Mariners 11, Tigers 5

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SEATTLE (AP)—Edgar Martinez hasn’t made up his mind about playing another season.

Martinez, Bret Boone and John Olerud hit home runs, and Gil Meche ended a personal four-game losing streak as the Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers 11-5 on Tuesday night.

“I’m not ready to make a decision yet,” said Martinez, the Mariners’ designated hitter who played in his seventh All-Star game this month.

The AL West-leading Mariners remained three games ahead of Oakland, which also won Tuesday night.

Martinez, 40, said he’ll wait until after his 21st major league season before making up his mind about next year.

“I want to make sure I know what I’m doing, I’m sure,” he said. “That’s the key. I don’t want to make the wrong decision.”

Martinez’s homer made him feel good, too.

“That’s probably the best ball I’ve hit all year,” he said.

Boone went 3-for-4 and had four RBIs, while Martinez and Olerud each had three RBIs for the AL West-leading Mariners, who bounced back after losing two in a row at home to Texas.

Manager Bob Melvin said Martinez’s 428-foot shot to center was the Mariners’ key hit. It was his first homer since July 12.

“It seems like when he swings the bat well, we roll pretty good,” Melvin said. “He’s a big part of our lineup.”

Meche (11-7), who hadn’t won since June 26, pitched six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. He gave up solo homers to Dmitri Young, his career-high 22nd, and Kevin Witt.

Meche has pitched in 130 2-3 innings and made 21 starts this season after pitching just 65 innings with Double-A San Antonio last season when he came back from two major shoulder surgeries. He didn’t pitch in the 2001 season.

But he denied his arm and shoulder are tired.

“I feel great,” Meche said. “My velocity is better now than it has been all year, my last start especially. I felt real good tonight. I just couldn’t command my fastball in the zone and when that happens you start aiming the ball.”

Bobby Higginson homered off Julio Mateo in the eighth.

The Tigers’ record fell to 28-76, worst in the majors by far. With 58 games remaining, they’re on a pace to lose 118. They lost 106 last season and had a franchise-record 109 defeats in 1996.

Starter Matt Roney, third baseman Young and second baseman Warren Morris each made errors, the eighth time the Tigers have committed three errors in a game. Their 88 errors are the most in the AL.

The Tigers had played seven games in a row without an error.

“We made some poor choices here today,” first-year manager Alan Trammell said. “But I don’t know if that was the reason we got beat today. Basically, after two innings, the game was out of hand.”

The first four Mariners had hits in the first inning as Seattle took a 4-0 lead against Roney (1-6), who lost his fifth straight start.

Ichiro Suzuki, Randy Winn and Boone singled for a 1-0 lead, and Martinez homered on a 1-0 pitch for his 20th homer.

Boone hit a three-run homer off Roney in the second, his 28th, and Olerud added a three-run homer off Shane Loux in the sixth, when the Mariners scored four times. It was only Olerud’s fifth homer this season.

After the game, the Mariners announced that shortstop Carlos Guillen was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation of his pelvis. Guillen had to come out of Monday night’s game with Texas because of the injury.

An MRI exam determined the extent of the injury, the Mariners said.

The Mariners acquired veteran shortstop Rey Sanchez in a trade with the New York Mets on Tuesday as insurance. They gave up minor league outfielder Kenny Kelly to the Mets.

The Mariners hope Sanchez, 35, will get to Seattle in time for Wednesday night’s game with the Tigers so they can put him in the lineup. They plan to use him at shortstop until Guillen gets healthy.

The Mariners are uncertain how long Guillen will be out.

“It’s good that there’s no fracture because that’s what we were worriedabout,” Melvin said. “I don’t think he’s lost for the year.”

Notes

The temperature at gametime was an unusually warm 90 degrees. … Suzuki got his 600th career hit in his third season with the Mariners when he singled in the first. He also doubled in the second for his 50th multihit game of the season. Suzuki grounded into his first double play of the season in the sixth—his 442nd at-bat of the season. … Martinez had hit 20 or more homers in a season eight times for the Mariners. Martinez was hit in the left wrist by a pitch by Loux in the fourth, but stayed in after being checked by trainer Rick Griffin. Martinez said the pitch didn’t hit him on the bone. … Detroit pitchers hit three Mariners with pitches, but the Tigers pitchers’ 29 hitbatters are the fewest in the majors.

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