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Live updates: Tigers beat M's, 5-4

The Detroit News
Alfredo Simon

Tigers take Game 1 against Mariners

The Tigers' stay below the .500 mark lasted one game. Well, this time, at least.

Ian Kinsler hit two homers, including a clutch, two-run shot in the eighth inning as the Tigers took the opener against the Mariners, 5-4, on Monday night before 34,353 at Comerica Park.

Kinsler hit a solo shot in the first inning, then launched a bomb off Mariners reliever Mark Lowe to give the Tigers the lead in the eighth inning. That was the first homer allowed by Lowe (0-1) all season).

Those were homers Nos. 4 and 5 for Kinsler.

Their other two runs scored on a two-run double by James McCann in the second inning.

Al Alburquerque (1-0), with a two-strikeout eighth inning, got the win, and Joakim Soria earned his 21st save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

These two teams get back at it at 7:08 Tuesday night at Comerica Park. Shane Greene goes for Detroit and Taijuan Walker goes for Seattle.

Kinsler's second homer puts Tigers up, 5-4

It's a nice-sized crowd tonight, for a Monday, with the Tigers struggling. Some 35,000 showed up on David Price Bobblehead Night.

But it was a quiet crowd, too -- thanks to a whopping four hits off Mariners starters J.A. Happ.

That crowd finally came alive in the eighth inning, when Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer off reliever Mark Lowe to put the Tigers up 5-4. It was Kinsler's second homer of the night; he also homered in the first.

Jose Iglesias laced a one-out double, and with two outs, Kinsler brought the crowd to its feet.

That puts the Tigers up 5-4, with Joakim Soria coming on to try and close it.

Mariners jump back in front

Brad Ausmus stuck with Alfredo Simon. He probably shouldn't have.

Simon has played with fire all game long; even many of his outs were smashed balls.

He gave up a two-run single to Mike Zunino -- the same guy who doubled off him earlier -- in the top of the sixth inning as the Mariners jumped back in front of the Tigers, 4-3.

Ausmus came jumping out of the dugout to take Simon out; he was replace by Blaine Hardy.

Ex-Tiger Austin Jackson led off with a single and stole second. With two out, a wild pitch moved him to third, and he scored on the Zunino single.

Cano's homer ties it at 3

The Tigers and Mariners always seem to play close games.

They're at it again tonight.

Seattle tied it at 3 in the fifth inning when slugger Robinson Cano hit a bullet out for a home run to left field off Detroit starter Alfredo Simon, who's been living dangerously all night.

Detroit took the 3-2 lead in the second inning on a two-run double by James McCann. That scored J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos, who drew walks against Mariners starter J.A. Happ.

McCann is having a heck of a rookie season, a nice platoon partner with Alex Avila.

Mariners take the lead right back

Tigers starter Alfredo Simon hasn't been good for quite a while.

He's not looking good again Monday night.

The Mariners loaded the bases with one out against Simon, who then allowed a long, two-run double to center by Mariners catcher Mike Zunino. He came into the game batting .158 before drilling that ball over Rajai Davis' head.

That made it 2-1 Mariners, and that's where it stayed.

Simon came back to get Brad Miller to fly out to shallow left, and Kyle Seager to ground back to the mound.

Kinsler gives Tigers lead

If the first series after the All-Star break was an important one for the Tigers, this one against the Mariners is really important.

It's a beatable team, a chance for a sweep -- and a chance for the Tigers to get closer in the wild-card race.

They took the early 1-0 lead in the first inning Monday night at Comerica Park, where Ian Kinsler hit his fourth homer of the season. It came against Mariners lefty J.A. Happ.

The Tigers entered this game having lost two straight series, a four-gamer against the Twins right before the break and a three-gamer against the Orioles right after the break.

Castellanos back in action

Nick Castellanos, one day after taking a hard grounder off the face, is in the lineup Monday night as the Tigers open a four-game series against the Mariners at Comerica Park. First pitch is 7:08 p.m.

Castellanos is playing third base and batting seventh in manager Brad Ausmus' lineup.

Castellanos was supposed to have the day off Sunday, but had to be inserted when Ian Kinsler was ejected from the game.

In the fifth inning, the Orioles' Adam Jones mashed a grounder to third, which deflected off Castellanos' right hand and then into the side of his face.

X-rays were negative but Castellanos' face was swollen after the game.

Alfredo Simon (8-6, 4.53 ERA) starts for the Tigers while J.A. Happ goes for the Mariners on Monday.

TIGERS LINEUP

1. Rajai Davis, CF

2. Ian Kinsler, 2B

3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Jefry Marte, 1B

7. Nick Castellanos, 3B

8. James McCann, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Alfredo Simon, RHP

MARINERS LINEUP

1. Brad Miller, SS

2. Kyle Seager, 3B

3. Nelson Cruz, RF

4. Robinson Cano, 2B

5. Seth Smith, LF

6. Austin Jackson, CF

7. Mark Trumbo, DH

8. Logan Morrison, 1B

9. Mike Zunino, C

J.A. Happ, LHP