Detroit Tigers lose no-hit bid in 7th inning, then game at Seattle in 11
SEATTLE (AP) — Once Tigers starting pitcher Francisco Liriano was finished, the Seattle Mariners finally got started.
Mitch Haniger kept Seattle alive with a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and Jean Segura’s RBI single in the 11th gave the Mariners a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Sunday.
“The heart that this club has is pretty, pretty impressive, it really is,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “These guys, they just keep battling through adversity.”
Liriano took a no-hitter into the seventh but closer Shane Greene blew his third save of the season, giving up Haniger’s 11th home run on an 0-2 pitch with one out. Haniger has hit two game-tying home runs in the seventh inning or later this season.
“I couldn’t have made a worse pitch at a worse time, and I paid for it,” Greene said.
Second baseman Dee Gordon led off the 11th with a single against Buck Farmer (0-3), stole his AL-leading 16th base to advance to second, then scored on Jean Segura’s single down the right-field line, his second career game-ending hit.
Liriano attempted to become the first Tigers pitcher not named Justin Verlander to throw a no-hitter since 1984, but Haniger’s line drive single with one out in the seventh ended his run at history.
First baseman John Hicks provided Detroit with its only offense, launching a 1-1 pitch from Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc deep into the left-field bullpen with two outs in the first for his fifth home run of the season.
Mariners 7, Tigers 2
On Saturday night in Seattle, James Paxton threw a three-hitter in his second complete game in three starts.
Paxton (3-1) struck out eight and walked one in his second start since twirling a no-hitter two weeks ago against Toronto — the only other game in which he has gone the distance in six major league seasons. He retired the final 15 batters he faced.
Segura hit his third home run of the season and drove in three, while Gordon had two RBIs.
Segura’s homer off in the first Detroit starter Mike Fiers (4-3) gave the Mariners a quick 1-0 lead.
Victor Martinez hit a solo homer off Paxton in the second inning to tie the game at 1.