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DETROIT -- Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge has been talking about how his young team has to combine development with winning.
Well, the winning is starting to come.
Chone Figgins hit a two-out, tiebreaking double in the seventh inning that was misjudged by right fielder Brennan Boesch, and Seattle completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 5-4 victory Thursday.
"It's all about development, don't get me wrong," he said. "But part of that development, the biggest part of it, is that we're coming to the ballpark and trying to find a way to win."
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"Just a pitch middle in. I thought I hit it real good," Figgins said. "But when I saw him coming in, I thought I didn't hit it that bad.. Good thing it worked out for us."
"They came back and we were able to counter punch," Smoak said. "That's what you've got to do."
Figgins, who has struggled early in the season, was 3 for 4 with a run and a stolen base from the leadoff spot to help Seattle reach .500 at 10-10.
"I was a little more aggressive today. And the results will bear it," Figgins said.
Wedge said the sweep especially helped the confidence of his young players.
"It makes you feel better, especially on the road, to get a sweep," Smoak said.
Miguel Cabrera hit his sixth home run for the Tigers, who have lost six of seven after a 9-3 start.
"We're not getting big hits late in the game. We're not making some plays, we're not pitching real good, we're not managing good enough, we're not coaching good enough," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "We're all involved in this together, that's just the way it is. You just gotta get aggressive and take charge and get after somebody."
Former Tigers reliever Charlie Furbush (1-1) pitched a perfect inning.
"A little different. It was fun though. Being in this ballpark after being up here for a while last year, I had some familiarity," said Furbush, who came to Seattle in the deal that sent Doug Fister to Detroit last summer. "I know the guys and know some of their tendencies as hitters. Kind of felt a little at home."
Porcello gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Noesi held the Tigers hitless for the first 4 1/3 innings, allowing only Delmon Young's one-out walk in the second before Don Kelly's single.
Seattle took an early lead, as it did in the first two games of the series. Smoak broke an 0-for-16 skid with a three-run homer in the first on a 2-2 pitch. The drive landed deep in the right field stands for Smoak's third home run.
Olivo homered in the fourth, his first since Sept. 9.
Andy Dirks tripled leading off the sixth, Boesch singled and Cabrera tied it with a two-run homer that chased Noesi. Furbush retired the next three batters.
Detroit put runners at the corners with one out in the seventh before Dirks and Boesch grounded out against Lucas Luetge.
|Chone Figgins hits this two-out, tiebreaking double in the seventh that holds up as the game winner. (AP)|
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|Chone Figgins, LF||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.236|
|Dustin Ackley, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.263|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||1||0||0||0||0||2||.301|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||3||1||1||3||1||0||0||.197|
|Jesus Montero, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.265|
|Alex Liddi, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.357|
|Michael Saunders, CF||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.236|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.169|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.163|
|2B - Chone Figgins (3, Porcello)|
|HR - Justin Smoak (3, Porcello), Miguel Olivo (1, Porcello)|
|RBI - Chone Figgins (7), Justin Smoak 3 (9), Miguel Olivo (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins (3), Miguel Olivo (2)|
|SB - Chone Figgins (2, 2nd base off Porcello/Laird)|
|CS - Alex Liddi (1, 2nd base by Porcello/Laird)|
|PK - Dustin Ackley (1, Porcello)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Ryan-Ackley-Smoak, Ackley-Ryan-Smoak|
|PB - Miguel Olivo (4)|
|E - Alex Liddi (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Charlie Furbush (W,1-1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.86|
|Steve Delabar (H,3)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.82|
|Lucas Luetge (H,2)||0.2||0||0||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Tom Wilhelmsen (H,5)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.08|
|Brandon League (S,7)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||1.69|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hector Noesi 77-49, Charlie Furbush 9-7, Steve Delabar 3-2, Lucas Luetge 16-8, Tom Wilhelmsen 9-5, Brandon League 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Noesi 5-8, Charlie Furbush 1-0, Steve Delabar 1-0, Lucas Luetge 2-0, Brandon League 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Hector Noesi 21, Charlie Furbush 3, Steve Delabar 2, Lucas Luetge 3, Tom Wilhelmsen 3, Brandon League 4|
|Andy Dirks, DH||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.296|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.215|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.288|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.310|
|Delmon Young, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.242|
|Don Kelly, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.273|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.238|
|Ryan Raburn, 2B||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.128|
|Gerald Laird, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.353|
|a- Alex Avila, PH-C||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.240|
|a-walked for Laird in the 7th|
|3B - Andy Dirks (2, Noesi)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (6, Noesi)|
|SH - Jhonny Peralta (1), Ryan Raburn (1)|
|RBI - Brennan Boesch (10), Miguel Cabrera 2 (15), Ryan Raburn (1)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Ryan Raburn (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Rick Porcello (L,1-2)||6.2||7||5||5||2||3||2||6.45|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 105-62, Phil Coke 2-2, Octavio Dotel 14-10, Joaquin Benoit 21-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 8-8, Octavio Dotel 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 28, Phil Coke 1, Octavio Dotel 3, Joaquin Benoit 4|
|Attendance - 31451|
|Game Time - 2:45|
|Temperature - 58|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Jim Joyce|