Javier Baez hit a two-run homer, and Bryan Garcia made a successful spot-start when The Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Monday night at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
The Tigers (66-93) have won 11 of their 13 recent games. They will play three more games next week against their opponents, the Seattle Mariners (87-72), who have already secured the playoff place.
The Tigers scored first against Mariners starter George Kirby when Akil Baddoo took a lead-off jog after which he stole the second ball and scored by scoring Miguel Cabrera’s hit.
Detroit added two more in the third , thanks to Baez’s two-run line drive homer in the opposite field which was his team’s 17th homer of the season.
Garcia who was called up to Triple-A Toledo to make a late-season spot start, gave another impressive impression, allowing three runs and five hits in six 2/3 innings. The pitcher struck out 6 batters and two walked.
Andrew Chafin struck out two and pitched a scoreless ninth to the victory.
A former Tigers left-handed pitcher Matthew Boyd kept the Mariners on the field pitching scoreless fifth 6th and 7th innings and throwing out 5.
The Tigers and Mariners will play a doubleheader on Tuesday starting with 6.10 p.m. Eastern time. Tigers lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (5-5, 4.02 ERA) will be facing Mariners right-hander Marco Gonzales (10-15, 4.14). The Tigers haven’t decided on their starter for Game 2 but right-handed pitcher Elvin Rodriguez (0-3, 10.04) is likely to throw a few innings regardless of whether he’s scheduled to start. Righty Chris Flexen (8-9, 3.64) is expected to pitch on the Mariners.