Live updates: Tigers pull within 11-9 heading to 9th
Tigers pull within 11-9 heading to 9th
After giving up the lead in the top of the eighth, the Tigers scratched a run across after Ian Kinsler's leadoff double. He moved to third then scored after a pair of wild pitches by Mariners reliever Fernando Rodney. Victor Martinez added a two-out single but the Tigers couldn't add to the momentum, heading to the ninth.
Mariners surge ahead after grand slam
The Tigers looked to be in control in the eighth inning, clinging to an 8-6 lead and Neftali Feliz on the mound. But the Mariners used three singles to load the bases and Austin Jackson scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to one. Seth Smith was intentionally walked to reload the bases and Mariners manager chose Franklin Gutierrez as a pinch-hitter.
It proved to be the right choice.
Gutierrez blasted a grand slam to right field -- his second career grand slam and the second pinch-hit grand slam in franchise history -- to push the Mariners to an 11-8 lead. It's another unlikely turn in a topsy-turvy game that the Tigers trailed, 5-1, in the third.
Castellanos HR pushes Tigers lead to 8-6
The Mariners inched closer, but the Tigers widened their lead behind Nick Castellanos, who hit a home run to right field off Tom Wilhelmsen in the seventh. It's the third home run for the Tigers tonight, boosting their huge comeback, after trailing, 5-1, in the third.
Mariners cut Tigers lead to 7-6 in 6th
The back-and-forth continues, as the Mariners scored a run in the sixth to cut the deficit to 7-6. Austin Jackson had an RBI single, scoring Logan Morrison, who led off with a single and Mike Zunino followed with a double. Al Alburquerque entered in relief and got Nelson Cruz to end the threat with a grounder to short.
It's another gutty performance by the bullpen, who saved the Tigers last night by shutting down the Mariners' offense for the last three-plus innings.
Tigers rally to 7-5 lead in 6th
After Cespedes' home run pulled them within a run, the Tigers moved ahead after Alex Avila walked to load the bases and Andrew Romine reached on an infield single, scoring a run and leaving the bases loaded for a 6-5 lead. Anthony Gose followed with a walk and another RBI for the 7-5 margin. Shane Greene got off the hook and will get no decision, while the Tigers try to win their second straight -- only if the bullpen can hold the lead.
Cespedes' 2-run HR ties it at 5
After trailing, 5-1, in the third, the Tigers have rallied, behind a pair of 2-run home runs by J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes, to tie the Mariners at 5-5 in the fifth.
Much like last night's improbable late heroics by Ian Kinsler, the Tigers today have erased a four-run deficit and have pulled even. Taijuan Walker served up Cespedes' home run after Ian Kinsler's single and Martinez and Cespedes added singles to keep the threat alive.
Shane Greene done but Tigers still close
After giving up a two-out double to Robinson Cano in the fifth, Shane Greene intentionally walked Seth Smith and gave way to Blaine Hardy in the bullpen. The Tigers closed the gap It was another disappointing outing for Greene (4 2/3 innings, six hits, five earned runs, two walks and a strikeout) but he looked to be comfortable during a streak of retiring eight straight batters, which ended with Cano's double.
There's certainly more to work on, after he had his sixth game of at least four earned runs allowed.
J.D. Martinez goes waaay out
After Nelson Cruz crushed a home run to center field -- estimated at 455 feet -- in the top of the third, the Tigers closed the gap on J.D. Martinez's mammoth blast in the bottom of the inning. Cruz's shot went to the second level of bushes in straightaway center, but Martinez's went off the roof of the camera well -- and was estimated at 467 feet. That's the longest home run at Comerica Park this season -- and one of the longest ever in the home park.
The home run -- Martinez's 27th -- cut the Mariners' lead to 5-3, also scoring Victor Martinez, who was hit by a pitch, and gave Shane Greene some hope, if he can start to settle in.
Tigers cut lead to 4-1
After J.D. Martinez reached on an error and Nick Castellanos singled, Alex Avile got the Tigers on the scoreboard with an RBI single up the middle, trimming the lead to 4-1. The Tigers had a chance to add on to the rally but Andrew Romine lined out to shortstop and Anthony Gose popped out to end the threat.
Shane Greene had a better second inning, needing only 11 pitches, but he'll need to buckle down and hope that the Tigers' offense can bail him out after a horrid first inning.
Shane Greene still shaky
After almost a month out of the rotation to work on his mechanics and get things right, Shane Greene had another terrible outing on July 12, giving up seven earned runs on seven hits, in just 4 2/3 innings.
His first inning on Tuesday didn't give warm, fuzzy feelings that he was starting to put the pieces back together, either. After a one-out walk to Kyle Seager, Greene hit Nelson Cruz on the hand, putting himself into an instant jam. Robinson Cano followed with an RBI single that got past Ian Kinsler and Seth Smith added an RBI double to deep center field, giving the Mariners a 2-0 lead.
Cano scored on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Ackley and Brad Miller followed win an RBI single to score Smith, staking Mariners starter Taijuan Walker to a 4-0 lead. Nothing looks changed for Greene and the Tigers got the bullpen started already. A start like this is going to tilt the nightly buy-sell pendulum back to "sell" -- that is, until Anibal Sanchez's start tomorrow.
Andrew Romine will start at short in place of Jose Iglesias, who is out ill, as the Tigers continue their four-game series with the Mariners Tuesday at Comerica Park (FSD/1270 AM and 97.1 FM). First pitch is 7:08.
Romine is batting .301 and will hit in No. 8 spot. He's hit safely in nine of last 15 games and is batting .364 (12-for-33)during that span..
Right-hander Shane Greene (4-7, 6.32 ERA) starts for Detroit. Right-hander Taijuan Walker (7-7, 4.84) goes for Seattle.
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Kyle Seager, 3B
3. Nelson Cruz, DH
4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Seth Smith, RF
6. Dustin Ackley, LF
7. Brad Miller, SS
8. Logan Morrison, 1B
9. Mike Zunino, C
SP - Taijuan Walker
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
3. Victor Martinez, DH
4. J.D. Martinez, RF
5. Marc Krauss, 1B
6. Nick Castellanos. 3B
7. Alex Avila, C
8. Andrew Romine, SS
9. Anthony Gose, CF
SP - Shane Greene