SEATTLE (AP) José Iglesias' two-run, two-run single in the eighth inning gave Detroit the lead, and the Tigers allowed only two hits in the last six innings in a 3-3 win. 2 on the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.
Detroit rebounded against the Seattle bullpen and specifically against regular Nick Vincent (1-1) in the eighth inning to take the first game of the four-game series. With two outs in the eighth inning, Vincent allowed a single to Mikie Mahtook and walked to James McCann to load the bases. Seattle stayed with Vincent and Iglesias had enough of a 1-0 cutter to send it in the middle and out of the glove of shortstop Jean Segura dived to try to stop the shot.
The Detroit rally came an inning after Seattle failed to add to its advantage after having runners in second and third place with one out. Dee Gordon struck out and Segura hit ground balls, ending Seattle's only scoring opportunity after the third inning.
Detroit starter Matthew Boyd struck out nine and did not consider the decision but it was part of a solid night for the Tigers' staff. After the simple producer of Mitch Haniger in the third inning, the only hits of the Mariners were a pair of singles by Guillermo Heredia: one in the fourth and another in the seventh.
Boyd combined with Buck Farmer, Blaine Hardy, Warwick Saupold (2-1), Joe Jimenez and Shane Greene to retire 20 of the 23 final batters faced. Jiménez struck out in the eighth inning and Greene threw the ninth for his 10th save.
Seattle starter Marco Gonzales crossed into the sixth inning and should have left the inning without allowing a race, but both by Kyle Seager The throwing error allowed John Hicks to score the first Detroit race and finished the night of Gonzales.
Heredia had a two-out single in the second inning and Haniger's single in the third gave Seattle a 2-0 lead.
COOK (ING) WITH GAS
Seattle selected RHP Ryan Cook's contract for Triple-A Tacoma before Thursday's game, completing a two-year trip for major injuries to return to the majors. Cook was an All-Star with Oakland in 2012, but in recent years they have been affected by injury and recovery. Cook missed the entire 2017 season recovering from surgery Tommy John and a nervous problem in his right hand. His 2016 was truncated by a lat muscle injury and a hamstring injury.
Cook made his season debut entering the sixth inning with runner in second and third and two outs. He struck out Jose Iglesias swinging with the tie race at third base, and followed with a perfect seventh. It was his first appearance in a major league game since September 16, 2015.
Tigers: DE Leonys Martin will do his job before the game on the field on Friday as he continues to recover from a hamstring left tension that landed him on the disabled list on May 9. Martin took batting practice early on Thursday.
Mariners: DH Nelson Cruz could be back in the lineup on Friday after being hit on the foot in Tuesday's game.
Tigers: RHP Michael Fulmer (1-3) was knocked down for six runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Seattle last weekend. Fulmer has allowed 11 earned runs in his last two combined starts.
Mariners: LHP Felix Hernandez (5-3) looks for a cleaner start than last Saturday against Detroit when he won, but allowed eight hits and five wins in five innings.
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