEK.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1, DETROIT 8
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.280, 2-FOR-2)

    Mariners 1, Tigers 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 20 8:29 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PLACIDO POLANCO SCORED CURTIS GRANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, P POLANCO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    DETROIT 7 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: G SHEFFIELD (.185, 0-FOR-2)

    Mariners 1, Tigers 7  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 20 8:14 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CURTIS GRANDERSON SCORED EDGAR RENTERIA.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, C GRANDERSON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    DETROIT 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: P POLANCO (.275, 1-FOR-2)

    Mariners 1, Tigers 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 20 8:13 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY EDGAR RENTERIA SCORED MAGGLIO ORDONEZ, MIGUEL
    CABRERA AND MATTHEW JOYCE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, E RENTERIA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    DETROIT 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: I RODRIGUEZ (.262, 0-FOR-1)

    Mariners 1, Tigers 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 20 8:10 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EDGAR RENTERIA SCORED CARLOS GUILLEN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E RENTERIA ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    DETROIT 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: I RODRIGUEZ (.264, 1 HR, 16 RBI)

    Mariners 1, Tigers 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 20 7:40 PM


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    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS GUILLEN SCORED MIGUEL CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GUILLEN ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    DETROIT 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M JOYCE (.267, 4 HR, 6 RBI)

    Mariners 1, Tigers 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 20 7:35 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 1 1 2 0
    DETROIT 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: SEA - CARLOS SILVA
    DET - JUSTIN VERLANDER

    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GRANDERSON (.233, 5 HR, 12 RBI)
    P POLANCO (.271, 2 HR, 13 RBI)
    G SHEFFIELD (.189, 2 HR

    Mariners 1, Tigers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 20 7:14 PM