Brandon Inge hits tiebreaking homer to help Tigers beat Mariners 12-6

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DETROIT (AP)—Brandon Inge hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning to help the Detroit Tigers beat Seattle 12-6 Saturday night and move ahead of the Mariners in the American League wild-card race.

Ivan Rodriguez went 4-for-5 with a home run in the eighth for the Tigers, who entered the day trailing the New York Yankees by three games for the wild-card playoff spot.

Placido Polanco had three hits and drove in four runs and Timo Perez also had three hits for the Tigers, who have won the first two games of the three-game series.

Magglio Ordonez also drove in a pair of runs for Detroit.

The Mariners, who have lost 13 of their last 14, got home runs from Adrian Beltre and Yuniesky Betancourt.

Reliever Zach Miner (3-3) allowed a run and three hits in 2 1-3 innings.

Detroit starter Nate Robertson lasted 4 2-3 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits, walking three, and striking out three.

Jeff Weaver (6-12) gave up seven runs, six earned, on nine hits and two walks in his first start since July 31.

Inge’s homer in the sixth, which ended Weaver’s night, followed a leadoff double by Sean Casey. Ordonez’s two-out double brought in the third run.

In the fourth inning Curtis Granderson led off with his league-leading 22nd triple, the most in a season since Cleveland’s Dale Mitchell had 23 in 1949.


Seattle 1B Richie Sexson returned after missing seven games with a sore left hamstring. … Detroit recalled the contracts of LHP Clay Rapada, and OF Brent Clevlen from Triple-A Toledo. … Ordonez got his league-leading 47th double.

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