May 7, 2012 in Sports

M’s score three in ninth to beat Tigers

Associated Press
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Munenori Kawasaki of the Mariners is mobbed by teammates after he scored the winning run against Detroit.
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SEATTLE – John Jaso’s sacrifice fly capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Octavio Dotel came on to pitch in the ninth for Detroit with closer Jose Valverde unavailable after three consecutive appearances. Dotel walked Brendan Ryan and Ichiro Suzuki, then advanced both with a wild pitch. Ryan scored on another wild pitch to pull the Mariners within a run.

Jesus Montero then doubled to deep center, the ball hitting the wall just left of the 405 marker, to drive in Suzuki.

Duane Below relieved Dotel (1-1) before Kyle Seager sacrificed pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki to third base prior to Jaso driving him in.

Steve Delabar (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth.

Detroit starter Doug Fister was denied his first win of the season in his second start. He was removed from his first outing April 7 after straining his left side. On Monday night, he allowed four hits, walked none and struck out three.

Blake Beavan started for Seattle but left after being hit on the right elbow by a line drive in the third inning.

Beavan was in trouble in the third after Austin Jackson singled and stole second. Andy Dirks moved Jackson to third with a single, bringing Miguel Cabrera to the plate. Cabrera’s strong line drive of an 0-1 pitch hit Beavan in the elbow.

The ball caromed to third baseman Seager, who picked it up to start what turned out to be a 1-5-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Beavan walked off the mound without wincing, but the Mariners immediately told Hisashi Iwakuma to warm up in the bullpen. He took over in the fourth for Beavan, who was diagnosed with a right elbow contusion after throwing three innings, allowing one run.

Fister dominated in his seven innings. He allowed a two-out double to Suzuki in the first and a bunt single to Michael Saunders in the third. Dustin Ackley singled in the sixth and Jaso hit a two-out double in the seventh.

Fister retired six in a row over the fourth and the fifth. The only solid hit came from Justin Smoak, who drove a fly ball to deep center field. Fister threw less than 10 pitches in four of the first five innings.

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