Neither Jason Johnson or Jamie Moyer impressed on Saturday night. Neither could do much, as the opponent's offense hit both hard. Johnson made it just 1 1/3 innings before being pulled (after giving up 3 runs), while Moyer would make it 4 1/3 innings, but allowed 7 runs to score.
The bullpens couldn't fare much better, as both allowed more runs to come in, allowing the score to reach the 10-10 tie that sent it into extra innings.
But in this is where the Tigers buckled down, sending their top two relievers (Ugueth Urbina and Jamie Walker) out for the final 3 innings. Where these two succeeded, Seattle failed, and the Tigers got the win because of it. Walker got the win to go 2-4 on the year, while Scott Atchinson took the loss, his first on the season.
Offensively, the Tigers were led by their All Stars, Carlos Guillen and Ivan Rodriguez. Guillen went 2-for-6 with 2 runs, 2 stolen bases and 6 RBI. Rodriguez went 4-for-5 with 2 runs and an RBI. Carlos Pena also chipped in big, going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI, including his 18th Home Run of the season.
The Mariners were led by their Outfield. Randy Winn had a huge game, going 5-for-6 with 4 RBI. Ichiro Suzuki produced as well, going 4-for-7 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. LF Raul Ibanez also added a Home Run, his 14th on the season.
The Tigers, once again attempting to creep back to .500, are now just 6 games under, and 3 games behind the White Sox for 3rd place in the division. They'll try and complete the sweep of the Mariners on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park, when Mike Maroth faces Gil Meche. First pitch is slated for 1:05pm.