DETROIT (AP)—Bret Boone might have called his shots on Saturday, but he’s not going to go into the fortunetelling business just yet.
“If you predict enough things, eventually one of them will come true,” Boone said. “I’ve been hitting the ball, but I haven’t been driving in any runs, and I wanted to change that.”
Boone’s homers and four RBIs helped Jamie Moyer and the Mariners to a 6-3 victory, and he figures he now has at least as much credibility as the most famous player to ever predict a homer.
“I did the same thing as Babe Ruth, right?” Boone joked. “He pointed out there and hit a homer—sure he did. He was probably swatting a bug, but that’s the legend.”
Both of Boone’s homers cleared Comerica Park’s new fence in left and fell short of the old one, making him the first player to hit two new-fence homers in the same game. Ichiro Suzuki added three hits, including a homer.
“That team thinks they can win it all, and that’s the caliber of baseball that they play,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “To be honest, I’m a little jealous, because I wish we played the game the way that team does. We’ve still got a ways to go yet.”
Moyer (6-2) gave up three runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out a season-high eight.
“I was trying to make good pitches and have them put the ball in play,” he said. “They are the type of team I can take advantage of when I have good command, but that came and went today. I could move the ball in and out, but I couldn’t keep it consistently down in the strike zone.”
Shigetoshi Hasegawa and Kazuhiro Sasaki finished, with Sasaki pitching a perfect ninth for his sixth save in 10 tries. Sasaki has saves in two straight games after not getting one since April 14. He was on the disabled list from April 23-May 7 with back problems.
“That’s as comfortable as I’ve seen Kaz look all year,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. “Maybe that comes from getting him in there on back-to-back days and in two consecutive save situations.”
Nate Cornejo (3-3) allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings. He allowed three homers, including both of Boone’s, and did not strike out a batter.
“I found out today that they have a lot of great hitters in that lineup,” Cornejo said. “I got behind in the count, and that team is going to make you pay for that. There’s no one on that team that you can relax against.”
Seattle scored twice in the first on solo homers by Suzuki and Boone, but the Tigers got a run back in the second on Eric Munson’s long home run over the right field bullpens.
With one out in the fifth, Suzuki hit a 410-foot double to center. Carlos Guillen followed with a groundball to Munson at third, but he took too much time looking Suzuki back, allowing Guillen to beat the throw.
Boone then hit a long fly that just eluded a leaping Craig Monroe at the wall.
Munson’s RBI single in the seventh pulled Detroit within 5-2, and Andres Torres made it a two-run game with a run-scoring base hit later in the inning.
“I could sense the momentum shifting right there,” Moyer said. “Luckily, Shige came in and got Higgy to get me out of it.”
Suzuki added an RBI single in the eighth.
Monroe is the only other player with two homers over the new fence in left. There have been seven new-fence homers in Detroit’s last seven home games after only two were hit in the first 12. … Boone has 18 multihomer games in his career, with the last coming on April 13 against Texas. … Tigers 1B Carlos Pena went 2-for-3 with a double on his 25th birthday. … Boone flew outto the wall in right in the seventh.