Tigers win on walk-off wild pitch, earning sweep of Seattle
DETROIT (AP) — Pinch runner Cameron Maybin easily scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Steve Cishek with two outs in the 10th inning Thursday, giving the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 win over the Seattle Mariners and a four-game sweep.
Detroit swept a four-game set from Seattle for the first time since August 1980 at Tiger Stadium.
Nelson Cruz homered twice and Chris Iannetta and Leonys Martin later hit back-to-back drives for the Mariners, who lost their sixth in a row.
Robinson Cano struck out with a runner on third to end the Seattle 10th.
The Mariners were at a loss from the start — pitcher Adrian Sampson exited with discomfort in his right elbow while warming up for the first inning.
Steven Moya drew a one-out walk from Cishek (2-4) in the 10th and Maybin pinch ran. Pinch hitter Victor Martinez singled, with an error by left fielder Seth Smith on the play putting runners on second and third. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Andrew Romine struck out.
Cishek then threw a pitch that bounced over Iannetta’s glove to the on-deck circle and Maybin breezed home before the catcher could make a play.
Kyle Ryan (3-2), who worked out of a bases-loaded jam Wednesday night, earned the win by escaping a jam of his own making in the 10th. His wild throw put a runner on third with no outs, but he got out of it.
Cruz’s second home run of the game, his 18th of the season, made it 4-all in the sixth.
James McCann homered for the Tigers.
Daniel Norris made his first start of the season for Detroit and gave up three runs, all on solo homers, in five innings. Seattle starter Vidal Nuno pitched into the fourth.
Mariners: Manager Scott Servais said RHP Wade Miley (left shoulder impingement), who went on the disabled list on June 13, would be ready to pitch as soon as the 15 days are up.
Tigers: Manager Brad Ausmus said OF J.D. Martinez (non-displaced fracture right elbow), who went on the DL on June 17, is keeping active despite his injury. “He’s been working out and getting treatment,” Ausmus said. ”(Strength coach) Chris Walter has been running him around the stadium.”
Mariners: Taijuan Walker (3-6, 3.45) is ready to make his first career start against St. Louis on Friday.
Tigers: Detroit hopes Jordan Zimmermann (9-3, 3.24) can help snap the Tigers’ 0-6 slide against the Cleveland Indians this season.