Live Tigers blog: Tigers sink Mariners, 4-2

Al Willman, The Detroit News
Justin Verlander throws a pitch against the Mariners at Comerica Park Tuesday.

The Tigers won their second straight game, Tuesday, 4-2 over the Mariners.

Mike Aviles (2-for-4) hit the go-ahead infield single for the Tigers in the bottom of the eighth, before James McCann hit a sacrifice fly increasing their lead. The Mariners attempted a rally in the top of the ninth, putting runners at the corners with two outs, but closer Francisco Rodriguez quashed it, earning the save. 

Justin Verlander started for the Tigers, going seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out five and walking one. 

James Paxton started for the Mariners. He went 7 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits while striking out five and walking three.

The two teams continue their series tomorrow. First pitch is set for 7:05.

Bottom 8th: Tigers take lead

The Tigers' answer to Mariners starter James Paxton may well have been patience. After putting runners at second and third with one out, Paxton intentionally walked Justin Upton to load the bases. The next batter, Mike Aviles, scored Andrew Romine -- pinch-running for Victor Martinez, who singled and then advanced to third on a Nick Castellanos double -- on an infield single, giving the Tigers the lead. James McCann followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Castellanos. That chased Paxton. Edwin Diaz, the new pitcher, hit Jose Iglesias -- reloading the bases. Ian Kinsler struck out to end the inning, but the Tigers lead 4-2 after eight. 

Paxton went 7 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits while striking out five and walking three.

Top 8th: Iglesias gets redemption

After just missing the throw that would have ended the top of the seventh, Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias -- who scored the tying run a half inning later -- started the double play that ended the top of the eighth. After Nelson Cruz hit the ball between short and third, Iglesias, ranging to his right, was able to field the ball and get it to Ian Kinsler -- retiring Robinson Cano -- who then threw to first to get Cruz. After seven and a half innings, the Tigers and Mariners are tied, 2-2.

Bottom 7th: Tigers tie game with 2 outs

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tigers got to Mariners starter James Paxton. Jose Iglesias singled, advanced to second on a ball in the dirt and then scored on a single from Ian Kinsler -- who took second on an errant throw home from Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz. Cameron Maybin grounded out to short to end the inning, but after seven, the Tigers and Mariners are tied, 2-2.

Top 7th: JV dealing, strands one

Tigers starter Justin Verlander was one pitch from a 1-2-3 seventh inning, and shortstop Jose Iglesias did his best to give that to him. However, Mariners left fielder Nori Aoki beat out the throw from Iglesias -- who dove to stop the ground ball from getting through. Aoki was stranded at first, as Verlander retired Leonys Martin. After six and a half innings, the Tigers trail 2-1.

Bottom 6th: Tigers get on the board

After Cameron Maybin singled and Miguel Cabrera walked, putting two on with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Tigers appeared to be threatening. Victor Martinez grounded into a 5-4-3 double play -- started by an impressive dive by Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager -- that advanced Maybin to third base. Nick Castellanos singled in Maybin, putting the Tigers on the board. After six, the Mariners lead the Tigers, 2-1.

Top 6th: M's break scoreless tie

With two on (Robinson Cano single with one out), two outs and a full count in the top of the sixth inning, Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager crushed a two-run home run to right field, breaking the 0-0 tie. Tigers starter Justin Verlander got the third out without further trouble, but after five and a half, the Mariners have a 2-0 lead over the Tigers. 

Bottom 5th: McCann singles, stranded

James McCann singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, but that was the only offense for the Tigers against Mariners starter James Paxton -- who is dealing. With strikeouts of Mike Aviles and Ian Kinsler, Paxton now has five strikeouts in five innings, while only allowing four hits and a walk. After five, the game remains scoreless.

Top 5th: JV allows hit, strands runner

For the third inning in a row, Tigers starter Justin Verlander gave up a hit, and had the runner end up in scoring position. Also for the third consecutive inning, Verlander stranded the runner. While both teams have scattered hits so far, neither has broken the game open -- or really gotten to the opposing pitcher in any significant manner. After four and a half, the Tigers and Mariners remain scoreless.

Bottom 4th: Tigers go 1-2-3

Mariners starter James Paxton has worked himself into a groove through four innings. For the first time, he set the Tigers down in order. Victor Martinez grounded out to third base, before Nick Castellanos flew out to right field. Justin Upton -- who has one of the team's three hits so far -- struck out to end the inning. After four, the Tigers and Mariners are scoreless.

