American League Game Summary - Seattle at Detroit|
(Thursday, April 26th)
Final Score: Seattle 5, Detroit 4
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Chone Figgins' seventh-inning RBI double broke
a tie and Seattle swept its three-game set with Detroit in 5-4 fashion on
Justin Smoak broke an 0-for-15 spell with a first-inning three-run homer,
Miguel Olivo added a solo shot and Charlie Furbush (1-1) fanned two around a
groundout in the sixth to get the win.
Brandon League allowed two singles in the ninth but got Alex Avila to ground
into a game-ending double play to record his seventh save in eight
"They came back at us and we were able to counterpunch. That's what you have
got to do," said Smoak.
Starter Hector Noesi allowed no hits through four innings but was tagged for
four runs on five hits in the next inning-plus to receive a no-decision.
Rick Porcello (1-2) gave up five runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 frames to take
the loss. Miguel Cabrera hit his sixth home run of the year in the losing
Smoak got things started by blasting Porcello's 2-2 changeup over the fence in
right-center with Figgins and Ichiro Suzuki aboard.
Olivo added to the lead with two outs in the fourth by pulling a first-pitch
slider into the left-field seats.
Ryan Raburn got the hosts within three on a run-scoring single in the home
fifth, and a three-run sixth tied the game.
Andy Dirks began the rally with a triple, and he came home on Brennan Boesch's
base hit. Cabrera followed with a two-run homer that made it 4-4.
But Figgins plated Brendan Ryan with a double to take back the lead a half-
The Tigers had two runners aboard with one out in both the seventh and ninth
innings, but failed to get a ball out of the infield either time as they
dropped their fourth straight game.
"We are all involved in this together and that is just the way it is. We have
just got to get aggressive, take charge and get after somebody," Tigers
manager Jim Leyland said about his team's losing streak.
It was the first three-game sweep of the season for Seattle. The Mariners took
a two-game series from Oakland in early April...The Tigers released infielder
Brandon Inge following the game...Alex Liddi was caught stealing and committed
an error for Seattle.
04/26 18:25:30 ET