10/04 20:59 CDT Catcher Torrens gets win, Mariners top Tigers in 10 innings
Catcher Torrens gets win, Mariners top Tigers in 10 innings
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) --- Catcher Luis Torrens became the first position player in
Seattle history to earn a pitching win by working the 10th inning, and the
Mariners inched closer to locking up their postseason matchup by beating the
Detroit Tigers 7-6 on Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.
With the Mariners focused on preserving arms with the playoffs on the horizon,
Torrens (1-0) took the mound when the game went to extra innings and got the
unlikely victory when Abraham Toro drove in the winning run with a sacrifice
Victor Reyes opened the 10th as Detroit's automatic runner on second and
Torrens allowed two deep flyouts, with the second by Riley Greene scoring Reyes
with the go-ahead run.
Carlos Santana then singled off Gregory Soto (2-10) in the bottom of the 10th
to score automatic runner Eugenio Suarez and tie it. Jarred Kelenic followed
with a base hit to advance Santana to third and Toro hit a fly ball that was
deep enough for Santana to score from third base.
The win put Seattle on the cusp of locking up the No. 5 seed for the American
League playoffs and a date in Toronto against the Blue Jays in the wild-card
series. The Mariners need one more win or a loss by Tampa Bay.
Mitch Haniger and Curt Casali homered earlier in the game for Seattle. Reyes
and Spencer Torkelson both hit two-run homers for Detroit and Greene had an RBI
Detroit led 5-3 after Reyes' homer in the seventh, but Seattle rallied for a
pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on two-out RBI hits by Ty France and
Seattle's primary concern was staying healthy ahead of the upcoming AL
wild-card series and had a moment of worry in the sixth inning when Kelenic was
hit by a 91 mph fastball from Detroit starter Eduardo Rodriguez. Kelenic was
hit in the ribs and was down for a few minutes before jogging to first base and
remaining in the game.
Seattle placed utility man Sam Haggerty on the 10-day injured list with a groin
injury that will keep him out for at least the first two rounds of the
playoffs. Haggerty was hurt during a stolen base attempt in the ninth inning of
Monday's loss and could have a significant trickle down on Seattle's playoff
roster because of his versatility. Seattle recalled Toro from Triple-A Tacoma
to take Haggerty's spot.
Tigers: RHP Will Vest is expected to start the second game as a bullpen day for
Mariners: LHP Justus Sheffield will start the second game after being added as
one of the extra players for the doubleheader.
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