Seager’s double lifts Mariners over Tigers 5-4 in 10 innings

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 20: Carlos Ruiz #52, second from left, of the Seattle Mariners and Ben Gamel #16, right, of the Seattle Mariners celebrate with Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners after Seager hit a walk-off RBI-single off of relief pitcher Justin Wilson #38 of the Detroit Tigers that scored Tyler Smith #13 of the Seattle Mariners during the tenth inning of a game at Safeco Field on June 20, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager couldn’t let his brother get all the attention in the family on Tuesday night, even if he had to acknowledge the younger Seager probably had the better game.

“That’s a tough day to match,” Seager said of his brother Corey’s three home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers. “I think I’m going to give him the edge today.”

Seager had his own noteworthy moment with a game-winning RBI double to score Tyler Smith and give the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers in 10 innings. Seager’s one-hop shot off the right-field wall didn’t quite match the three homers by his brother. But the hit gave Seattle it’s fourth walk-off win this season and came after the Mariners missed chances with runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth.

“I’ve been feeling pretty good. Sometimes you’re feeling good and don’t get many hits,” Seager said. “Certainly doubles are good. I like those.”

The rally in the 10th didn’t take much. Nelson Cruz walked on a 3-2 pitch from Justin Wilson (3-3) to open the inning. Smith came on as a pinch runner and reached second with no outs on a wild pitch. Seager then turned on a fastball and lined it over the head of right fielder J.D. Martinez, allowing Smith to score easily.

“He got in a good count against a really good left-handed pitcher. That was the pitch he needed to get on and he didn’t miss it,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Steve Cishek (1-1) pitched the top of the 10th to get the victory.

It was a game dominated by home runs, including Ian Kinsler’s 44th career leadoff homer on the third pitch of the game. Kinsler is tied with Brady Anderson for fifth all-time in leadoff homers. Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez also went deep for the Tigers, while Taylor Motter and Ben Gamel each had solo shots for Seattle. Cruz also had a two-run double.

Seattle held a 4-2 lead going to the eighth when one of those homers pulled Detroit even against reliever Dan Altavilla. With two outs, Kinsler scored from second base on a pitch in the dirt that bounced away from catcher Mike Zunino. Kinsler was stealing on the play and never stopped after rounding third. Martinez followed with his 12th home run to tie it 4-all.

It was just the fifth time in 24 games this season Detroit has lost when hitting at least two home runs.

 

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