Tigers 8, Mariners 3

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DETROIT (AP)—Craig Monroe and Nate Robertson found the right mental approach.

Monroe went 4-for-5 with a tiebreaking homer, and Robertson pitched seven solid innings in the Detroit Tigers’ 8-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

Robertson (10-7) allowed two runs, six hits, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

“You have to be able to think about the execution, not the mechanics,” said Robertson, who had three losses in his previous five starts. “I was able to have a clear mind out there about what I was doing.”

Esteban Yan gave up Edgar Martinez’s RBI single in the eighth, and Jamie Walker pitched a scoreless ninth.

“He (Robertson) threw a lot of breaking balls and changeups in fastball counts, which we knew,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s got some unbelievable counts where he throws a lot of sliders, a lot of changeups and we knew that coming in.”

Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki was back in the lineup after leaving Wednesday night’s game against Kansas City when he was hit in the head by a pitch. He went 3-for-4.

“In the first inning when I ran down the line, I was really dizzy and didn’t know if I could even run straight,” Suzuki said through a translator. “To me, it felt like having four beers, for me. … The next time it was three beers, the next time it was two beers. It didn’t go to zero beers. Maybe the last time was one beer.”

Randy Winn homered for the Mariners.

Ron Villone (4-4) allowed five runs, four earned, and eight hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out two.

“I got behind once or twice and I tried to throw a strike,” he said. “When I threw a strike, they were hitting it.”

Monroe’s leadoff homer on the first pitch of the sixth broke a 2-2 tie.

“Just not putting pressure on myself. Just not thinking myself out of being a good player,” said Monroe, who is 12-for-24 during a six-game hitting streak.

Detroit added two more runs in the inning on Brandon Inge’s triple and Jason Smith’s RBI groundout. Inge and Smith each drove in two runs.

“Things happened so fast in the sixth inning,” Villone said. “Before you knew it, we were behind by three.”

Bobby Higginson hit a two-run double in the eighth, and Ivan Rodriguez added an RBI double for Detroit.

The Tigers broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the fourth.

After Rondell White walked and Monroe singled to start the inning, they both advanced on Miguel Olivo’s passed ball. Inge’s one-out single scored White, and Smith had an RBI groundout.

Seattle came back with a run in the fifth when Jolbert Cabrera’s RBI single drove in Olivo, who doubled with two outs.

The Mariners had a chance to get more after Inge’s error at third allowed Jose Lopez to reach first and sent Cabrera to third. But Suzuki’s fielder’s choice ended the inning.

Seattle tied it at 2 in the sixth on Winn’s leadoff homer on the first pitch of the inning.


Suzuki is hitting .522 (36-for-69) in August. He leads the major leagues with a .369 batting average and 192 hits. … Monroe’s last four-hit game was Sept. 7, 2003. … The start was delayed by rain for 28 minutes. … Higginson got his 700th career RBI.

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