Mariners beat Tigers 9-5 for doubleheader split
DETROIT (AP) — Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Seattle Mariners slugged their way to a 9-5 victory over Detroit on Saturday night, salvaging a split of their doubleheader with the Tigers.
Detroit won the opener 4-3, thanks in part to a terrific catch by center fielder JaCoby Jones in the ninth inning. The nightcap didn't go nearly as well for the Tigers. Nicholas Castellanos left in the second inning because of an injured finger on his left hand, and manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the fifth.
Cano and Ryon Healy homered for the Mariners in the second game, and John Hicks went deep for the Tigers. Detroit's Jose Iglesias hit a two-run shot in the first game.
Matthew Boyd (2-3) allowed three runs and three hits in six-plus innings for the Tigers in the opener. Detroit broke a 1-all tie in the sixth against Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (3-3). With two out and nobody on, Jones hit a hard grounder that bounced off the left leg of third baseman Kyle Seager and into foul territory for a double. Grayson Greiner followed with a single to right, and Jones scored on a very close play at the plate.
The Mariners didn't challenge the call, and their inning quickly became even worse when Iglesias hit a drive to left that gave Detroit a 4-1 lead.
"It needed to be challenged after the fact when I saw it," said bench coach Manny Acta, who was filling in for Scott Servais as Seattle's manager. "We had a miscommunication over the phone about it and I'm not going to point fingers. We lose as a team. It shouldn't happen but it did."
Acta was managing because Servais was away to watch his daughter receive a master's degree at Mississippi.
Three relievers finished the game for Detroit, with Shane Greene pitching the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances. After a one-out walk, Jones made a diving catch of Healy's sinking liner. Mike Zunino followed with a single, putting men on first and third, and another walk loaded the bases.
Dee Gordon grounded out to first to end it.
In the second game, Healy's two-run homer off Michael Fulmer (1-3) put Seattle up 3-2 in the fourth, and Cano made it 6-2 in the fifth with his fourth home run of the season.
Felix Hernandez (5-3) got the win but labored through five innings, allowing five runs and eight hits. He struck out seven and walked two.
The teams were rained out Friday night, forcing the Tigers to play a doubleheader for the fourth time this season.
Detroit purchased the contract of right-hander Louis Coleman from Triple-A Toledo. To create room on the 40-man roster, the Tigers designated left-hander Chad Bell for assignment. Detroit also recalled left-hander Ryan Carpenter from Toledo to be the 26th man for the second game of the doubleheader.
The Mariners activated right-hander Dan Altavilla from the 10-day disabled list before the second game. With Acta managing, Ichiro Suzuki served as Seattle's bench coach for the doubleheader.
Mariners: Seager was able to play on after Jones' double off his leg in the first game.
Tigers: Castellanos was hit by a pitch in the first inning of the nightcap. He stayed in until the bottom of the second, when he was removed for a pinch hitter. The team described his injury as a contusion.
Seattle's James Paxton (2-1) takes the mound Sunday for the first time since throwing a no-hitter Tuesday at Toronto. Blaine Hardy (0-0) starts for the Tigers.