The Seattle Mariners (8-10) pounded out a season-high 15 hits in support of starter Jason Vargas and three relievers to snap a season-worst, four-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park Tuesday. Michael Saunders starred for the Mariners with a 3-RBI night, and Ichiro produced three more hits and swiped two bases.
Getting a rare start at first base, Alex Liddi also had a huge game, going 3-for-5 (career high in hits) with a home run, his first of the season, and a stolen base.
Vargas (3-1) allowed four runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one in earning his third victory. Brandon League came on in the ninth and notched his sixth save in seven chances.
The Mariners play the second of three games against the Tigers Wednesday night, Felix Hernandez (1-1, 2.76) facing off against Adam Wilk (0-0, 4.00). Hernandez has a career record of 8-2 against the Tigers.
The Mariners scored in the top of the first when Chone Figgins drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third on a Dustin Ackley single and scored on Jesus Montero’s single to left.
After Ackley singled to open the third, Ichiro reached on an infield single, and then a Kyle Seager single scored Ackley, making it 2-0. A Saunders double brought home Ichiro and Seager for a 4-0 edge.
The Tigers got a run back in the third on a Brendan Boesch single that scored Brandon Inge, then got to Vargas in the fourth with a two-run homer by catcher Alex Avila to make it 4-3.
The Mariners got runners at the corners with no outs in the fifth when Seager and Liddi singled. After Liddi stole second, Saunders whiffed, but Olivo hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Seagler f0r a 5-3 Seattle lead.
The Mariners could do no more damage, but Miguel Cabrera added some for the Tigers in the bottom of the inning when he whacked a 400-foot homer off Vargas, making it 5-4.
The Mariners had two on with nobody out in the sixth, and failed to push a run across, but came back in the seventh with a solo shot by Liddi for a 6-4 Seattle lead.
Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen faced the heart of the Detroit order in the bottom of the eighth. Cabrera singled to center and Fielder singled to right. Delmon Young hit a shot to right that Ichiro caught for the first out, and the Tigers failed to capitalize after that.
Saunders had an RBI-double in the ninth.
Ichiro (3), Liddi (3), Montero (2), Seager (2) and Saunders (2) delivered multi-hit games for the Mariners, who began well a 10-game road trip through Detroit, Toronto and Tampa.