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The ball stayed in the air for a while before Ichiro Suzuki finally caught it.
"Like two hours," Wilhelmsen joked. "I just looked up and saw Ichie make this grab and was like, `Thank God he's out there."'
Wilhelmsen held off the Tigers in the eighth inning, and Seattle went on to a 7-4 victory over Detroit on Tuesday night. Alex Liddi had a career-high three hits, including a solo homer, and the Mariners snapped a four-game losing streak.
Jason Vargas (3-1) pitched six innings for the Mariners, allowing four runs and six hits. He struck out four and walked one. Three relievers finished, with Brandon League pitching a hitless ninth for his sixth save.
Max Scherzer (1-2) allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked two.
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Liddi's homer -- his first of the season -- made it 6-4 in the seventh. The Italian-born third baseman made his debut last September and had only one two-hit game before Tuesday. He singled in the first and fifth before his home run.
"Our team did a pretty good job putting pressure on the pitcher," Liddi said. "Every inning, we had somebody on base, so it was a really good game for us."
The Mariners still led by two when Suzuki made a jumping catch on Young's flyball with two on in the eighth. Cabrera went to third on that out, but Jhonny Peralta then struck out looking on a breaking ball.
After a passed ball allowed Prince Fielder to move to second as the tying run, Wilhelmsen struck out Avila to end the inning.
"One of the reasons he's in the back side of our bullpen is because there's a lot of toughness there," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "He's a tough cookie out there. He competes. He's a fighter."
Scherzer, who has been erratic so far this season, struggled through a 25-pitch first inning, allowing an RBI single by Jesus Montero to open the scoring.
The right-hander appeared to steady himself, fanning Saunders to end the inning and striking out the side in the second, but the Mariners scored three in the third. Kyle Seager drove in a run with a single, and Saunders added a two-run double.
"His stuff was unbelievable, he just couldn't control it," Avila said. "That's what we need to do -- get him to a point where he's got this stuff and gets into a groove. We've seen what he can do when he pitches like that."
Detroit's Brennan Boesch hit an RBI single in the bottom of the third, and Avila made it 4-3 with a two-run homer the following inning -- a 432-foot shot into the shrubbery over the wall just to the right of dead center field. Fielder was on base for that home run after hitting an infield single. His comebacker bounced off Vargas and toward the line between home and third, and the big Detroit slugger hustled down to first.
But the Tigers could never pull even. Miguel Olivo hit a run-scoring groundball in the fifth for Seattle before Cabrera answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the inning. Then Liddi restored a two-run advantage.
Saunders hit an RBI double in the ninth.
|Alex Liddi records a career-high three hits to help the Mariners end their four-game losing streak. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chone Figgins, LF||3||1||0||0||2||1||0||.206|
|Dustin Ackley, 2B||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.243|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||5||2||3||0||0||0||4||.297|
|Jesus Montero, DH||5||0||2||1||0||0||5||.254|
|Casper Wells, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||5||2||2||1||0||1||4||.267|
|Alex Liddi, 1B||5||1||3||1||0||2||4||.368|
|Michael Saunders, CF||5||0||2||3||0||2||5||.229|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.161|
|Munenori Kawasaki, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.158|
|2B - Michael Saunders 2 (6, Scherzer, Coke)|
|HR - Alex Liddi (1, Balester)|
|RBI - Jesus Montero (9), Kyle Seager (7), Alex Liddi (3), Michael Saunders 3 (5), Miguel Olivo (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Saunders 3 (3)|
|SB - Ichiro Suzuki (2, 3rd base off Coke/Avila), Alex Liddi (1, 2nd base off Scherzer/Avila)|
|CS - Miguel Olivo (1, 2nd base by Scherzer/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|PB - Miguel Olivo (3)|
|Jason Vargas (W,3-1)||6||6||4||4||1||4||2||3.45|
|Steve Delabar (H,2)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||5.00|
|Tom Wilhelmsen (H,4)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||2.25|
|Brandon League (S,6)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||1.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 92-59, Steve Delabar 16-9, Tom Wilhelmsen 20-12, Brandon League 19-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 6-8, Steve Delabar 2-1, Brandon League 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 25, Steve Delabar 4, Tom Wilhelmsen 5, Brandon League 4|
|Austin Jackson, CF||4||0||0||0||1||0||1||.258|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||5||0||1||1||0||1||2||.211|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||1||2||1||1||0||1||.308|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.328|
|Delmon Young, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.267|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.246|
|Alex Avila, C||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.244|
|Ryan Raburn, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.091|
|a- Don Kelly, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.214|
|Brandon Inge, 2B||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.100|
|b- Ramon Santiago, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.154|
|a-walked for Raburn in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Inge in the 7th|
|2B - Ryan Raburn (2, Vargas), Brandon Inge (1, Vargas)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (5, Vargas), Alex Avila (3, Vargas)|
|RBI - Brennan Boesch (8), Miguel Cabrera (13), Alex Avila 2 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brennan Boesch (5), Miguel Cabrera (4), Alex Avila 2 (5)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Brennan Boesch 1|
|E - Miguel Cabrera (3, Throwing)|
|Max Scherzer (L,1-2)||5||10||5||5||2||6||0||8.24|
|Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 102-63, Collin Balester 32-18, Phil Coke 24-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 2-6, Collin Balester 1-3, Phil Coke 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 26, Collin Balester 9, Phil Coke 8|
|Attendance - 30073|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Mike DiMuro|