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DETROIT -- Jarrod Washburn didn't mind losing the spotlight.
Moments after Washburn helped the Seattle Mariners finish off a 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers, he and his teammates gathered around clubhouse televisions to cheer the end of Mark Buehrle's perfect game against Tampa Bay.
"It would have been pretty hard for me to top that," Washburn said. "I've always liked him, though -- he's another crafty lefty and he wears my No. 56."• Knobler: Washburn backup plan for Phillies?
Washburn did more than enough for the Mariners, though, yielding two hits over seven scoreless innings.
"That was as good as I've seen him," said Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu. "He had the fastball working, but he was throwing 65-mph curveballs to Miguel Cabrera. When you can get guys out that many different ways, you can pitch well for a long time."
Washburn (8-6) surrendered two hits and two walks to improve to 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA in his last seven starts.
"I felt great -- I had every pitch I needed," he said. "I was getting flyballs with my four-seam fastball, and groundballs with the sinker, plus I had the curve and the slider. I think I only had to throw one change all day."
Three relievers finished, with David Aardsma pitching a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 26 tries. Aardsma retired Cabrera, Marcus Thames and Magglio Ordonez, with the only scare coming on a long foul down the left-field line by Thames.
"That's a pretty tough group at the heart of a great lineup," Aardsma said. "The way Thames swung and the way he just stood there, I thought the ball was going to be way foul until I turned around and watched it land."
After scoring just five runs while being swept by the Yankees, Detroit only managed three runs in the final 24 innings against Seattle.
"If you score one run a game, you aren't going to win," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I don't care how good your pitching is. You can have three Koufaxes and three Drysdales, you're still not going to win."
Rookie starter Luke French (1-1) yielded two runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings and struck out six without walking a batter.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the first, scoring the only run of the first five innings. Ichiro Suzuki led off with a single, took second on third baseman Brandon Inge's throwing error, and scored on Mike Sweeney's RBI double.
"Let me make it real simple for you," Leyland said. "Score one run a game, you lose. 99.9 percent of the time probably."
|With the win, left-hander Jarrod Washburn improves to 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA in his last seven starts. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.359|
|Russell Branyan, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.271|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.265|
|Mike Sweeney, DH||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.258|
|Wladimir Balentien, LF||4||0||0||1||0||2||1||.213|
|Ryan Langerhans, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.241|
|Rob Johnson, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.205|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.191|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.186|
|2B - Jose Lopez (23, French), Mike Sweeney (8, French), Jack Hannahan (8, French)|
|RBI - Mike Sweeney (16), Wladimir Balentien (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Sweeney (4)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Cedeno-J. Lopez-Branyan|
|Jarrod Washburn (W,8-6)||7||2||0||0||2||3||0||2.71|
|Mark Lowe (H,16)||0.2||1||1||1||1||2||0||3.18|
|Sean White (H,11)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.47|
|David Aardsma (S,24)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.75|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 93-55, Mark Lowe 16-8, Sean White 5-4, David Aardsma 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 3-14, Sean White 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 24, Mark Lowe 4, Sean White 1, David Aardsma 3|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.257|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.262|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.327|
|Marcus Thames, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.265|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.257|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.260|
|Dusty Ryan, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.125|
|a- Clete Thomas, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.261|
|Gerald Laird, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.236|
|Adam Everett, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|b- Ramon Santiago, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.254|
|a-struck out for Ryan in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Everett in the 8th|
|3B - Curtis Granderson (4, Lowe)|
|RBI - Curtis Granderson (45)|
|2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (20)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Polanco|
|E - Brandon Inge (12, Throwing)|
|Luke French (L,1-1)||5.1||8||2||2||0||6||0||2.22|
|HBP - Langerhans (by Luke French)|
|WP - Luke French (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Luke French 87-57, Ryan Perry 36-23, Fu-Te Ni 17-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke French 3-6, Ryan Perry 1-4|
|Batters Faced - Luke French 24, Ryan Perry 8, Fu-Te Ni 3|
|Attendance - 32177|
|Game Time - 2:28|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Joe West|