Aug 15, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon (23) and center fielder Austin Jackson (16) shake hands after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Seattle won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners Win Opener In Detroit, Regain Wild-Card Spot

To say that the Seattle Mariners have been up to the challenge of late would be a vast understatement. After sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays at home, the Mariners took game one of a crucial three-game series in Detroit, 7-2.

In doing so, the Mariners swapped places with the Tigers, reclaiming the 2nd wild-card spot by a half game over Detroit.

James Paxton pitched six innings allowing just one earned run to move to 3-0 on the season and remain unbeaten at the Major League level.

The Mariners played a lot of small ball Friday, collecting 10 hits and scoring six runs (five earned) off Rick Porcello who had given up only four earned runs in his previous four starts combined.

Robinson Cano hit his 11th homer of the season, but the other runs were scored off singles, a double play and a double steal.

The win for Seattle is their 5th straight and 9th in their last 11.

Game two Saturday is the marquee matchup as Felix Hernandez squares off against David Price. Felix is undefeated at Comerica Park (9-0 in 11 games).

BOX SCORE

Batting

Seattle

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Austin JacksonCF 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .267
Dustin AckleyLF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .252
Robinson Canó2B 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 .330
James JonesRF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .257
Kendrys MoralesDH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .221
Kyle Seager3B 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .277
Mike ZuninoC 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 .210
Logan Morrison1B 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Endy ChávezRF 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .268
Brad Miller2B 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .203
Chris TaylorSS 3 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 .385
Totals 35 7 11 5 1 1 6 1 7
Batting
2B – L Morrison (10, R Porcello)
3B – B Miller (3, I Krol)
HR – R Cano (11, 3rd inning off R Porcello 0 on, 0 Out)
RBI – R Cano (67), K Seager (74), L Morrison (24), E Chavez (15), C Taylor (4)
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Ackley 1, K Morales 1
GIDP – A Jackson, M Zunino
Team LOB – 3
Running
SB – D Ackley (6, 2nd base off R Porcello/B Holaday)
CS – A Jackson (5, 2nd base by R Porcello/B Holaday), C Taylor (1, 2nd base by I Krol/B Holaday)
Fielding
E – C Taylor (4, field); J Paxton (2, throw)
DP – 1 (C Taylor-R Cano-L Morrison)

Detroit

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Rajai DavisCF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .290
Ian Kinsler2B 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .285
Miguel Cabrera1B 3 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .309
Víctor MartínezDH 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .322
Torii HunterRF 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 .271
J.D. MartínezLF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .302
Nick Castellanos3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .262
Bryan HoladayC 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .239
Eugenio SuárezSS 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .235
Totals 33 2 6 2 0 2 6 0 9
Batting
2B – M Cabrera 2 (39, J Paxton 2)
3B – R Davis (2, J Paxton)
RBI – I Kinsler (64), V Martinez (72)
2-out RBI – V Martinez
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – V Martinez 1, T Hunter 1, J Martinez 1
GIDP – B Holaday
Team LOB – 6
Fielding
E – E Suarez (7, throw)
DP – 2 (E Suarez-I Kinsler-M Cabrera, N Castellanos-M Cabrera)

Pitching

Seattle

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
James Paxton(W, 3-0) 6.0 5 1 1 1 2 0 0.94 2.20
Tom Wilhelmsen 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.98 2.25
Dominic Leone 1.0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1.22 2.20
Danny Farquhar 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.12 2.61

Detroit

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Rick Porcello(L, 13-8) 6.0 10 6 5 0 3 1 1.16 3.28
Melvin Mercedes 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00
Ian Krol 1.0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1.59 4.78
WP – D Leone
HBP – M Zunino (by R Porcello)
Pitches-strikes – J Paxton 99-61; T Wilhelmsen 10-9; D Leone 24-15; D Farquhar 9-7; R Porcello 100-66; M Mercedes 23-14; I Krol 19-12
Ground balls-fly balls – J Paxton 11-3; T Wilhelmsen 0-1; D Leone 2-1; D Farquhar 1-1; R Porcello 14-4; M Mercedes 3-1; I Krol 1-0
Batters faced – J Paxton 24; T Wilhelmsen 3; D Leone 5; D Farquhar 3; R Porcello 27; M Mercedes 6; I Krol 4
Game Details
Game Time: 2:51.
Umpires: HP–Jim Wolf. 1B–Tony Randazzo. 2B–Stu Scheurwater. 3B–Brian Gorman.
Weather: 76 degrees, Clear.
Wind: 13 mph, Out to Center.
Attendance: 42,385.

 

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