DETROIT (AP) – Steven Moya homered twice, and the Detroit Tigers withstood a shaky fifth inning from right-hander Michael Fulmer to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Miguel Cabrera also went deep for Detroit, and reliever Kyle Ryan (2-2) helped the Tigers stay comfortably ahead after Fulmer went through some control problems in the fifth. Ryan came on with one out in that inning and the bases loaded, with Detroit up 4-1. He retired all five hitters he faced, striking out three.
Hisashi Iwakuma (6-6) allowed five runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Mariners have lost five straight.
The 24-year-old Moya came into the game with one career homer, but he hit a solo shot to right in the fourth and another to left the following inning.
Fulmer allowed a run and three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He’s now yielded only three runs in 44 1/3 innings over his last seven starts, but he didn’t last long enough for the win Wednesday.
With Detroit up 4-0, Fulmer allowed a walk and a one-out single in the fifth. He then hit two consecutive batters to force in Seattle’s only run of the night.
Ryan came in and struck out pinch-hitter Franklin Gutierrez before retiring Robinson Cano on a groundout.
Cabrera gave Detroit a 1-0 lead in the first with his 16th homer of the season, and Jose Iglesias hit a two-run double in the second.
Seattle was held without a home run for the first time in 15 games, and Iwakuma failed to make it through the fifth inning for the first time since Aug. 24, when he also pitched 4 2/3 in a loss to Oakland.
Fulmer retired 10 in a row before the fifth inning, and after he was taken out, the Detroit bullpen retired all 14 hitters it faced.
Mariners: Manager Scott Servais said RHP Taijuan Walker (right foot) will probably be able to pitch during the next homestand. … Star RHP Felix Hernandez (right calf strain) is making progress in his recovery. “I think he threw (Tuesday) out to 75 feet for about 7 or 8 minutes,” Servais said. “He’s picking up pace on his progression.”
Mariners: Seattle tries to avoid a four-game sweep Thursday when Adrian Sampson (0-1) takes the mound against Detroit.
Tigers: Daniel Norris (0-0) makes his first start of the season. The Tigers acquired him when they traded David Price to Toronto last year.