Cal Raleigh sparks Seattle Mariners rallies in 9-3 Detroit win | News, Sports, Jobs
DETROIT — Cal Raleigh fired a six-run third with a solo homer and capped it with a sacrifice fly as the Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 on Tuesday night.
Ty France added three hits, including his 16th homer, and scored three runs with two RBIs. Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer for Seattle, which has won four of its last five games.
In its first full major league season, Raleigh has 19 homers.
“He’s a phenomenal receiver and for him to have at bat that he has is important for the team,” says France. “The most important thing is just to have that confidence of ‘I belong in the big leagues’ and he definitely runs with it.”
France scored back-to-back after only hitting one the rest of the month.
“I was hoping it would continue from what he did on Sunday and it started with that first swing tonight,” said manager Scott Servais.
George Kirby (6-3) allowed just two hits in five scoreless innings. Chris Flexen pitched four relief innings for his first save.
Tigers starter Matt Manning (1-2) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. Rookie Riley Greene extended his hitting streak to eight games with a triple RBI in the eighth inning.
Manning allowed just one run and three hits in seven innings against the Los Angeles Angels in his previous outing.
“He threw a few loose breaking balls that got hit and had a couple two-hit hits,” said manager AJ Hinch. “Just a bad night for him. It looked like he was gone from the start.
France’s one-out home run in the second period put Seattle in the lead. He traveled about 438 feet to center right.
“I was running hard” says France. “It’s hard to go there. I knew I hit it right, but this park is big.
Raleigh’s homer in the third was followed by five hits from the next six hitters, including back-to-back RBI singles from Mitch Haniger, Eugenio Suarez and France. Adam Frazier’s single on Will Vest and Raleigh’s Sacrificial Fly capped the explosion.
“It’s great to see” Servais said. “You just have to keep the line moving. Everyone contributes and has good sticks and gets the balls going. We just haven’t done that recently. Sometimes all it takes is a night like this to get everyone feeling confident and relaxed again.
Santana beat Daniel Norris in fifth.
Marines: SS JP Crawford was sidelined with a strained pectoral muscle. Manager Scott Servais hopes Crawford can return to action on Wednesday. “He feels better,” Servais said. “I thought it best to keep him outside today.”
Tigers: OF Austin Meadows (Achilles strains) is training at the ballpark and may be on another rehab assignment soon. Meadows has not played since June 15.
Mariners: OF Dylan Moore was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 29, with a right oblique sprain. INF Abraham Toro was recalled from Tacoma Triple-A and started at 2B on Tuesday. Toro had one hit and scored a run on four at bats.
Audio difficulties made on-field microphones useless before the game, so fans scattered around the stadium helped sing the Star Spangled Banner.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (9-12, 3.97 ERA), who has won his last two starts, will kick off the midpoint game of the series. He’s 1-3 with a 3.77 ERA in five career starts against the Tigers.
Tigers: LHP Tyler Alexander (3-8, 4.83 ERA) will look to bounce back Wednesday from his worst start this season. He gave up seven runs and eight hits, including three homers, in three innings against Texas on Friday.