Mariners hand Tigers 18th shutout loss, complete sweep

Julio Rodriguez and Ty France hit back-to-back homers in the third inning and the Mariners ended a three-game streak by beating the Tigers 7-0.

DETROIT (AP) — Julio Rodriguez and Ty France hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning, and the Seattle Mariners ended a three-game streak by beating the Detroit Tigers 7-0 on Thursday.

France and Curt Casali each had two runs as the Mariners won for the sixth time in seven games. The Tigers have been ruled out for the 18th time this season.

“We’re getting better at the right time,” said Seattle coach Scott Servais. “I don’t think we’ve reached our ceiling yet, and it’s a really high one.”

Logan Gilbert (11-5), who was winless in his previous nine starts, held Detroit on two hits and a walk while hitting nine in six innings. Gilbert’s last win came on July 5th.

“Logan had a fantastic season,” said Servais. “He had a few starts against the Yankees that didn’t go so well. If you take those few starts, his numbers are fantastic. He’s had a really good year for us but it was nice to give him a win today.”

Gilbert set up his fastball early and then frustrated the Tigers with his slider. His strikeout total was a season high. In his last five starts, he has only had 15 total strikeouts.

“August wasn’t my best. I’m feeling pretty good,” said Gilbert. “I didn’t feel like I was that far away. Hopefully that bodes well to continue rolling from here.”

Tigers starter Eduardo Rodriguez (3-4) gave up six carries, five earned and six hits in four innings.

Detroit rookie Riley Greene had two singles and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Seattle scored an unearned run in Eugenio Suarez’s first RBI single. Rodriguez hit his 22nd homer on Eduardo Rodriguez’s first shot of the third inning. France followed with their 17th homer.

The Mariners extended their lead to 6-0 in game four as Casali won in doubles and France’s singles on run scoring.

Outside of Greene, the Tigers only had two hits, none for extra bases. They also struck 11 times.

“They clearly outplayed us,” said Detroit coach AJ Hinch. “Offensively we had a really hard time dealing with Gilbert’s fastball. The daunting part is when there is little to no offense.”

roster moves

Mariners: LHP Matt Boyd was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and OF Taylor Trammell was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma as the major league roster expands to 28 players. Boyd, who made 143 starts for Detroit from 2015-21, was acquired by San Francisco. Trammell has appeared in 32 games with the Mariners this season and has hit .235s with three homers.

Boyd, who underwent flexor tendon surgery last year, recorded three groundouts in the eighth inning on his debut of the season in Seattle. Trammell batted ninth and went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Tigers: 1B Spencer Torkelson and INF Ryan Kreidler were called up by Triple A Toledo and RHP Michael Pineda (right tricep strain) was reinstated from the 15-day injured list. Pineda starts against Kansas City on Saturday. INF Zack Short was optioned to Toledo and RHP Rony Garcia (right shoulder pain) was moved to the 60-day IL.


Mariners: RHP Luis Castillo (5-5, 2.85 ERA) starts Friday in Cleveland with the start of a three-game series. Castillo held the Guardians on a run while hitting out 10 in six innings on Saturday but ended with no decision.

Tigers: RHP Drew Hutchison (2-7, 4.01 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game home series against Kansas City on Friday. Hutchison has allowed just 10 earned runs in his last six starts. Mariners hand Tigers 18th shutout loss, complete sweep

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