Mike Zunino continues tear, leads Mariners past Tigers 6-2

SEATTLE (AP) When Mike Zunino was shuttled off to the minors in the early days of May, the Seattle Mariners catcher was hitting .167, had yet to hit a home run and had just two RBIs in 24 games.

That background makes what Zunino has done at the plate over the past month even more stunning, a surge that continued with two more home runs on Monday night in a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Zunino went deep twice, both times two-run shots. They weren't cheap either. The first snapped a 2-all tie in the sixth inning and carried over the bullpens in left field. The second came in the eighth inning, a shot to center field that provided Seattle a bit of cushion.

Since returning from the minors on May 23 with a retooled stance and approach at the plate, Zunino is hitting .338 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs. He's already set a new franchise record for the most RBIs in any month by a catcher.

''To me, it's just trust the routine and trusting the process,'' Zunino said. ''I'm in the cage trying to do the same routine, everything, every day. Trying to be as disciplined as I can in batting practicing, driving the ball the other way, and it's paid off. It's not an easy game. You take at-bats for what they are, and when you get some results, they're nice.''

Guillermo Heredia lined a two-run homer in the fifth inning to pull Seattle even at 2-all, and Zunino's shot an inning later gave Seattle the lead. Quickly behind in the count against Alex Wilson (1-4), Zunino worked it to 3-2 and drove a slider out to left field.

His homer in the eighth came on a 1-0 fastball from Francisco Rodriguez.

The trio of homers handed the Tigers their third straight loss and ninth in the last 13 games.

''We couldn't come up with big hits, and they hit home runs,'' Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said.

While the home runs grabbed the attention, Seattle manager Scott Servais was more pleased with how Zunino handled the pitching staff, especially during a tricky sixth inning. Detroit had the bases loaded with just one out, but James Pazos (2-1) got out of the bases-loaded jam with strikeouts of Mikie Mahtook and Andrew Romine.

Four Seattle relievers combined to hold Detroit to two hits over the final four innings.

''We love the home runs. Believe me, I love them as much as anybody,'' Servais said. ''But taking that next step as far as leading our pitching staff tonight was huge and really came through.''

Heredia's homer was his fifth of the season and the only major mistake by starter Anibal Sanchez. Making his first start of the season, Sanchez scattered five hits over five innings. He pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning but couldn't get through the fifth unscathed.

Sanchez had made 11 appearances as a reliever for Detroit before being sent to Triple-A Toledo and making four starts in the minors.

''Sometimes you need to refresh a lot of things,'' Sanchez said. ''That is what I did in my time in the minor leagues and figure out how I can be successful here.''

FINAL START?

Seattle starter Sam Gaviglio struggled with his control, walking four and letting his pitch count climb early, but avoided any big innings. Gaviglio made it through five innings, allowing just a bases-loaded groundout and Ian Kinsler's RBI double. But Gaviglio's spot on the 25-man roster is uncertain with the return of Felix Hernandez and possibly Hisashi Iwakuma to the rotation later this week.

Gaviglio has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his seven starts. But he's finished six innings only twice.

ON THE FARM

Iwakuma and SS Jean Segura both struggled in their rehab outings at Triple-A Tacoma on Monday. Iwakuma lasted just two innings, giving up four runs and four hits. He was supposed to throw 70 to 75 pitches, but was pulled after throwing just 49. Segura, recovering from a high ankle sprain, played five innings at shortstop and was 0 for 3 at the plate. The Mariners hope to get Segura back later this week.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann (5-5) tries for his fourth straight quality start. Zimmermann threw eight innings in his last outing against Arizona, his longest start in nearly a year.

Mariners: Ariel Miranda (6-3) looks to rebound from a loss in his last start when he allowed 10 hits and six runs. The loss snapped a five-game win streak.

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DET32-37
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SEA35-37
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  • W: J. Pazos (2-1)L: A. Wilson (1-4)
  • HR: SEA - M. Zunino 2 (9), G. Heredia (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B30110200.246.335.379.7145.0
A. Avila C30000124.319.442.5961.0381.0
M. Cabrera 1B40000003.272.371.447.8170.0
J. Martinez DH20000201.294.390.6471.0372.0
J. Upton LF40100001.262.347.489.8361.0
N. Castellanos 3B40100002.230.299.410.7091.0
A. Presley RF20000000.239.300.348.6480.0
a- M. Mahtook RF20000024.241.275.437.712-1.0
A. Romine CF31000113.235.312.346.6581.5
J. Iglesias SS41200000.270.297.382.6803.0
  • a-struck out for Presley in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gamel RF40100011.344.408.462.8700.5
G. Heredia LF41221001.278.333.376.7108.0
R. Cano 2B30000112.286.344.465.8100.5
N. Cruz DH40000012.288.369.517.886-0.5
K. Seager 3B30000101.260.330.408.7381.0
D. Valencia 1B30100110.265.324.415.7391.5
J. Dyson CF42300012.254.333.368.7024.5
M. Zunino C32242012.257.321.500.82114.5
T. Motter SS41100023.201.264.351.6153.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - I. Kinsler (11)
    • RBI - I. Kinsler (15)
    • 2-Out RBI - I. Kinsler (9)
    BATTING
    • HR - G. Heredia (5), M. Zunino 2 (9)
    • RBI - G. Heredia 2 (12), M. Zunino 4 (30)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Zunino 2 (18)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Motter (9)
    FIELDING
    • DP - I. Kinsler, J. Iglesias, M. Cabrera
    FIELDING
    • DP - S. Gaviglio, R. Cano, D. Valencia, T. Motter
    • E - T. Motter (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Sanchez5.05223517.961.967.5
    A. Wilson (L, 1-4)1.02220213.521.17-5.0
    D. Stumpf1.11000005.061.882.0
    F. Rodriguez0.22220116.661.60-3.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Sanchez5.0
    A. Wilson (L, 1-4)1.0
    D. Stumpf1.1
    F. Rodriguez0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Gaviglio5.03224103.431.196.5
    S. Cishek0.11001004.821.07-2.0
    J. Pazos (W, 2-1)1.10000202.011.0211.0
    N. Vincent (H, 8)1.11000101.861.002.5
    E. Diaz1.00001103.251.122.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Gaviglio5.0
    S. Cishek0.1
    J. Pazos (W, 2-1)1.1
    N. Vincent (H, 8)1.1
    E. Diaz1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - A. Sanchez
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 89-50, A. Wilson 20-15, D. Stumpf 18-10, F. Rodriguez 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 2-7, D. Stumpf 1-2
    • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 23, A. Wilson 5, D. Stumpf 4, F. Rodriguez 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Pazos (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 84-46, S. Cishek 19-11, J. Pazos 14-10, N. Vincent 17-13, E. Diaz 15-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 8-4, S. Cishek 2-0, N. Vincent 1-2, E. Diaz 1-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 20, S. Cishek 4, J. Pazos 5, N. Vincent 5, E. Diaz 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    DET32-37
    001010000250
    SEA35-37
    00002202X6101
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B30110200.246.335.379.7145.0
    A. Avila C30000124.319.442.5961.0381.0
    M. Cabrera 1B40000003.272.371.447.8170.0
    J. Martinez DH20000201.294.390.6471.0372.0
    J. Upton LF40100001.262.347.489.8361.0
    N. Castellanos 3B40100002.230.299.410.7091.0
    A. Presley RF20000000.239.300.348.6480.0
    a- M. Mahtook RF20000024.241.275.437.712-1.0
    A. Romine CF31000113.235.312.346.6581.5
    J. Iglesias SS41200000.270.297.382.6803.0
    Total3125106518-----
    • a-struck out for Presley in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gamel RF40100011.344.408.462.8700.5
    G. Heredia LF41221001.278.333.376.7108.0
    R. Cano 2B30000112.286.344.465.8100.5
    N. Cruz DH40000012.288.369.517.886-0.5
    K. Seager 3B30000101.260.330.408.7381.0
    D. Valencia 1B30100110.265.324.415.7391.5
    J. Dyson CF42300012.254.333.368.7024.5
    M. Zunino C32242012.257.321.500.82114.5
    T. Motter SS41100023.201.264.351.6153.0
    Total32610633814-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - I. Kinsler (11)
      • RBI - I. Kinsler (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - I. Kinsler (9)
      BATTING
      • HR - G. Heredia (5), M. Zunino 2 (9)
      • RBI - G. Heredia 2 (12), M. Zunino 4 (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Zunino 2 (18)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Motter (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - I. Kinsler, J. Iglesias, M. Cabrera
      FIELDING
      • DP - S. Gaviglio, R. Cano, D. Valencia, T. Motter
      • E - T. Motter (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez5.05223517.961.967.5
      A. Wilson (L, 1-4)1.02220213.521.17-5.0
      D. Stumpf1.11000005.061.882.0
      F. Rodriguez0.22220116.661.60-3.5
      Total8.01066383---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez5.0
      A. Wilson (L, 1-4)1.0
      D. Stumpf1.1
      F. Rodriguez0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gaviglio5.03224103.431.196.5
      S. Cishek0.11001004.821.07-2.0
      J. Pazos (W, 2-1)1.10000202.011.0211.0
      N. Vincent (H, 8)1.11000101.861.002.5
      E. Diaz1.00001103.251.122.5
      Total9.0522650---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gaviglio5.0
      S. Cishek0.1
      J. Pazos (W, 2-1)1.1
      N. Vincent (H, 8)1.1
      E. Diaz1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Sanchez
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 89-50, A. Wilson 20-15, D. Stumpf 18-10, F. Rodriguez 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 2-7, D. Stumpf 1-2
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 23, A. Wilson 5, D. Stumpf 4, F. Rodriguez 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Pazos (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 84-46, S. Cishek 19-11, J. Pazos 14-10, N. Vincent 17-13, E. Diaz 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 8-4, S. Cishek 2-0, N. Vincent 1-2, E. Diaz 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 20, S. Cishek 4, J. Pazos 5, N. Vincent 5, E. Diaz 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Zunino homered to center, Dyson scored26
      • 6TH INNING
        Zunino homered to left, Dyson scored24
      • 5TH INNING
        Heredia homered to left center, Motter scored22
        Kinsler doubled to deep left, Iglesias scored20
      • 3RD INNING
        Avila grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Romine scored, Iglesias to third, Kinsler out at second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Nick Vincent
        • A. Romine: Ball, Strike looking, Romine grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias lined out to first
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kinsler walked
        • A. Avila: Strike looking, Kinsler to second on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Avila struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • N. Vincent Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez grounded out to first
        • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton lined out to center
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos singled to right
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Stumpf Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Seager flied out to center
        • Francisco Rodriguez relieved Daniel Stumpf
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Valencia flied out to left
        • J. Dyson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Dyson singled to right
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino homered to center, Dyson scored
        • T. Motter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Motter struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Pazos Pitching:
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias flied out to deep center
        • I. Kinsler: Kinsler lined out to right
        • A. Avila: Ball, Avila hit by pitch
        • Nick Vincent relieved James Pazos
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Alex Wilson
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heredia singled to right center
        • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Cano fouled out to third
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cruz grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Heredia out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Steve Cishek relieved Sam Gaviglio
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Upton singled to right, Martinez to second
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Castellanos reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez to third, Upton to second on shortstop Motter fielding error
        • James Pazos relieved Steve Cishek
        • Mikie Mahtook hit for Alex Presley
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mahtook struck out looking
        • A. Romine: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • Alex Wilson relieved Anibal Sanchez
        • Mikie Mahtook in right
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
        • J. Dyson: Strike swinging, Dyson reached on bunt single to second
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Zunino homered to left, Dyson scored
        • T. Motter: Strike swinging, Motter flied out to left
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • A. Presley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Presley grounded out to first
        • A. Romine: Ball, Romine grounded out to first
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias singled to shallow right
        • I. Kinsler: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Kinsler doubled to deep left, Iglesias scored
        • A. Avila: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Avila struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • T. Motter: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Motter reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Gamel flied out to deep left
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Motter stole second, Ball, Heredia homered to left center, Motter scored
        • R. Cano: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cano walked
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Seager popped out to third
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Upton grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Martinez out at second
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cruz grounded out to second
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager popped out to shortstop
        • D. Valencia: Strike swinging, Valencia singled to right center
        • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Dyson singled to shallow center, Valencia to second
        • M. Zunino: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Romine walked
        • J. Iglesias: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Iglesias singled to right, Romine to third
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kinsler walked, Iglesias to second
        • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Avila grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Romine scored, Iglesias to third, Kinsler out at second
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Gamel reached on an infield single to second
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Heredia flied out to deep center
        • R. Cano: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Cano lined into double play second to first, Gamel out at first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Upton grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos grounded out to third
        • A. Presley: Strike looking, Presley grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Cruz flied out to deep right
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Seager walked
        • D. Valencia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Valencia walked, Seager to second
        • J. Dyson: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dyson struck out swinging
        • M. Zunino: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Zunino hit by pitch, Seager to third, Valencia to second
        • T. Motter: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Motter struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kinsler flied out to deep center
        • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Avila walked
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to first, Avila to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gamel popped out to shortstop
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Heredia grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Cano struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)