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Live Tigers blog: Tigers take third in a row over M's, 5-1

Al Willman
The Detroit News
Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers is congratulated by third base coach Dave Clark after hitting a solo home run against the Mariners during the first inning at Comerica Park.

The Tigers won their third straight game over the Mariners on Wednesday, 5-1.

Steven Moya (3-for-4) hit a pair of home runs -- his first multi-homer game of his major league career. Miguel Cabrera also homered for the Tigers in the bottom of the first, putting the Tigers ahead 1-0 -- a lead they would not look back from.

Michael Fulmer started for the Tigers, going 4 1/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits while striking out three and walking one.

The Tigers bullpen pitched 4 2/3 perfect innings, with Kyle Ryan (1 2/3 innings, three strikeouts) getting the win.

Hisashi Iwakuma went 4 2/3 innings for the Mariners, allowing five runs on 11 hits while striking out five and walking three. Mike Montgomery replaced him, going the final 3 1/3 innings and striking out four.

The two teams finish their four-game set tomorrow. First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m.

Bottom 8th: Tigers go quietly

Mariners lefty Mike Montgomery set the Tigers down in order yet again, seemingly finishing a solid outing out of the bullpen. In 3 1/3 innings of relief, he allowed an unearned run on no hits, while striking out four and walking zero. The Mariners are down to their last three outs, as the Tigers lead 5-1.

Top 8th: Bullpen keeps rolling

The Tigers bullpen kept things moving in the top of the eighth, registering another 1-2-3 inning. This time, lefty Justin Wilson set the Mariners down. So far, the Tigers bullpen has thrown 3 2/3 perfect innings, and is holding on to a 5-1 lead.

Bottom 7th: Tigers go in order

The Tigers went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh against Mariners lefty Mike Montgomery -- in his second full inning of work after replacing starter Hisashi Iwakuma with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. After Justin Upton (0-for-4) flew out to center field, Steven Moya and Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging. After seven innings, the Tigers lead 5-1.

Top 7th: Greene stops M's from starting

Tigers right-hander Shane Greene -- replacing lefty Kyle Ryan -- worked quickly in the top of the seventh, needing only eight pitches to set the Mariners down 1-2-3. Steven Moya -- who has two homers for the Tigers today -- bats second in the bottom of the seventh, with a 5-1 lead.

Bottom 6th: Tigers strand 2-out single

The Tigers avoided going in order in the bottom of the sixth, when Victor Martinez -- who was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts -- singled up the middle with two outs. However, that was the only offense for the Tigers in the inning, as Martinez was thrown out at second on a fielder's choice by Nick Castellanos. After six innings, the Tigers are holding on to a 5-1 lead.

Top 6th: Ryan works 1-2-3 inning​

Tigers lefty Kyle Ryan -- who replaced ace Michael Fulmer with one out in the top of the fifth -- set the Mariners down in order in the top of the sixth. After getting Dae-Ho Lee to ground out, he struck out Kyle Seager and Adam Lind to end the inning. Going to the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers lead 5-1, and will send Cameron Maybin (0-for-3), Miguel Cabrera (1-for-1, two walks, HR) and Victor Martinez (0-for-3) to the plate.

Bottom 5th: Moya smacks another one

Tigers right fielder Steven Moya registered a first in the bottom of the fifth inning: He had his first major league multi-homer game. Moya's opposite-field shot with two outs in the fifth gave back the run the Tigers lost in the top of the fifth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked and Jose Iglesias hit an infield single, ending the night for Mariners starter Hisahsi Iwakuma. Mike Montgomery replaced him, striking out Ian Kinsler to end the inning.

Iwakuma went 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on 11 hits, while striking out five and walking three.

Going to the sixth, the Tigers lead the Mariners, 5-1.

Top 5th: Things unravel for Fulmer

The fifth inning was uncharacteristically rough for Tigers ace Michael Fulmer. After walking Adam Lind, and giving up a single to Steve Clevenger two batters later, the Mariners had two on with one out. Fulmer then hit the next two batters, Nori Aoki and Leonys Martin, ending the shutout and his night. Kyle Ryan replaced him, retiring the next two batters in order and ending the threat.

