SEATTLE - Casey Kotchman snapped a tie with an RBI double in the seventh off the glove of leaping Detroit right fielder Ryan Raburn, and the Seattle Mariners won their fourth straight with a
4-2 victory over the Tigers last night.
Ichiro Suzuki finished a home run short of the cycle and scored twice for Seattle, which got another strong outing from its starting pitching, this time lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith.
Milton Bradley started the seventh with a walk from Detroit starter Justin Verlander (0-1). Kotchman then lined Verlander's off-speed pitch to deep right field.
Brandon League (2-0) took over for Rowland-Smith and got out of trouble in the seventh. David Aardsma picked up his fifth save in five chances pitching the ninth.
MARINERS 11, TIGERS 3
SEATTLE - Felix Hernandez (1-0) struck out nine - Seattle's season high - while allowing just four hits and two runs in 62/3 innings in his home debut as the Mariners beat Detroit.
Franklin Gutierrez had three hits and three RBIs, and Jose
Lopez drove in two.
Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman (1-1) flopped in his second start after missing most of the last year and a half because of a blood clot in his pitching shoulder. The resident of Pasco, Wash., allowed 10 runs - eight earned - on nine hits and four walks in four-plus innings.