The Seattle Mariners are looking to end baseball's longest postseason drought, but their hopes for contention just took a big blow. The Mariners are now tied 2-2 with the Tigers in the top of the fifth.
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Three relievers finished the game for Detroit, with Shane Greene pitching the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances.
Greiner opened the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth. With two out, Gordon hit a grounder to the right side, but Jimenez mishandled the toss from first baseman John Hicks for an error, loading the bases.
But the Mariners bounced back. Bench coach Manny Acta managed Seattle while Servais was away - with Ichiro Suzuki serving as bench coach.
On Saturday, the Tigers called up left-handed pitcher Louis Coleman from Triple-A Toledo, and Gardenhire shook hands with the 20th pitcher to grace his clubhouse already. Candelario is hitting.286/.367/.521 with five home runs, 16 RBIs and 21 runs scored, and Castellanos has put up a line of.321/.379/.500 with three homers, 23 RBIs and 20 runs.
The Tigers are planning to start lefty Matthew Boyd (1-3, 3.00 ERA), who has 26 strikeouts and nine walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.06. Before that? He last had to go to the DL for just over a month in 2006 with a strained left hamstring while playing for the Yankees. Wade LeBlanc (0-0) starts for the Mariners against Jake Odorizzi (3-2). I like Seattle in this one.