Tino Martinez hit a grand slam home run on a full-count pitch with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 10-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers Monday night in the Kingdome.
It was Martinez’s second grand slam of the season and the third of his career, and it came after a strange appeal on a checked swing.
Rich Amaral opened the 10th with a single off Buddy Groom (1-3) and moved to second on a single by Joey Cora. After Groom threw two straight balls to Edgar Martinez, the Tigers decided to walk him intentionally.
On a 2-2 pitch to Tino Martinez, he checked his swing. Third base umpire Ken Kaiser had left the game after five innings because he was feeling ill, so the Tigers appealed unsuccessfully to the second base umpire.
Martinez knocked the next pitch into the second deck in right field, giving Seattle its fifth victory in a row. Martinez went 3 for 5 with six RBIs.
Bobby Ayala (3-2) earned the win with one-third of an inning of work. He struck out Bobby Higginson with a runner on second and two outs in the top of the 10th.
John Flaherty tied the game 6-6 with a solo homer in the sixth off Bob Wells, his 10th of the season. The Tigers hit four home runs, three of them solo shots.
Chris Gomez and Chad Curtis had solo shots in the third - Gomez’s eighth and Curtis’ 13th - and Danny Bautista had a two-run homer in the fourth that gave Detroit a 5-3 lead.
Tino Martinez had a two-run single and Jay Buhner singled in another run in the bottom of the third off Detroit starter Sean Bergman, tying the game 3-3.
Seattle took a 6-5 lead in the fifth on Buhner’s RBI double, Chris Widger’s sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Mike Blowers, all off John Doherty.
Bill Krueger, making his first start of the season, gave up three homers in four innings. He allowed six hits and five runs with two walks and two strikeouts.
Notes: After going five straight games without a homer, Detroit has hit eight in its last three games. … Kirk Gibson went to right field in the bottom of the ninth - his first appearance in the field this season. … Seattle purchased Krueger’s contract from their Class AAA affiliate in Tacoma before the game and optioned right-hander Rafael Carmona to Tacoma to make room. … The Mariners also transferred first baseman Greg Pirkl from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. … At the age of 37 years and two months, Krueger became the oldest Mariner to start a game since 44-year-old Gaylord Perry did it June 22, 1983. … Detroit placed Franklin Stubbs on the 15-day disabled list Monday. He dislocated his right shoulder while trying to make a diving catch Sunday. … Bergman was recalled from a rehabilitation assignment to take his place. … Four of Gomez’s eight homers have come against Seattle. … Widger became the ninth starting left fielder the team has used this season and the 40th since 1989.
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