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DETROIT -- Rick Porcello baffled the Seattle Mariners for six innings, and when Detroit finally added a few more runs for the young right-hander, the Tigers were one step closer to another division title.

That was cause for celebration in a clubhouse that seems a little livelier these days.

"September hits, sometimes you get kind of laid back and you get tired, so we're just trying to pump ourselves up," outfielder Torii Hunter said. "After the game, we always try to turn the music up loud and jump up and down. We have a huddle and we start screaming loud for no reason. ... Only time we get to do it is if we win."

The anticipation is building in Motown. Porcello struck out 10 and the Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Monday night. Victor Martinez broke a 1-all tie in the sixth with a run-scoring single, and Omar Infante followed with his own RBI single.

The AL Central-leading Tigers increased their advantage over Cleveland to six games with 12 to play.

Porcello (13-8) allowed a run and five hits with two walks, falling one strikeout short of his career high. Drew Smyly got five outs in relief and Jose Veras finished the eighth.

Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 21st save in 21 chances.

"I think as a ballclub we're really coming on strong here," Porcello said. "Guys are working. It's September. Everybody's had a long season, but everybody's coming in with focus, and they're playing good baseball."

Joe Saunders (11-15) pitched well until the sixth, when he got two outs before a walk and three hits chased him from the game.

Abraham Almonte homered for Seattle, which has lost seven of eight.

"Everyone hates losing," Justin Smoak said. "We've been in tight ballgames and haven't been able to get the big hit."

It was tied at 1 in the sixth when Miguel Cabrera walked and Prince Fielder followed with a single. Martinez's single up the line in right field scored Cabrera, and Infante lined a single to left to make it 3-1.

That rally made a winner of Porcello, who has bounced back nicely after giving up eight earned runs in a 20-4 loss to Boston on Sept. 4.

Porcello pitched his first career complete game in a win over the Chicago White Sox last Tuesday, and he was sharp against the punchless Mariners as well.

"He's starting to change speeds a lot. He used to have the slider, he threw it pretty hard, and the sinker, everything was hard so you kind of gauge it off that," Hunter said. "But now he's starting to hit his spots, in and out, hard and soft and changing up his sequence a lot and mixing it up well. I think he's grown. He's smarter. He knows if a guy can't hit a certain pitch, he keeps throwing it until he shows that he can hit it. I think that's maturity."

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first when Hunter and Cabrera hit back-to-back singles, and Hunter came home on a wild pitch. After that mistake, Saunders quieted Detroit, allowing no more than one baserunner in any inning until the sixth.

But it was a frustrating finish for Saunders, who allowed six runs over three innings in his previous start against Houston. He ended up yielding three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings this time.

Saunders, who was seen throwing things in the dugout after being pulled, did not speak with reporters after the game.

Tom Wilhelmsen relieved Saunders and got out of the sixth, but appeared to get hit in the right leg by Alex Avila's leadoff single in the seventh. Wilhelmsen stayed in the game and eventually allowed an RBI single by Hunter with two outs.

Smoak's RBI single off Smyly in the eighth made it 4-2.

Notes

Porcello struck out 11 against Pittsburgh on May 28. ... Smoak snapped an 0-for-17 slump with a fourth-inning single. ... Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (14-7) faces Seattle RHP Brandon Maurer (4-8) on Tuesday night.

 
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Detroit

O. Infante
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Seattle

A. Almonte
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dustin Ackley, CF5010020 .256
Abraham Almonte, RF4121021 .313
Kyle Seager, 3B3000112 .271
Kendrys Morales, DH4000022 .280
Raul Ibanez, LF3120110 .251
Justin Smoak, 1B4021001 .247
Mike Zunino, C3000034 .216
   a-Michael Saunders, PH1000001 .231
   Henry Blanco, C0000000 .143
Nick Franklin, 2B3000114 .214
Carlos Triunfel, SS3000010 .100
   b-Endy Chavez, PH1000001 .269
Joe Saunders, P0000000 .000
   Tom Wilhelmsen, P0000000 .000
   Oliver Perez, P0000000 .000
Totals34272313  
a-flied out for Zunino in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Triunfel in the 9th
Batting
2B - Raul Ibanez (20, Smyly)
HR - Abraham Almonte (2, Porcello)
RBI - Abraham Almonte (7), Justin Smoak (41)
2-OUT RBI - Abraham Almonte (1), Justin Smoak (23)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Franklin-Triunfel-Smoak, Franklin-Triunfel-Smoak-Franklin-Smoak, Franklin-Triunfel-Smoak-Franklin-Smoak-Triunfel-Franklin-Smoak
E - Justin Smoak (5, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Saunders (L,11-15) 5.2733130 5.16
Tom Wilhelmsen 1.1211000 4.00
Oliver Perez 1000100 3.55
WP - Joe Saunders (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 83-47, Tom Wilhelmsen 20-14, Oliver Perez 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 11-2, Tom Wilhelmsen 3-1, Oliver Perez 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 24, Tom Wilhelmsen 6, Oliver Perez 3
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4010011 .275
Torii Hunter, RF4121001 .296
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3110101 .349
Prince Fielder, 1B3110101 .281
Victor Martinez, DH4011002 .298
Omar Infante, 2B4021011 .316
Matt Tuiasosopo, LF2000001 .267
   a-Don Kelly, PH-LF1000002 .231
Alex Avila, C3110012 .223
Jose Iglesias, SS2000002 .313
Rick Porcello, P0000000 .333
   Drew Smyly, P0000000 .000
   Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
Totals3049323  
a-grounded out for Tuiasosopo in the 6th
Batting
2B - Omar Infante (24, Saunders)
SH - Jose Iglesias (3)
RBI - Torii Hunter (76), Victor Martinez (76), Omar Infante (46)
2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (24), Victor Martinez (28), Omar Infante (21)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Infante-Iglesias-Fielder
E - Omar Infante (8, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,13-8) 65112101 4.45
Drew Smyly (H,17) 1.2211020 2.44
Jose Veras (H,7) 0.1000000 2.85
Joaquin Benoit (S,21) 1000110 1.94
WP - Rick Porcello (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 105-70, Drew Smyly 29-18, Jose Veras 6-3, Joaquin Benoit 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 4-5, Drew Smyly 1-2, Joaquin Benoit 1-0
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 26, Drew Smyly 7, Jose Veras 1, Joaquin Benoit 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34063
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Ron Kulpa