Fulmer lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits while walking one and striking out three. He was responsible for the three batters left on base to end the inning.

Going to the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers lead 4-1.

Bottom 4th: Tigers add to lead

The Tigers added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Steven Moya sent his second home run of the season -- and his first at Comerica Park -- barely over the wall in right. Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias singled with one out, before advancing on a grounder from Cameron Maybin. Miguel Cabrera was then walked to load the bases with two out. Victor Martinez worked Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma for an eight pitch at-bat, before striking out looking to end the inning. After four, the Tigers lead 4-0.

Top 4th: Fulmer finds groove

Tigers ace Michael Fulmer has found his groove. For the third straight inning, he retired the Mariners in order. The Tigers are sending Steven Moya (1-for-1), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1-for-1) and Jose Iglesias (1-for-1, two RBI) to the plate in the bottom of the fourth, up 3-0.

Bottom 3rd: Tigers put 2 on, strand them

After Miguel Cabrera walked with one out, and Nick Castellanos hit his second single with two gone, Justin Upton came to bat with a chance to extend the Tigers lead. Instead, he grounded out softly to Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma, ending the inning. Going to the top of the fourth, the Tigers still lead the Mariners, 3-0.

Top 3rd: Fulmer works quickly

Tigers ace Michael Fulmer worked quickly in the top of the third inning, setting the Mariners down 1-2-3 for the second inning in a row. He got Seth Smith to strike out swinging to end the inning -- Fulmer's third strikeout of the game. After two and a half, the Tigers are ahead 3-0.

Bottom 2nd: Iglesias scores 2 more

It looked like Justin Upton's 5-4-3 double play would take the wind out of the Tigers' sails in the bottom of the second. But Steven Moya and Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled with two outs, re-igniting the Tigers offense. Jose Iglesias doubled them in off the wall in left field, missing a home run by about two feet. Ian Kinsler flew out to left to end the inning, but after two, the Tigers lead 3-0.

Top 2nd: M's go in order

Tigers ace Michael Fulmer set the Mariners down in order in the top of the second inning, after laboring through the first. He struck out Steve Clevenger for the third out, and going to the bottom of the second the Tigers lead 1-0.

Bottom 1st: Cabrera smacks no-doubter

With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera crushed the first pitch he saw from Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma over the wall in left field giving the Tigers the lead. The homer -- his 13th of the season -- is Cabrera's 2,415th hit, which tied Mickey Mantle for 119th all-time. It's also career home run No. 424, putting him 49th all-time, one ahead of Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, and two behind former Chicago Cubs and Oakland A's outfielder/first baseman Billy Williams for 48th.  After one, the Tigers have a 1-0 lead over the Mariners.

Top 1st: Fulmer strands pair

In the top of the first inning, Tigers ace Michael Fulmer got into a bit of trouble. After striking out leadoff hitter Leonys Martin swinging, Seth Smith singled. Two batters later, Dae-Ho Lee singled, putting two on with two outs. However, that would be all for the Mariners, as Fulmer got out of trouble. Going to the bottom of the first, the Tigers and Mariners are scoreless.

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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. Steven Moya, RF

8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Michael Fulmer, P


1. Leonys Martin, CF

2. Seth Smith, RF

3. Robinson Cano, 2B

4. Dae-Ho Lee, 1B

5. Kyle Seager, 3B

6. Adam Lind, DH

7. Ketel Marte, SS

8. Steve Clevenger, C

9. Nori Aoki, LF

Hisashi Iwakuma, P


When: Wednesday, 7:10 p.m.

Where: Comerica Park, Detroit

Pitching matchup: Michael Fulmer (7-2, 2.43) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (6-5, 4.18)

Local TV: Fox Sports Detroit

National TV: None

Internet streaming: MLB.TV (blacked out in Detroit market)

Local radio: 97.1 FM

Satellite radio: SIRI 212