Top 4th: JV strands another double

Tigers starter Justin Verlander gave up another leadoff double in the fourth inning -- this time to Robinson Cano. Yet again, the crafty right-hander stranded the baserunner, and maintaining the scoreless tie. The Tigers come to bat in the fourth, sending Victor Martinez (0-for-1), Nick Castellanos (0-for-1) and Justin Upton (1-for-1) to the plate against Mariners starter James Paxton.

Bottom 3rd: Tigers hit into DP

For the second straight inning, the Tigers fell victim to an inning-ending double play. This time, it came off the bat of Miguel Cabrera, after Ian Kinsler singled and Cameron Maybin walked -- putting two on, also for the second inning in a row. After three, the game is still scoreless.

Top 3rd: JV strands runner at third

Tigers starter Justin Verlander was in a bit of a jam in the top of the third. He allowed a leadoff double to Ketel Marte -- who advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Nori Aoki. Verlander then settled in. He struck out Leonys Martin and Seth Smith swinging to end the inning. After two and a half, the game remains tied at 0.

Bottom 2nd: Tigers put 2 on, don't score

The Tigers, with one out in the bottom of the second inning, tried to get something started. Justin Upton singled -- extending his hitting streak to 11 games -- before Mike Aviles hit a single of his own, putting two on with only one out. Catcher James McCann, starting his third game in a row -- after a pair of extra inning marathons -- grounded into an inning-ending double play, ending the threat. After two, the Tigers and Mariners are scoreless.

Top 2nd: JV works quickly

Tigers starter Justin Verlander worked quickly in the top of the second inning, setting the Mariners down in order. He got Kyle Seager to fly out, before striking out Adam Lind. M's catcher Chris Iannetta -- who spoiled Verlander's no-hit bid as a Los Angeles Angel last August -- fouled out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera to end the half inning. Going to the bottom of the second, the game remains scoreless.

Bottom 1st: Kinsler reaches, stays put

After an error from Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager allowed leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler to reach base, the Tigers were unable to take advantage of the miscue, or of Mariners pitcher James Paxton. Cameron Maybin fouled out on a bunt to Mariners catcher Chris Iannetta, before Miguel Cabrera -- who hit a monster home run onto Adams Street last night -- struck out looking and Victor Martinez flew out. After one inning, the Tigers and Mariners are scoreless.

Top 1st: JV strands Cano

After needing only six pitches to get the first two Mariners out in the top of the first inning, Tigers starter Justin Verlander gave up a walk to Robinson Cano, who advanced to second on a wild pitch with Nelson Cruz at the plate. However, Verlander settled back in, getting Cruz to fly out to center fielder Cameron Maybin. Going to the bottom of the first, the game is scoreless.

How to watch: Tigers vs. Mariners

The Tigers continue their four-game series with the Mariners on Tuesday night at Comerica Park, fresh off a dramatic 8-7 victory featuring a 12th inning  walk-off home run by Justin Upton.

While Upton’s blast supplied the heroics, Miguel Cabrera’s moon launch in the first inning that left Comerica Park provided one of the night’s biggest talking points. The homer to center field was officially measured at 461 feet but probably went 500, if not more, after the ball bounced and went into the street.

"He's special, man," Upton said of Miguel Cabrera. "It's pretty fun to watch."

Lynn Henning shared his thoughts on what a special prospect Steven Moya is to watch and Tuesday's starter Justin Verlander offered his take on the past weekend's U.S. Open.


1. Ian Kinsler,  2B

2. Cameron Maybin,  CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. Nick Castellanos, 3B

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Mike Aviles, RF

8. James McCann, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Justin Verlander, SP


1. Leonys Martin, CF

2. Seth Smith, DH

3. Robinson Cano, 2B

4. Nelson Cruz, RF

5. Kyle Seager, 3B

6. Adam Lind, 1B

7. Chris Iannetta, C

8. Ketel Marte, SS

9. Norichika Aoki, LF

James Paxton, SP


What: Second of a four-game series

When: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Comerica Park

Pitching matchup:  RH Justin Verlander (7-5, 3.87) vs LH James Paxton (1-2, 2.86)

Local TV: FSD

National TV: None

Internet streaming: MLB.TV

Local radio: 97.1 FM

Satellite radio: Sirius, SIRI 212; XM, 181; SiriusXM, 181  (Internet 849)