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).




Austin JacksonCF500000102.267
Dustin AckleyLF401000011.252
Robinson Canó2B422110101.330
James JonesRF000000000.257
Kendrys MoralesDH400000001.221
Kyle Seager3B412100100.277
Mike ZuninoC310000202.210
Logan Morrison1B422100000.231
Endy ChávezRF301100000.268
Brad Miller2B111000000.203
Chris TaylorSS302101100.385


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


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)


E – C Taylor (4, field); J Paxton (2, throw)

DP – 1 (C Taylor-R Cano-L Morrison)


Rajai DavisCF411000101.290
Ian Kinsler2B400100001.285
Miguel Cabrera1B312001100.309
Víctor MartínezDH401100001.322
Torii HunterRF300001103.271
J.D. MartínezLF401000001.302
Nick Castellanos3B400000101.262
Bryan HoladayC400000101.239
Eugenio SuárezSS301000100.235


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


E – E Suarez (7, throw)

DP – 2 (E Suarez-I Kinsler-M Cabrera, N Castellanos-M Cabrera)



James Paxton(W, 3-0)6.05111200.942.20
Tom Wilhelmsen1.00000200.982.25
Dominic Leone1.01111101.222.20
Danny Farquhar1.00000101.122.61


Rick Porcello(L, 13-8)6.010650311.163.28
Melvin Mercedes2.00000200.000.00
Ian Krol1.01111101.594.78

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.