From Seattle – – A Jean Segura single down the right field line scored Dee Gordon from second in the bottom of the 11th to give Seattle a 3-2 win.
Shane Greene came in for Francisco Liriano and he managed to retire the first batter he faced. Segura came up and reached first on a slow roller up the middle, that was over thrown; Segura advanced to second. Then Mitch Haniger happened.
Detroit’s got a single in the top of the tenth, but that was it as Edwin Diaz shut down the Tigers. In the 11th, a bad balk call on Nick Vincent advanced a runner to second, but Vincent struck out James McCann to end the threat.
Greene’s blown save wrecked a vintage Liriano start that saw the 34-year old strike out five Mariners through eight innings by keeping their bats off balance. Liriano effectively used his off-speed stuff against Seattle’s aggressive offensive attack. His off-speed pitches, especially his slider, prevented the M’s from squaring up any pitches through the first six innings.
Detroit’s first to runs of the game came in the first inning off of a John Hicks two-run bomb into the M’s bullpen. It was a pitch that Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc left over the middle of the plate. But it was the hardest hit ball off of LeBlanc who quietly put together another solid start by scattering eight hits through five and a third innings.
The Tigers almost added to their lead in the top of the sixth, but the runner was thrown out at the plate to end the threat and the inning.
Liriano did struggle in the first inning as he walked Dee Gordon to start off the game. But he got Segura to ground into a fielder’s choice to get the first out of the game.
Seattle’s hardest hit ball of the game came on a deep line drive to center field off of Segura’s bat in the bottom of the seventh. But JaCoby Jones easily chased it down in the sun for the first out of the inning. Haniger broke up Liriano’s no-hit bid two batters later with a hard hit ball to left-center.
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