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Detroit at Seattle

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Tigers score all seven runs in first, hold off Mariners rest of way

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SEATTLE -- The last time Detroit saw Seattle's pitching staff, the Tigers were an angry bunch, frustrated by their own offensive shortcomings.

They responded with 30 runs in three games. Consider the Tigers' Friday night performance a carry-over from that recent offensive outburst on the Mariners.

Curtis Granderson singled and doubled in the first inning alone, Brandon Inge added a two-run triple and the Tigers got all their runs in the opening frame of a 7-4 win over the Mariners.

It was a little more than a week ago when the Tigers romped on Seattle pitching for three games in Detroit. They seemed well on their way to another offensive-charged series, knocking out Seattle starter Carlos Silva after he recorded just two outs and allowing all seven runs in the first inning.

"This one I think is a continuation from that (prior series)," Inge said. "It was one of those things where we said collectively as a group, offensively, we said it's time to get it going. It doesn't matter who were playing. It's just the timing happens to be them."

The Tigers had 12 of their 14 hits in the first five innings, including one by every starter in the lineup. Rookie Jeff Larish was the final Detroit starter to get a hit, with an infield single in the fifth for his first major league hit.

Detroit never really threatened after the first, but starter Nate Robertson didn't need any more help, keeping the Mariners in check.

Robertson (3-5) allowed just two hits over the first five innings -- both solo homers by Adrian Beltre -- doing a solid job protecting his big lead, but not giving Seattle's batters easy pitches to hit. The only two batters that reached base besides Beltre were quickly retired with double plays.

"The one thing you won't hear from any pitcher is any kind of complaint after getting a seven-spot in the first," Robertson said. "That's nice to have. I'll take that every start out."

Robertson ran into some trouble in the sixth, and was pulled with two outs in the inning. He allowed four runs and four hits in his 5 2/3 innings, winning his second straight start.

Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.

"I don't think Nate had his best stuff, but he fought through it and gave us a great outing," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.

Silva (3-5) was among the Mariners pitchers to be rocked in Detroit recently, giving up seven runs in four innings on May 20. The Tigers didn't waste any time reminding Silva of just how potent their offense can be.

Granderson, Placido Polanco and Carlos Guillen all singled sharply to open the first, Granderson scoring on Guillen's hit. After an out, Marcus Thames dumped an RBI double and Miguel Cabrera, dropped to sixth in the batting order for the first time this year, added an RBI single, part of his three-hit night.

Larish then beat out a potential double play to keep the inning alive, Edgar Renteria singled and Inge tripled over the head of center fielder Ichiro Suzuki to score a pair.

"You catch a ball perfect sometimes and you think it's going to go out. ... My initial thought was I hit that one good enough to go. But me being a smaller guy you never count on anything," Inge said.

Suzuki obviously didn't learn from Inge's hit, as Granderson immediately followed with a shot over Suzuki that cleared the fence on a hop. R.A. Dickey, who pitched 5 1/3 strong innings of relief for Seattle, finally ended the 24-minute top of the first with Guillen's groundout.

"We're trying to figure it out," Seattle manager John McLaren said. "They hit balls off the fence, over the fence and everything else."

After starting 3-0, Silva has now lost a career-high five straight decisions, and for the third time during that stretch failed to make it beyond four innings.

"Nothing was working today. Nothing," Silva said. "If I make my pitches I am able to take people out, but I didn't make any pitches."

Seattle pieced together a pair of runs in the sixth, knocking out Robertson after a two-out walk to Raul Ibanez. Freddy Dolsi entered and got a weak groundball from Beltre to end the inning.

Notes

  • Beltre's two homers was the 17th multi-homer game of his career and third Seattle player this season to hit two in a game.
  • OF Clete Thomas, who was recalled by Detroit from Triple-A Toledo, entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning and grounded out in the ninth.
 
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Nate Robertson gives up four runs and four hits before leaving the game in the sixth inning. (AP)
Nate Robertson gives up four runs and four hits before leaving the game in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Detroit

C. Granderson
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5131001 .262
Placido Polanco, 2B4110100 .291
Carlos Guillen, 3B4111103 .293
    Ivan Rodriguez, C0000000 .260
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010012 .325
Marcus Thames, LF4111003 .260
    Clete Thomas, LF1000000 .290
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5031000 .279
Jeff Larish, DH5111021 .200
Edgar Renteria, SS4120012 .282
Brandon Inge, C-3B4112003 .217
Totals40714724  
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (6, Dickey), Marcus Thames (3, Silva)
3B - Brandon Inge (2, Silva)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (17), Carlos Guillen (24), Marcus Thames (17), Miguel Cabrera (31), Jeff Larish (1), Brandon Inge 2 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (5), Brandon Inge 2 (9)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Polanco-Cabrera, Polanco-Cabrera
E - Edgar Renteria (5, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (W,3-5) 5.2444222 5.92
Freddy Dolsi (H,1) 1.1100000 1.64
Zach Miner (H,3) 1000000 5.90
Todd Jones (S,8) 1000010 4.26
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 107-63, Freddy Dolsi 13-11, Zach Miner 13-7, Todd Jones 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 6-8, Freddy Dolsi 4-0, Zach Miner 1-2, Todd Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 22, Freddy Dolsi 5, Zach Miner 3, Todd Jones 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4110001 .289
Jose Lopez, 2B4001001 .292
Jose Vidro, DH4001010 .227
Raul Ibanez, LF3000100 .260
Adrian Beltre, 3B4222001 .245
Kenji Johjima, C4000010 .222
Wladimir Balentien, RF3000010 .213
Miguel Cairo, 1B3010000 .196
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS2110101 .287
Totals3145423  
Batting
2B - Miguel Cairo (2, Dolsi), Yuniesky Betancourt (14, Robertson)
HR - Adrian Beltre 2 (12, Robertson, Robertson)
RBI - Jose Lopez (26), Jose Vidro (26), Adrian Beltre 2 (26)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (24, 3rd base off Robertson/Inge)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ichiro Suzuki 1
DP - Suzuki-J. Lopez
Seattle Mariners
Carlos Silva (L,3-5) 0.2777000 6.00
R.A. Dickey 5.1500200 3.78
Mark Lowe 2100020 3.43
Sean Green 1100020 3.95
HBP - Ordonez (by R.A. Dickey)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 34-22, R.A. Dickey 87-48, Mark Lowe 34-20, Sean Green 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 1-1, R.A. Dickey 8-7, Mark Lowe 3-1, Sean Green 1-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 9, R.A. Dickey 23, Mark Lowe 7, Sean Green 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34019
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott