Jonathan Shoup homedrew and Isaac Paredes hit a go-forward single as the Detroit Tigers rallied from a first-innings deficit and took advantage of three errors to defeat the Seattle Mariners 8–3.
DETROIT – Jonathan Shoop homeraised and Isaac Paredes hit go-forward singles as the Detroit Tigers rallied from a lack of first-innings and took advantage of three errors to beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 on Thursday.
Mitch Hanniger put Seattle forward against Tyler Alexander with the first of his two singles homers, but the Tigers rallied to take two of three from the Mariners, who lost six of nine after a five-game winning streak. Huh.
Tigers manager AJ Hinch said, “We had good batsmen from the beginning of the game and that gave us a chance to settle down.”
Joe Jiménez (1-0) took a 1-2-3 seventh-place finish for his first win since last 26 August. Alex Lang threw an eighth and Gregory Soto took a perfect ninth to finish the six-hitter.
In a planned bullpen game, Alexander allowed one run and three hits in 2 2/3 innings and the reliever allowed three hits over the rest of the game.
Seattle’s Justus Sheffield (5-5) conceded five runs — three earned — and six hits in four innings, his shortest start of 11 this season.
Detroit is 26-36 on aggregate but lost 5-1 against Seattle, only 9-6 on Wednesday.
“We got nothing, and it started on the mound,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Chef wasn’t on his game today – it’s really disappointing to come high last night. For whatever reason, we didn’t play well against the Detroit Tigers this year. He had our number.”
Shortstop Kyle Seeger made two errors and second baseman Donovan Walton made one as Seattle allowed two unearned runs.
Ty France was struck by a pitch in the fifth inning of Jason Foley, becoming the first player in Mariners history to hit the pitch four times in the span of three games. The 25-year-old right-hander made his first appearance at Comerica Field, four days after his major league debut.
Jake Rogers took third but Jake Bauers, making his Mariners debut after a takeover from Cleveland, had an RBI grounder to take a 3-2 lead in the fourth.
Willie Castro’s sacrifice and Robbie Grossman’s RBI single put Detroit 5-2 in fifth place.
“Robby’s homer was tough on him because it allowed us to isolate a little bit. In a bullpen game, you never know how much pitching you’ll have, so you need to score runs,” Hinch said.
Hanniger’s 16th homer closed the gap in sixth place against Foley and gave him his fourth multiple-homer of the season. Grossman hit a homer by two runs in the bottom half, his eighth home run this season.
Rogers tripled home by one run in the seventh.
“You can take as many extra grounds as possible in this ballpark, and we want to put the pressure on the other teams,” Hinch said. “Jake and Jonathan both did it today, and they have no higher than average speed. That’s something we need to do in this park.”
Following injuries to 1b Evan White and OF Kyle Lewis, the Mariners acquired Bauers for either a player’s name or cash. The Bauers went 1 for 4… 2B Jack Mayfield was named for the assignment.
Tigers RHP Ronnie Garcia sprained his knee during the pregame warm-up. He needed assistance from the team’s training staff to get him off the field and was placed on a 10-day injured list. “It doesn’t look good.” Hinch said.
RHP Beau Burroughs was recalled from Triple-A Toledo along with Lang and Of Daz Cameron. OF Derek Hill and LHP Derek Holland were also placed on 10-day IL.
Mariners: RHP Justin Dunn (1-2) makes Friday’s series debut at Cleveland and RHP Aaron Sivale (8-2). He has won three of his last four matches.
Tigers: LHP Tariq Scoble (3-7) begins Friday’s series against the Chicago White Sox and RHP Lucas Giolito (5-5).
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