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Price helps Tigers beat Mariners 4-2


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DETROIT (AP) David Price got into a sticky situation in the eighth, and Brad Ausmus decided to leave the ace in the game.

Price then rewarded his manager for the vote of confidence.

Price wriggled out of the jam in his final inning, and the Detroit Tigers snapped Seattle's five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory over Felix Hernandez and the Mariners on Saturday.

The Tigers had a three-run lead when the Mariners loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. When Ausmus came out of the dugout, Price was sure his night was done.

''I've never had a manager come out in the middle of the inning and not pull me,'' he said. ''That had never happened.''

But Ausmus just wanted to check in with Price, who is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts since he was acquired from Tampa Bay in a three-team trade last month.

''This is only David's third game for us, so I'm not used to how he handles himself late in the game,'' Ausmus said. ''I went out there to ask him if he was OK, he gave me a very definitive answer, and I went back to the dugout.''

Price (12-8) then struck out Austin Jackson - one of the players Detroit traded for him - and then got Dustin Ackley to ground into a force at second.

''That was a huge moment for me,'' Price said. ''I wanted to finish that inning off, so I looked Brad straight in the eye and told him I was good to go. I didn't want to be one of those pitchers who looks down and mumbles that he's OK. I wanted to make sure he knew I was ready.''

Hernandez was pulled after five innings and 92 pitches. He allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out three and walked none.

Hernandez was hit on his left hip by Ian Kinsler's comebacker on the third out of the fourth inning, and took another glancing blow from a ball hit by Miguel Cabrera in the fifth.

''He's fine, we just took him out as a precaution after he got hit again by Miguel in the fifth,'' Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Hernandez (13-4) lost his record streak of 16 straight starts of at least seven innings and no more than two runs. Hernandez broke Tom Seaver's major league mark of 13 straight earlier this month.

''I'm fine - I'm going to live,'' Hernandez said. ''I was throwing a lot of pitches tonight, especially at the beginning of the game. I wasn't missing by much.

''The streak's over, but I'll start a new one soon.''

Joe Nathan pitched the ninth, allowing one run while picking up his 25th save. It was his first appearance since making a profane gesture at Comerica Park fans on Wednesday, and he received a mixture of cheers and boos when he was introduced.

''I apologized on Thursday, but I still feel terrible for my actions, so I want to apologize again,'' said Nathan, who didn't celebrate after the final out. ''I'll keep apologizing until the fans understand how upset I am that I let my frustration get the best of me. I don't want my entire career to be known for three seconds of anger.''

Nick Castellanos hit a solo homer in the fourth for Detroit. He also had a two-out RBI single in the Tigers' two-run seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Seattle: Cano was back in the starting lineup one day after fouling a pitch off his foot. Cano played several more innings after the painful foul ball, only leaving when the Mariners built a comfortable lead, and was fine to play against Price.

Detroit: Cabrera needed the attention of Tigers trainer Kevin Rand after taking a Hernandez fastball just above the left elbow. The impact caused Cabrera's hand to go numb - a day after he had stayed in Friday's series opener after injuring this thumb on the first play of the game - but he stayed in the game after a short delay.

UP NEXT

The three-game series concludes with rookie Robbie Ray (1-2, 5.31 ERA) facing Seattle's Chris Young (11-6, 3.20 ERA). Ray, acquired in the Doug Fister trade last winter, is in his second stint with the Tigers, both to replace Anibal Sanchez in the rotation.

Young has never lost to Detroit in three career starts, going 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA.

BIG CROWD

The Hernandez-Price matchup, plus a post-game fireworks show, drew a sold-out crowd of 43,833 - Detroit's sixth straight sellout.

ROSTER MOVE

The Tigers purchased the contract of reliever Jim Johnson from Triple-A Toledo and sent Melvin Mercedes back to the Mud Hens. Johnson posted 101 saves for Baltimore in the last two seasons, but he struggled with Oakland and was released on August 1.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

D. Price
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 3
K 7
Detroit

N. Castellanos
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Austin Jackson, CF4110013.267.325.381
Dustin Ackley, LF4000024.249.294.379
Robinson Cano, 2B4111000.330.397.474
Kendrys Morales, DH3010100.223.260.328
Chris Denorfia, RF3000002.236.288.305
   a-Endy Chavez, PH1011000.272.300.367
Kyle Seager, 3B3000101.275.344.473
Mike Zunino, C3000031.208.261.425
Logan Morrison, 1B3010000.233.286.361
Chris Taylor, SS2000110.370.426.463
Felix Hernandez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brandon Maurer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joe Beimel, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3025237    
a-singled for Denorfia in the 9th
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (27, Price)
RBI - Robinson Cano (68), Endy Chavez (16)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Chris Taylor (5, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Mike Zunino (5)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez (L,13-4) 5722031 1.99
Brandon Maurer 1.2422110 5.24
Joe Beimel 1.1100010 1.23
IBB - Martinez by Brandon Maurer
HBP - Cabrera (by Felix Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 92-63, Brandon Maurer 42-25, Joe Beimel 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 8-4, Brandon Maurer 1-4, Joe Beimel 1-2
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 23, Brandon Maurer 11, Joe Beimel 5
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5010023.284.316.420
Ezequiel Carrera, CF5000001.222.276.370
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4120001.311.373.514
Victor Martinez, DH3120101.324.391.547
Torii Hunter, RF4010015.271.308.446
J.D. Martinez, LF4121002.305.349.560
   Rajai Davis, LF0000000.290.326.417
Nick Castellanos, 3B4122011.264.313.424
   Don Kelly, 3B0000000.250.321.290
Alex Avila, C4010013.223.324.384
Eugenio Suarez, SS4011000.236.313.362
David Price, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joe Nathan, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals37412415    
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (40, Maurer)
HR - Nick Castellanos (10, Hernandez)
RBI - J.D. Martinez (54), Nick Castellanos 2 (50), Eugenio Suarez (15)
2-OUT RBI - J.D. Martinez (23), Nick Castellanos (21)
SB - J.D. Martinez (5, 2nd base off Hernandez/Zunino)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Suarez-Kinsler-Cabrera, Suarez-Kinsler-Cabrera-Cabrera-Suarez
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price (W,12-8) 8311370 3.12
Joe Nathan (S,25) 1211000 5.20
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 110-70, Joe Nathan 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 11-5, Joe Nathan 2-0
Batters Faced - David Price 29, Joe Nathan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43833
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Stuart Scheurwater, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Jim Wolf