SEATTLE (AP) — Luis Torrens had to wait four hours before his place in Seattle Mariners history could be celebrated.
After clinching a historic win on the mound, Seattle’s backup catcher had nine innings of work to do behind the plate.
“It was the first time ever and probably the last time,” Torrens said of his victory celebration.
Abraham Toro hit a home run and drove in four carries, Cal Raleigh hit his 27th home run of the season and the Mariners defeated the Detroit Tigers 9-6 Tuesday night to win their doubleheader.
Seattle won the first game 7-6 in 10 innings as Torrens became the first position player in club history to score a win as the Mariners rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th.
Torrens didn’t have time to rest as he went from throwing to catching for the second game. Torrens had a single and hit a two-run homer on Toros in the fourth inning.
“The fact that we let Luis Torrens win that first game and came back and took that second game and kind of did everything he did there is just baseball,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “It’s a bunch of kids playing on the clay court.”
Toro added a two-run single in the fifth, an inning that also included Raleigh’s solo shot. It was Raleigh’s first homer since last Friday’s game-winning drive at the end of the ninth round that secured Seattle’s first postseason berth since 2001.
Spencer Torkelson scored in both games for Detroit and Kody Clemens scored the first grand slam of his career in the second game ahead of Seattle starter Justus Sheffield.
“It’s nice to see that hard work pays off. He ground a bit,” Detroit executive AJ Hinch said of Torkelson. “I know he has some small goals that he wanted to achieve this month. He starts to focus on that and gets rewarded for some good swings.”
Seattle secured fifth place in the American League playoffs and a date with Toronto in the best-of-three wildcard series thanks to a game-one win and Tampa Bay’s loss to Boston. It put the finishing touches on the AL playoff bracket.
But equally notable was Torrens’ unlikely win on the mound.
“It was hard to believe because at that moment it was a draw. You don’t see a positional player spot in a tie,” Torrens said. “I do the job and (Servais) believe in me. OK I got it.”
Torrens is the first positional player in the majors, alongside Shohei Ohtani, to have a win since John Baker did it for the Chicago Cubs against Colorado on July 29, 2014. He became only the second player at the Mariners position to ever pitch extra innings, joining Jamie Burke in 2008, also against Detroit.
Torrens is also the first player to win Game 1 of a doubleheader and start Game 2 in position since Rocky Colavito signed for the Yankees on Aug. 25, 1968, according to the Mariners.
With the Mariners focused on keeping the playoffs on the horizon, Torrens (1-0) began warming up under the stadium in the ninth inning and captured the mound as the game went into the extra innings.
Torrens allowed a few deep balls that allowed an undeserved run to score, but clinched the unlikely win when Toro drove a sacrificial fly into the winning run and gave Seattle their 12th walk-off win of the season .
“I was excited about the situation of the game. It wasn’t 10-0. It was 5-5,” Torrens said.
Mitch Haniger and Curt Casali also scored for Seattle in the first game.
“Today’s game doesn’t really affect things other than where we’re going to play, but our boys aren’t giving up. They like competition,” said Servais.
Seattle got a scare in the second game when Dylan Moore was hit in the right hand by a pitch. X-rays were negative. … Seattle put utility man Sam Haggerty on the 10-day injured list with a groin injury that will rule him out for at least the first two rounds of the playoffs. Haggerty was injured during a stolen base attempt in the ninth inning of Monday’s loss and could make a significant impact on Seattle’s playoff roster given his versatility. Seattle recalled Toro from Triple-A Tacoma to take Haggerty’s place.
Tigers: LHP Tyler Alexander (4-11, 4.72) starts Wednesday’s regular-season finals. Alexander has conceded four earned runs in 18 innings combined in his last three starts.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (10-15, 4.14) will make his final start of the regular season and is unlikely to make Seattle’s wildcard list. Gonzales could end up in the ALDS should Seattle advance. Gonzales has lost his last three decisions and conceded nine homers in his last five starts.
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