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Mariners Drop Series Opener to Detroit

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DETROIT (AP) _ Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning and Rick Porcello had a career-high eight strikeouts, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu took out starter Felix Hernandez after he struck out nine and gave up only a run through seven innings and Detroit took advantage.

Alex Avila hit the second pitch from Mark Lowe (1-6) over the fence to pull the Tigers within one and pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago followed with a single.

Seattle shortstop Josh Wilson was charged with an error on a one-out chopper by Placido Polanco and Carlos Guillen drew a walk to load the bases, setting up Cabrera's clutch hit.

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