DETROIT — For the second time in their four-game series, the Tigers and Mariners needed extra innings to decide the winner. It didn’t take long, though, for Detroit to come out on top again, with Cameron Maybin scoring on a wild-pitch for the 5-4 victory and sweep Thursday at Comerica Park.
When a one-out walk by Steven Moya (for whom Maybin pinch ran) and a single by Victor Martinez put runners on second and third following a throwing error, the Tigers were in prime position to come away with the victory. Seattle elected to intentionally walk Jarrod Saltalamacchia and managed to strike out Andrew Romine for the second out of the inning. Then Cishek completely missed his catcher, and Maybin scampered home.
It was an ending that masked the earlier excitement of the game. For three innings, Daniel Norris was strong in making his first major league start of the season. His pitches were crisp with plenty of movement, and even through the first two outs of the fourth his delivery was effortless. Then, he got tagged with a solo shot by Nelson Cruz before striking out Dae-Ho Lee to end the frame.
Five innings is as deep as he would get, though. Norris got an out before giving up back-to-back home runs, and he had to work to get out of the frame. After 79 pitches his day was done. Not that it did any good to have Bruce Rondon enter the game, since he gave up a first-pitch homer to Cruz in the sixth inning to tie the game.
The Mariners weren’t the only team who smoked a few baseballs — Justin Upton and Steven Moya both drilled second-inning doubles for a couple runs, and James McCann hit a two-run homer to left in the fourth.
James McCann: Launched a two-run homer into the visiting bullpen in the fourth, giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
Justin Upton and Steven Moya: Both smoked RBI doubles in the second to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead at the time. Both also drew a walk, and Upton saved Norris’ fifth frame on an inning-ending grab to rob Robinson Cano of a home run.
Miguel Cabrera: Had an 0-for-5 day with two strikeouts. One of those strikeouts was in a bases-loaded situation.
Daniel Norris/Bruce Rondon: Separately, they were both mediocre and not combustible. But combined, they allowed four runs and it put the Tigers in a tied-game situation. It’s not a heavy hiss, but a notation nonetheless.
STATS AND INFO:
- Thursday was the first time Daniel Norris has given up three home runs in a major league start. He's given up two in a game just twice: April 9, 2015 vs. Yankees (while still a Blue Jay), and Aug. 19, 2015 vs. Cubs.
- James McCann’s home run was his fifth of the year. Four of those homers came against left-handed pitching.
- Miguel Cabrera is 0-for-8 in bases-loaded situations this season, and he’s batting just .157/.310/.229 against left-handed pitching this year.
- Since giving up four runs to the Athletics on May 28, Alex Wilson has a 1.38 ERA with only two runs allowed. Both came during a blowout loss to the Royals.
- Alex Wilson hasn’t allowed a run in nine of his last 10 outings, and he’s struck out nine batters.
- The Tigers swept the Mariners for the first time since September 24-27, 2012.
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