Backed by strong pitching, early hitting and Mariners miscues, the Detroit Tigers moved into a tie for first place in the American League Central with a 8-1 win on Saturday evening at Comerica Park. It is the first time this season the Tigers have been atop the division standings.

Against the Tigers on April 28, Mariners starter Michael Pineda gave up two runs on four hits in six innings. His performance Saturday was similar early on, but mistakes by the Mariners on both offense and defense proved costly, and the Mariners could not come back.

With two outs in the first inning, Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch singled to right field. Pineda then threw a wild pitch to advance Boesch to second before hitting Miguel Cabrera with a pitch. A single from designated hitter Victor Martinez gave the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.

On Pineda's next pitch, Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo threw to third base, hoping to catch Cabrera off the bag. But the throw went into left field, and Cabrera came in to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers tacked onto their lead in the second inning with an RBI triple from Austin Jackson.

In the top of the fifth and with designated hitter Mike Carp on first base, Mariners third baseman Chone Figgins hit a line drive at Tigers second baseman Ramon Santiago. The ball got past Santiago, much to the surprise of Carp, who was forced out at second on a throw from Boesch. The next batter, outfielder Greg Halman, hit an infield single, but Figgins got too aggressive, rounding second base and getting tagged out in a rundown between second and third.

Jhonny Peralta added to the Tigers' lead in the sixth inning with a two-run home run of Pineda, who was done after 5 1/3 innings.

The Tigers tacked on another run in the seventh inning when Boesch, who is hitting .439 in June, led off with a double and was scored on a double by Martinez to take a 7-1 lead.

In the eighth, Jackson tripled and came home on Don Kelly's single.