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May 8, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Tigers, May 8: Mariners lose, 6-4

Mariners loaded the bases in the ninth off a wild Jose Valverde, but Jesus Montero, on a 2-2 pitch, fouled out on a sensational catch by right fielder Don Kelly as he crashed into th e stands.
DETROIT NINTH: Brandon League gets them in order, and M’s going to 9th down 6-4, No Octavio Dotel, however.
DETROIT SEVENTH: Prince Fielder, who a lot of Mariner fans wanted to play at Safeco Field, hit a mammoth homer to the second deck off Kelley. 6-3 Tigers.
DETROIT SIXTH: A solid 1-2-3 inning for Kelley, with two strikeouts.
MARINERS FIFTH: Apparently, the game thread has finally posted — right about the time I need to start cranking out my game thread. Millwood recovered from his rocky start to hold the TIgers scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth and is now being replaced by Shawn Kelley. The Mariners scored three in the third off Verlander, with Ichiro getting an RBI single and Kyle Seager driving in two with a single. 5-3 Tigers.
TIGERS SECOND: Millwood has nothing tonight, but with the bullpen depleted, he’s apparently going to be left to take a licking. No one’s up in the pen. Four more hits for the Tigers, including two-run doubles by Dirks and Delmon Young 5-0 Tigers.
MARINERS FIRST: Brendan Ryan draws a one-out walk but Ichiro, a career .333 hitter against Verland (16-for-48) popped out and Montero struck out on 3-2. It’s 1-0 Tigers.
TIGERS FIRST: Not an auspicious start for Millwood, who gave up three hits and walked two, but only allowed one run. He got a double-play ball from Cabrera, then coaxed fly to center by Jhonny Peralta with the bases loaded. 1-0 Tigers.
The Mariners have a tough task tonight, facing reigning Cy Young and MVP winner Justin Verlander, who has gone six or more innings in each of his last 48 starts, dating back to Aug. 22, 2010. It’s the longest streak by a major-league pitcher since Mark Buehrle did it 49 straight ties from May 11, 2004 to July 26, 2005.
Verlander has also won 11 straight decisions on the road. But he’s just 3-4 with a 4l44 ERA in seven starts at Safeco Field.

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