The Mariners scored three runs in the ninth inning Monday night for a dramatic 3-2 win over the Tigers, their third straight victory.
Detroit’s Octavio Dotel entered the game with a 2-0 lead in the ninth, but quickly issued free passes to Brendan Ryan and Ichiro Suzuki. Both moved up a base on a wild pitch to Jesus Montero. Dotel then threw the ball to the backstop again, scoring Ryan from third.
After Montero doubled off the center-field wall, scoring Ichiro, Kyle Seager bunted pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki to third. John Jaso then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, and Kawasaki avoided the tag by Tigers catcher Alex Avila to score the winning run.
The comeback came after starter Blake Beavan was forced to exit with a right elbow contusion after being hit by a line drive in the third inning.
With runners on the corners and one out in the third, Miguel Cabrera hit a line drive back up the middle, ricocheting off Beavan. Third baseman Kyle Seager picked up the ball and threw to second to initiate an inning-ending double play, but Beavan's night was done.
Hisashi Iwakuma threw well in three innings of relief after running into trouble when he entered the game. With two outs in the fourth, Brennan Boesch singled home Prince Fielder from third to put the Tigers up, 2-0. Iwakuma escaped further damage when, with two on base, a Ryan Raburn drive landed inches foul down the left-field line. Raburn eventually struck out looking.
The Tigers jumped out to the early lead, as Andy Dirks lined a one-out double into the left-center-field gap in the first. Fielder brought him home with a towering pop fly that bounced off the glove of a sliding Ryan, who had raced into shallow left field from shortstop. A hustling Fielder was credited with an RBI double.
In his first start against his former team, Doug Fister -- who was traded to Detroit last July 30 -- kept the Mariners at bay. Reinstated from the disabled list earlier Monday, the lanky right-hander pitched efficiently, needing just 73 pitches in seven innings of work. He scattered four hits, struck out three and did not issue a free pass.
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