American League Game Summary - Seattle at Detroit|
(Wednesday, April 25th)
Final Score: Seattle 9, Detroit 1
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Felix Hernandez made it 10 consecutive quality
starts against Detroit, tossing seven frames as the Mariners downed the
Tigers, 9-1, in the middle contest of a three-game series on Wednesday.
"It was incredible how he was able to work through things," Mariners manager
Eric Wedge said of his starter. "They were making him work, and he had to
fight through it, and he just never gave in to it."
Hernandez (2-1) allowed one run on four hits and three walks with two
strikeouts, as he moved to 9-0 in his last 10 starts against Detroit. The last
player to win nine decisions in a row against the Tigers was Dennis Lamp, a
streak that ended in 1989.
Alex Liddi belted a two-run homer, Dustin Ackley had three hits and three runs
batted in, and Jesus Montero drove in two runs in the victory, Seattle's
second in as many nights.
Adam Wilk (0-3) suffered yet another loss after allowing six runs on eight
hits over just two-plus innings. Brennan Boesch hit his third homer of the
season in the losing effort.
"I was rushing through everything a little bit too much today, wasn't giving
myself time to get back and my arm [to] catch up. That kind of resulted in the
ball being flat and up in the zone," said Wilk.
After a pair of singles in the top of the first, Montero's base hit to right,
plating Ackley, opened the scoring. Seattle pushed its edge to 4-0 in the
second on Ackley's two-run single and Brendan Ryan's sacrifice fly.
Liddi then launched a 3-1 fastball over the wall in left with Montero aboard
an inning later, spelling the end of Wilk's evening.
Boesch got to Hernandez in the home third, leading off by taking his changeup
into the seats in right.
But Hernandez then settled down, getting out of the third without another
baserunner and facing the minimum from that point until he was lifted after
Ackley doubled in Casper Wells in the fifth, while Montero singled in Ichiro
Suzuki before Michael Saunders took a bases-loaded walk in the sixth for an
Mariners reliever Erasmo Ramirez loaded the bases on a pair of hits around a
walk in the bottom of the ninth, but got Don Kelly to foul out to end the
Hernandez walked three batters in the first inning for the first time in his
career...Jhonny Peralta and Prince Fielder committed errors for Detroit...The
probables for Thursday's finale are Hector Noesi (1-2) for Seattle against
Rick Porcello (1-1).
04/25 23:44:57 ET