Tom Wilhelmsen gave up a run in the seventh shortly after being drilled on the leg by a line drive. The Mariners got a run back in the eighth on a tow-out double by Raul Ibanez and then an RBI single by Justin Smoak. The Mariners still trail 4-2.
6:02 p.m.: Joe Saunders got the first two outs of the sixth inning, then allowed a walk, three straight singles and two runs to fall behind 3-1. Eric Wedge pulled Saunders at that point and he is not happy. He knocked over some sunflower seeds in the dugout and heaved a couple of water bottles.
Before leaving, Saunders induced two more ground ball double plays and now has 26 this season to lead the American League.
The Mariners have struck out 10 times the first six innings.
4:53 p.m.: Abraham Almonte just hit his second home run as a major leaguer, taking Rick Porcello over the right field wall with two out in the top of the third to tie the game 1-1.
4:40 p.m.: Detroit leads 1-0 as we start the third inning, having scored on a Joe Saunders wild pitch in the bottom of the first. Torii Hunter hit a one-out single, then took third on a single to left center by Miguel Cabrera. The wild pitch brought Hunter home easily before Saunders escaped the inning.
Saunders had to battle out of a second inning jam when Omar Infante hit a leadoff double. But Carlos Triunfel made a great play behind the bag at second on a bounding ball up the middle that would have scored the run. Instead, Triunfel got an out at first base as Infante moved to third. Alex Avila then struck out and Jose Iglesias grounded out.
The Mariners got the leadoff runner on in the first and second innings on singles by Dustin Ackley and Raul Ibanez. But the Mariners went 1-2-3 after that in each of the frames.
3:58 p.m.: After yesterday’s bullpen implosion, the Mariners need Joe Saunders to get a bit deeper into games than he has lately. Saunders lasted just three innings his last time out, 4 1/3 prior to that and hasn’t gone seven innings in a game since Aug. 26.
Saunders is up against it with this high-powered Detroit offense. But the Tigers have struggled at times versus southpaws, so we’ll see whether that makes a difference here.