Well, that was more of what folks used to expect on a regular basis from Erik Bedard. He went seven dominant innings and probably could have gotten further since he’d thrown only 88 pitches.
But the Mariners weren’t about to push their luck.
And this suddenly potent-looking offense kept adding on runs for him, sealing a 10-1 victory over a suddenly shabby-looking Detroit Tigers squad.
The Mariners broke it open with six runs in the ninth, two of them on a single by Justin Smoak to give him a career-high five RBI day. Even Jack Cust got in on the act, driving a double the other way to left field after striking out the first four times up tonight.
It helped Bedard’s cause that Smoak gave him a 3-0 lead before he’d even taken the mound, with a three-run homer to left-center off Justin Verlander. Detroit got a run back in the bottom of the inning, but that was it for their output against Bedard.
Bedard retired nine of the next 10 batters he faced, survived some trouble in the fifth inning and went on to set down his final eight hitters.
The last win recorded by Bedard came in June 2009 against the Twins. He lasted only five innings in that game compared to the seven frames in this one.
His velocity was back up again, consistently reaching 91 mph on the radar gun when he threw his fastball. His curves and off-speed stuff kept the Tigers off-balance.
Detroit didn’t help itself with four errors. But the M’s helped themselves, especially with those ninth-inning add-on runs.
That’s two in a row for Seattle and six wins the last 10 games.
And that’s 17 runs in two games here by the offense. The big difference? The return of Smoak and the luck factor finally swinging for Miguel Olivo and Chone Figgins.