SEATTLE – John Jaso's sacrifice fly capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
Octavio Dotel came on in the ninth for Detroit with closer Jose Valverde unavailable after three consecutive appearances. Dotel walked Brendan Ryan and Ichiro Suzuki then advanced both with a wild pitch. Ryan scored on another wild pitch to pull the Mariners within a run.
Jesus Montero then doubled to deep center, the ball hitting the wall just left of the 405 marker, to drive in Suzuki.
Duane Below relieved Dotel (1-1) before Kyle Seager sacrificed pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki to third base prior to Jaso driving him in.
Steve Delabar (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth.
Detroit starter Doug Fister was denied his first win of the season in his second start. He was removed from his first outing April 7 after straining his left side. On Monday night, he allowed four hits, walked none and struck out three.
Blake Beavan started for Seattle but left after being hit on the right elbow by a line drive in the third inning.
Beavan was in trouble in the third after Austin Jackson singled and stole second. Andy Dirks moved Jackson to third with a single, bringing Miguel Cabrera to the plate. Cabrera's strong line drive of an 0-1 pitch hit Beavan in the elbow.
The ball caromed to third baseman Kyle Seager, who picked it up to start what turned out to be a 1-5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Beavan walked off the mound without wincing, but the Mariners immediately told Hisashi Iwakuma to warm-up in the bullpen. He took over in the fourth for Beavan, who was diagnosed with a right elbow contusion and threw three innings, allowing one run.
Fister dominated over his seven innings. He allowed a two-out double to Suzuki in the first and a bunt-single to Michael Saunders in the third. Dustin Ackley singled in the sixth and Jaso hit a two-out double in the seventh.
Fister retired six in a row over the fourth and the fifth. The only solid hit came from Justin Smoak, who drove a fly ball to deep center field. Fister threw less than 10 pitches in four of the first five innings.
After throwing four innings May 2 for Triple-A Toledo in his final rehabilitation start from a left costochondral strain, Fister wasn't on a specific pitch count Monday. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he would "use common sense" when assessing how far into the game Fister could go. Fister ended up throwing 73 pitches.
Jhonny Peralta singled to open the seventh inning off Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley. Left-hander Charlie Furbush relieved Kelley with two outs in the seventh, and allowed a singled to Austin Jackson, then walked Andy Dirks to load the bases. Furbush won a battle with Cabrera, who grounded out to third base after a seven-pitch at-bat.
Prince Fielder reached on his second blooper of the night then scored on a broken-bat single by Brennan Boesch in the fourth inning. Iwakuma was able to strike out Ryan Raburn a pitch after Raburn pulled a line drive just foul down the left-field line.
Fielder's first-inning bloop double down the left-field line drove in Dirks, who had doubled two batters earlier, to put Detroit ahead 1-0.
Notes: Seattle hit .322 in a three-game sweep of Detroit April 24-26. ... Monday's visit to Seattle started Detroit's run of 19 of the next 24 games on the road. ... Detroit starter Justin Verlander, who will face Seattle on Tuesday, is 3-4 with a 4.44 ERA in his career at Safeco Field. Seattle has won Verlander's last three starts at Safeco. .. The Mariners lead the majors with the most blown leads in a loss (10).