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Mariners Use 9th Inning Rally to Defeat Tigers 3-2

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by Brad Wall

SEATTLE, Wash. – The Mariners made an incredible ninth inning rally coming back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Tigers Monday night 3-2.

Andy Dirks hit a one-out double, but decided to hold up at second on the following fly out to center by Miguel Cabrera. Prince Fielder then skied a ball into shallow left field that Brendan Ryan, Kyle Seager and Mike Carp each chased after. Ryan attempted a difficult sliding catch, but the ball struck his wrist and bounced out of his glove onto the ground. Dirks scored on the play as Fielder strolled into second for an RBI double to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.

Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-out double in the first, but Jesus Montero was unable to bring him around flying out to right.

Detroit looked to get some more runs in the third as Austin Jackson hit a one-out single and stole second. Dirks singled to left-center putting runners on the corners for the Tigers. Cabrera lined a ball off the back of Blake Beavan that took a fortunate roll towards Kyle Seager, who turned it for a double play to end the inning.

Beavan was shaken up on the play, as the ball appeared to strike his elbow too, creating a contusion and forcing him to leave the game. Hisashi Iwakuma came on in relief for him.

Fielder hit a leadoff single with a droop to left field in the fourth. Iwakuma struck out the next two batters, but gave up a single to Johnny Peralta giving the Tigers another runners on the corner situation. Brennan Boesch then lined a single into center field to bring home Fielder for a 2-0 lead. Iwakuma struck out Ryan Raburn to get the M's out of the inning.

Shawn Kelley relieved Iwakuma in the seventh and retired two straight batters after giving up a leadoff single to Peralta. The Mariners sent in Charlie Furbush for Kelley, who gave up a single to Jackson, and walked Dirks to load the bases. Furbush got out of the jam by inducing a groundout to third by Cabrera.

Seattle eyed a rally in the bottom of the ninth as Octavio Dotel walked Ryan and Ichiro to start the inning. Dotel's first pitch to Montero was wild, advancing the runners to second and third. Another wild pitch allowed Ryan to score and Ichiro to move over to third. Jesus Montero worked into a full count and ripped a deep double to the center field wall tying up the game and giving Dotel a blown save. Duane Below relieved Dotel while Munenori Kawasaki pinch ran for Montero and advanced to third on a sac-bunt by Seager. John Jaso won the game for the Mariners on the next at-bat hitting a sacrifice fly to bring home Kawasaki for the game winning run.

Former Mariner Doug Fister dominated his former team throwing seven innings of shutout ball with four hits and three strikeouts. After a 1,2,3 eighth inning by Phil Coke, Dotel failed to close out the game in the ninth giving him the loss.

Before leaving the game, Beavan totaled up three innings of work with one run allowed on four hits. Iwakuma put in three innings as well allowing a run on three hits and striking out five. Steve Delabar got the win as he struck out two in a 1,2,3 ninth inning.

Game two of the series will be tomorrow at 7:10 p.m.

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