Tigers too Much for Mariners, win 8-3

Metro Detroit was blanketed by rain on Friday, but it cleared up as the evening came, and the Tigers and Mariners got their game in. And the Tigers definitely came ready to play, as they got their series off with Seattle on a good note, led by Nate Robertson who pitched 7 solid innings to get his 10th win on the season.

Nate Robertson has had a rough past few outings, so Robertson needed to come out and give the Tigers a good start, not only to put the team in position to win, but to settle fears that he might be unraveling as the season progresses.

Well, Robertson put those fears to rest, as he pitched 7 innings, giving up just 2 runs on 6 hits with 4 strikeouts. Robertson became the 2nd Tiger pitcher to earn double digit wins this season, Mike Maroth being the first.

Esteban Yan and Jamie Walker each pitched an inning to finish off the Mariners.

The Mariners rotation was pushed back a day after being rained out on Thursday, so Ron Villone started in place of Jamie Moyer. Villone didn't have his best for the Tigers, as he gave up 5 runs in 6 innings.

The Tigers star was Craig Monroe, who had a huge game at the plate. He went 4-for-5 with 2 runs and an RBI, including his 8th Home Run. Brandon Inge went 2-for-3 with 2 runs and 2 RBI, and Ivan Rodriguez, who has been slumping in the 2nd half of the season, had a good game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Ichiro Suzuki got 3 hits for the Mariners, but it wasn't enough to keep up with the Tigers on Friday night. Randy Winn also had his 10th Home Run.

The two teams face off again on Saturday night at 7:05pm at Comerica Park. The Tigers, at 57-64, will send Jason Johnson out to face Jamie Moyer for Seattle.

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