Gamel’s 9th inning RBI lifts Mariners over Tigers

Mariners closed the series with two one-run wins after falling 19-9 in opener

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz, right, greets catcher Mike Zunino after the last out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, April 27,2017, in Detroit. The Mariners won 2-1. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz, right, greets catcher Mike Zunino after the last out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, April 27,2017, in Detroit. The Mariners won 2-1. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — Ben Gamel had an RBI single in the ninth inning to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on Thursday.

Kyle Seager doubled off Francisco Rodriguez (1-2) with one out, and Gamel followed with his hit to right-center field. Tony Zych (1-0) was the winner, and Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his third save.

The Mariners closed the series with two one-run victories after falling 19-9 in the opener.

Detroit starter Justin Verlander allowed one unearned run on five hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out eight.

Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma gave up an unearned run in 5 2/3 innings. He allowed three hits and a walk and struck out three.

Seattle threatened in the second when Nelson Cruz doubled and took third on a grounder, but Verlander struck out Gamel and retired Guillermo Heredia. Cruz reached again in the sixth, when center fielder Tyler Collins was given a two-base error for running into Jim Adduci as the right fielder was about to catch a routine fly ball. Seager followed with an RBI single for the first run.

Collins countered in the bottom of the inning, doubling and scoring when Robinson Cano misplayed Victor Martinez’s grounder.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Steve Cishek (hip) is scheduled to pitch an inning for Double-A Arkansas, marking the first time he has pitched back-to-back days during his recovery process. Cishek hopes to be return to Seattle’s bullpen in early May.

Tigers: SS Jose Iglesias was activated from the concussion list before the game, and LHP Kyle Ryan was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. Ryan posted a 7.94 ERA in eight relief appearances, allowing nine hits and seven walks in 5 2/3 innings.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP Ariel Miranda (1-2, 4.35) will face Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 1.65) to start a three-game series in Cleveland.

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (2-1, 3.86) takes on former teammate Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 4.15) as the Chicago White Sox visit Detroit for a weekend series. Pelfrey was released by the Tigers this spring despite being owed $8 million in the last year of his contract.