Detroit Tigers closer Todd Jones (59) is congratulated by catcher Brandon Inge after the team's victory over the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Friday, May 30, 2008, in Seattle. The Tigers won 7-4.
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Curtis Granderson singled and doubled in the first inning alone, Brandon Inge added a two-run triple and the Detroit Tigers got all their runs off Carlos Silva in the opening inning of a 7-4 win over the Mariners.
It was a little more than a week ago when the Tigers scored 30 runs off Seattle pitching over three games in Detroit. They seemed well on their way to another offensive-charged series, knocking out Silva after he recorded just two outs and allowed all seven runs.
"We're trying to figure it out," said Mariners manager John McLaren. "They hit balls off the fence, over the fence and everything else."
The Tigers had 12 of their 14 hits in the first five innings against Seattle, including one by every starter in the lineup. Jeff Larish was the final Detroit starter to get a hit, with an infield single in the fifth for his first major league hit.
Detroit never really threatened after the first, but starter Nate Robertson didn't need any more help, keeping the Mariners in check.
Robertson (3-5) allowed just two hits over the first five innings both solo homers by Adrian Beltre and did a solid job protecting his big lead.
"The one thing you won't hear from any pitcher is any kind of complaint after getting a seven-spot in the first," Robertson said. "That's nice to have. I'll take that every start."
Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.
Silva (3-5) was among the Mariners pitchers to be rocked in Detroit recently, giving up seven runs in four innings on May 20.
"Nothing was working today. Nothing," Silva said. "If I make my pitches I am able to take people out, but I didn't make any pitches."