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Finally, with his ninth offering of the at-bat, the rookie struck out the slugger with a nifty slider.
"He's not afraid to throw the ball," catcher Miguel Olivo said. "No matter who's hitting, he just goes and gets him."
The 22-year-old Pineda was particularly impressive at the start, fanning the first four hitters he faced, including Cabrera to begin the second inning.
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Afterward, the 6-foot-7 righty had a big grin on his face when asked about that matchup.
"He's a pretty good hitter," Pineda said. "I'm focused and threw the ball down -- my slider down. No mistakes, because he has a lot of power."
Ichiro Suzuki added two hits, and Justin Smoak hit an RBI double in the fourth inning that put Seattle ahead to stay. The Mariners swept a three-game set against Detroit for the first time since July 2003.
Pineda (4-1) allowed a couple runs in the second inning, but he was overpowering at times. Brad Penny (1-3) gave up four runs on nine hits and a walk for the Tigers. He struck out three.
Pineda allowed four hits and three walks in his fifth career start. This was actually the most earned runs he'd given up since his debut April 5, and his ERA rose from 1.78 to 2.01. That was a small consolation for the Tigers.
"That guy was nasty," Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. "He's going from 94-99 on his fastball, plus a slider and a split-finger, and he's throwing all three of them for strikes. He's going to be tough on everyone."
Suzuki hit an RBI double in the third, and Chone Figgins drove home a run with a groundball. Smoak gave the Mariners the lead in the fourth, and Olivo added a solo homer leading off the sixth to make it 4-2.
"He threw me a breaking ball," Olivo said. "A hanging breaking ball, and I hit it."
It was a far cry from Penny's last start, a dominant outing against the White Sox in which he allowed one hit through seven innings.
Rodriguez broke it open in the eighth with a three-run shot off Ryan Perry -- the infielder's ninth career homer and first since July 24, 2009.
Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Inge had the day off for Detroit. The Tigers started only four right-handed hitters against Pineda, but it was no use. He breezed through the first inning on 12 pitches, then struck out Cabrera.
Magglio Ordonez struck out three times -- twice against Pineda. He's now hitting .172.
"Against that guy, that can happen to anyone," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Maggs isn't quite sharp yet, but he's getting a lot of at-bats and he's getting them against good pitchers. That's not going to help his average right now, but it will help him a lot later. He's a pro, and he's going to hit."
The Mariners outscored Detroit 24-6 in the series.
Suzuki already has 12 multihit games, and Olivo continued his torrid stretch against Detroit. The Seattle catcher has just 17 hits on the season -- but 10 have been against the Tigers.
|Michael Pineda, 22, strikes out nine in six crisp innings for Seattle, which completes its first Detroit sweep since '03. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||5||0||2||1||0||0||0||.313|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||5||0||2||1||0||0||0||.191|
|Milton Bradley, LF||4||1||0||0||1||1||3||.205|
|Miguel Olivo, C||5||2||2||1||0||1||2||.230|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||1||1||.303|
|Adam Kennedy, DH||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.293|
|Luis Rodriguez, SS-2B||4||1||1||3||0||0||3||.206|
|Michael Saunders, CF||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.231|
|Jack Wilson, 2B||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||.246|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.200|
|2B - Ichiro Suzuki (6, Penny), Justin Smoak (6, Penny)|
|HR - Miguel Olivo (2, Penny), Luis Rodriguez (1, Perry)|
|RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (12), Chone Figgins (10), Miguel Olivo (7), Justin Smoak (15), Luis Rodriguez 3 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Luis Rodriguez 3 (5)|
|SB - Milton Bradley (3, 2nd base off Perry/Avila)|
|CS - Chone Figgins (3, 2nd base by Penny/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Brendan Ryan (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Michael Pineda (W,4-1)||6||4||2||2||3||9||0||2.01|
|David Pauley (H,1)||2||1||0||0||0||2||0||1.10|
|WP - Michael Pineda 2 (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Michael Pineda 101-67, David Pauley 32-22, Jamey Wright 18-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Pineda 2-7, David Pauley 2-3, Jamey Wright 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Michael Pineda 25, David Pauley 8, Jamey Wright 4|
|Austin Jackson, CF||5||0||0||0||0||2||4||.167|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.200|
|Magglio Ordonez, DH||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.172|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.318|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.350|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||3||1||0||0||1||0||3||.238|
|Alex Avila, C||4||0||1||2||0||2||1||.299|
|Don Kelly, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.200|
|Will Rhymes, 2B||2||0||1||0||2||1||0||.196|
|2B - Brennan Boesch (9, Pineda), Alex Avila (5, Pineda)|
|RBI - Alex Avila 2 (16)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Rhymes-Santiago-Cabrera|
|Brad Penny (L,1-3)||7||9||4||4||1||3||1||6.11|
|IBB - Kennedy by Ryan Perry|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 112-73, Ryan Perry 34-20, Jose Valverde 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 9-7, Ryan Perry 2-0, Jose Valverde 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Brad Penny 29, Ryan Perry 7, Jose Valverde 4|
|Attendance - 21176|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 49|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Derryl Cousins|