They didn't get a good start, so the Tigers were unable to expand on their four-game winning streak.
Detroit had risen from four games under .500 (3-7) to two games over before Seattle trounced the Tigers 7-3 on Tuesday. Most of that rise came on the strength of starting pitching.
The Tigers' starters had a 3.05 ERA in their previous 18 games before left-hander Phil Coke gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Mariners.
"Phil had a rough outing," manager Jim Leyland said. "He just didn't locate his fastball very well. And when he made a bad pitch, they hit him."
"At the end of the day, that will be the key for everybody (in baseball), consistent starting pitching," Leyland said. "Using your bullpen because you want to, not because you have to. All those things go hand in hand."
Copyright (C) 2011 The Sports Xchange. All Rights Reserved.
New Era Detroit Tigers Hat
$27.95 Shop Now!