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Mariners put end to Tigers' eight-game win streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- After a few hard hit balls in the first two innings, Cha Seung Baek made an adjustment.

Baek finished with a six-hitter, Jose Guillen hit a three-run homer, and the Seattle Mariners snapped the Detroit Tigers' eight-game winning streak with a 9-2 victory Wednesday night.

"They were looking for fastballs first two innings, so Jo (catcher Jenji Johjima) and me went to changeups," Baek said.

Guillen also had a run-scoring fielder's choice, and Raul Ibanez had three hits, drove in a run, and scored two runs. Seattle, which had three runs each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, finished with 16 hits -- including a season high-tying six doubles.

Curtis Granderson homered for Detroit, which had tied San Francisco for the longest winning streak in the majors this season.

Baek (1-0) struck out four and didn't walk a batter in his first career complete game. He gave up a triple to Carlos Guillen in the second, singles to Brandon Inge in the third and eighth and Craig Monroe in the fifth, and a double to Gary Sheffield in the ninth.

"I think he settled in," Granderson said of Baek. "He definitely had his changeup working and he was able to go ahead and get a lot of quick outs. Keep his pitch count down so he could stay in the ballgame."

The Mariners also made several good defensive plays.

"He threw strikes, got ahead and kept guys (fielders) on their toes," Ibanez said.

Tigers starter Nate Robertson (3-2) lasted only 4 2/3 innings, despite retiring the first seven batters. He allowed six runs and 10 hits.

"I got up in the zone a couple pitches," he said.

With Seattle trailing 2-0, Jose Guillen's homer in fourth gave the Mariners the lead for good after Ibanez and Richie Sexson had singled with one out.

"Guillen's home run to put us back in it was huge," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "But we had a lot of two-out hits."

The fourth inning ended when Johjima was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Craig Monroe on Jose Lopez's single. It appeared that Johjima had beaten catcher Ivan Rodriguez's tag, but he was called out by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna.

The Mariners added three more in the fifth on RBI doubles by Ibanez, Sexson, and Adrian Beltre. Beltre's hit, with two out, knocked Robertson out of the game.

Seattle also got three in the sixth on a run-scoring double by Ichiro Suzuki, an RBI single by Jose Vidro, and a fielder's choice by Jose Guillen.

Granderson led off the bottom of the first with his sixth homer of the season, driving Baek's 1-2 pitch into the right-field stands. The Tigers made it 2-0 in the second when Carlos Guillen scored on Sean Casey's sacrifice fly.

"We started off good, obviously," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "We hit some balls hard but he (Baek) pitched well. He mixed his pitches, he pitched well."

Notes

  • The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 36 minutes by rain.
  • Seattle's Felix Hernandez, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm, played catch for 20 minutes on Wednesday and felt good afterward, according to pitching coach Rafael Chaves. Hernandez threw three innings of a simulated game on Tuesday, and Chaves said he would have a bullpen session on Friday.
  • Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman said the blister on one of the fingers of his pitching hand was hurting on Wednesday. He'll get treatment for it, and doesn't expect to miss his next scheduled start on Sunday, though manager Jim Leyland said it's a possibility.
  • The Mariners also had six doubles on May 4.
  • Granderson's leadoff home run was the eighth of his career.
 
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Nate Robertson fails to get it done against Seattle. Robertson allows six runs, 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.  (AP)
Nate Robertson fails to get it done against Seattle. Robertson allows six runs, 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

C. Baek
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 0
K 4
Seattle

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5221001 .274
    Willie Bloomquist, CF0000000 .105
Jose Vidro, DH5121001 .303
Raul Ibanez, LF4231000 .270
   a- Jason Ellison, PH-LF1000011 .333
Richie Sexson, 1B3221100 .167
Jose Guillen, RF4114101 .258
Adrian Beltre, 3B5011015 .252
Kenji Johjima, C5020001 .298
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5010001 .270
Jose Lopez, 2B5120013 .278
Totals42916923  
a-struck out for Ibanez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (6, Grilli), Raul Ibanez (5, Robertson), Richie Sexson (8, Robertson), Adrian Beltre (5, Robertson), Yuniesky Betancourt (6, Robertson), Jose Lopez (3, Grilli)
HR - Jose Guillen (4, Robertson)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (13), Jose Vidro (9), Raul Ibanez (19), Richie Sexson (20), Jose Guillen 4 (14), Adrian Beltre (19)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (9)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - J. Lopez-Betancourt-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Cha Seung Baek (W,1-0) 9622041 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Cha Seung Baek 112-77
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cha Seung Baek 10-12
Batters Faced - Cha Seung Baek 32
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4111012 .271
Placido Polanco, 2B4000011 .336
Gary Sheffield, DH4010011 .227
    Omar Infante, PR-DH0000000 .333
Magglio Ordonez, RF2000000 .336
    Marcus Thames, RF2000001 .200
Carlos Guillen, SS2110000 .327
    Neifi Perez, SS2000001 .211
Ivan Rodriguez, C2000001 .254
    Mike Rabelo, C1000010 .087
Sean Casey, 1B2001000 .240
Craig Monroe, LF3010000 .245
Brandon Inge, 3B3020001 .200
Totals3126204  
Batting
2B - Gary Sheffield (5, Baek)
3B - Carlos Guillen (2, Baek)
HR - Curtis Granderson (6, Baek)
SF - Sean Casey (1)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (15), Sean Casey (5)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Craig Monroe 1
DP - Inge-Polanco-Casey
E - Carlos Guillen (7, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (L,3-2) 4.21066001 3.43
Jason Grilli 2.1433010 6.43
Wilfredo Ledezma 1100210 2.65
Jose Mesa 1100010 13.50
HBP - Sexson (by Jason Grilli)
WP - Jason Grilli 2 (2), Wilfredo Ledezma (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 76-55, Jason Grilli 38-22, Wilfredo Ledezma 25-12, Jose Mesa 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 9-5, Jason Grilli 5-1, Wilfredo Ledezma 2-0, Jose Mesa 1-0
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 24, Jason Grilli 12, Wilfredo Ledezma 6, Jose Mesa 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27377
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Paul Emmel