Tigers 11, Mariners 10, 11 innings

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DETROIT (AP)—Carlos Guillen wants to show the Mariners that they misjudged his abilities. Seattle got an eyeful on Saturday night.

Guillen, traded from Seattle to Detroit last winter, had a career-best six RBIs before scoring the winning run for the Tigers in the 11th inning of a wild 11-10 victory.

“That was a pretty good game for me,” the All-Star said third baseman said after the 4:08 marathon. “It’s always fun to win a game like this, but I want Seattle to see that I can be an everyday player.”

Guillen’s performance hasn’t gone unnoticed in Seattle.

“He is having an outstanding season,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. “I don’t think anyone envisioned him having this kind of year. It certainly isn’t our best trade ever.”

The teams combined for a Comerica Park-record 36 hits, including 21 by Seattle.

“You don’t see many games like that, but it was nice to come out on the right side of one for a change,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

Rondell White led off the 11th for the Tigers with a single off Scott Atchison (1-1), and Guillen hit into a forceout and then stole second.

Craig Monroe, who was 0-for-5 at that point, lined a pitch to center field and Guillen easily beat Randy Winn’s throw to the plate, giving Detroit its third straight win.

“I’m really proud of myself, because on a lot of nights, I would have let the 0-for-5 ruin the sixth at-bat,” Monroe said. “But I kept battling and I finally got a good pitch.”

The loss was the first of Atchison’s three-week major league career.

“It happens,” he said. “I just threw a slider up and he did what he was supposed to do with it. He hit it up the middle and they won the game.”

The Mariners had their chance to take the lead in the top of the inning, putting runners on the corners, but Jamie Walker (2-4) struck out Bret Boone to end the inning.

Ivan Rodriguez was 4-for-5 with an RBI and Carlos Pena homered and drove in three runs for Detroit.

Winn matched a career high with five hits, going 5-for-6—including his 11th homer—with four RBIs for Seattle. Ichiro Suzuki went 4-for-7 with two RBIs.

The Tigers went ahead 10-7 in the sixth on Guillen’s second three-run double in as many innings.

Omar Infante walked, and Rodriguez singled one out later. After Dmitri Young grounded into fielder’s choice, White walked and Guillen followed with a double to left, scoring Rodriguez, Young and White.

“It’s frustrating to see anyone hurt us like he did tonight. When we are facing him, I want him to make outs,” Boone said of his former double-play partner. “Other than that, I wish him nothing but the best.”

The Mariners came right back in the seventh to tie it.

Dan Wilson reached on an infield single off Gary Knotts, moved to second on Willie Bloomquist’s single and went to third on pinch-hitter Edgar Martinez’s single to left. Esteban Yan came in and gave up Suzuki’s RBI infield single and a two-run double to Winn.

Seattle scored in each of the first four innings to take a 6-3 lead.

Suzuki led off the game with a triple and scored when Winn looped a single to left.

In the second, Scott Spiezio led off with a triple and scored on Wilson’s sacrifice fly. Suzuki added an RBI single to make it 3-0.

The Tigers tied it in the second on a two-run homer by Pena and an RBI single by Rodriguez.

Raul Ibanez led off the third with a homer, and the Mariners got two more runs in the fourth on Winn’s homer and Bucky Jacobsen’s run-scoring double to make it 6-3.

Detroit, though, went ahead with four runs in the fifth. Rodriguez, Young and White hit consecutive singles to load the bases, and Guillen made it 6-6 with a liner into the left-center field gap.

Guillen stole third, then scored the go-ahead run on Pena’s one-out single, chasing starter Jamie Moyer.

Seattle immediately made it 7-7 when Suzuki led off the sixth with a double and scored on Boone’s base hit.


After the game, the Tigers sent reliever Roberto Novoa to Double-A Erie and recalled relief pitcher Craig Dingman from Triple-A Toledo. … Guillen’s doubles gave him 61 extra-base hits this season. Tony Clark holds the team record for switch-hitters with 71 in 1998. … Suzuki has seven hits in the first two games of the series, and is hitting .446 lifetime at Comerica Park. … Tigers starter Jason Johnson left after just 1 1-3 innings with a slight hip strain sustained on the game’s first pitch. He gave up three runs, and is day to day. … The game was just the second in Comerica Park’s five-year history in which both teams scored 10 or more runs. The Tigers beat Minnesota 12-11 on Oct. 1, 2000.

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