DETROIT (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners found the perfect way to
overcome a trying day: win.
Just hours after starter Ryan Franklin was suspended for 10 days
for violating baseball's steroid policy Tuesdy, Raul Ibanez hit a
two-run single in a three-run eighth inning to lift the Mariners
over the Detroit Tigers 4-1.
"It was nice to play baseball." Seattle manager Mike Hargrove
said. "This isn't the first club things like this have happened
to, and it won't be the last. It's a credit to our players and
coaching staff that they kept their minds on business and were
ready to play."
Jeff Harris pitched five scoreless inning in his major league
debut. He was pitching in relief of Jorge Campillo, who was making
his first big league start. Campillo left after the first inning
with a strained right elbow. He will be evaluated on Wednesday.
Jeremy Reed's hustle on a sacrifice bunt helped spark a
three-run rally in the eighth inning and secure the victory.
Seeing third base unoccupied, Reed never slowed down, running
from first to third and beating a throw from first baseman Chris
Shelton to catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who had sprinted to third.
"We had talked about a situation like that, about what to do if
it happened, and luckily it did" Reed said. "Hansen got the bunt
down and when I took off I saw no one was at third. I was going."
After a walk to Wiki Gonzalez, Reed scored on a double by
Yuniesky Betancourt. Gonzalez and Betancourt scored on Ibanez's
single with the bases loaded.
Ibanez singled on an 0-2 count off Detroit reliever Jamie
"He's a big league hitter, and I'm a big league pitcher,"
Walker said. "He beat me. I wanted it down and off the plate, but
it spun. That's what good hitters are supposed to do."
Detroit second baseman Placido Polanco, who signed a four-year,
$18.4 million contract extension earlier in the day, had two of the
Tigers' six hits, including a leadoff double in the bottom of the
Detroit starter Jason Johnson (7-9) allowed five hits, walked
three -- one intentionally -- and struck out one in 7 2/3 innings.
Harris, called up earlier in the day when reliever Jeff Nelson
went on bereavement leave, allowed three singles in five innings in
his major league debut. He struck out one and walked none.
"I kept telling myself to relax," Harris said. "I hit my
spots and gave the team a chance to win. Wiki called a great game
Adrian Beltre homered in the second inning off Johnson, who
didn't allow another runner past first until the eighth.
Rodriguez tied it with a two-out homer in the seventh.
Detroit shortstop Carlos Guillen missed Tuesday's game
after tending to a family matter in his native Venezuela. He's
expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday. ... The Mariners
recalled reliever Masao Kida from Triple-A Tacoma to replace
Franklin. Kida pitched briefly for the Mariners in 2004 and for
Detroit in 1999-00. ... Nelson will miss the Detroit series
following the death of his father-in-law. ... After Tuesday's game,
the Mariners are 37-23 this season when they hit a homer, 9-36 when