Tigers starter Grilli wins for first time in a year

DETROIT (AP) -- Jason Grilli has had a fairly memorable

After winning the clinching game in the Toledo Mud Hens'
International League championship, Grilli was called up to the
Detroit Tigers.

Grilli's Detroit debut came on Sept. 19, 30 years to the day
after his father Steve's major league debut, also with the Tigers.

With his dad in the crowd Saturday night, he had another
highlight, beating the Seattle Mariners 7-1 in his first start for
the Tigers.

"You couldn't script anything better than this," he said. "To
win this game, wearing my dad's number with him watching from the
stands, that's just extra special. He doesn't know it yet, but he's
getting the game ball."

The Tigers snapped an eight-game losing streak, improving to
5-19 in September.

"It's been a tough, difficult month," Tigers manager Alan
Trammell said. "But we won tonight, so I feel great."

The Mariners fell to 3-7 on their season-high 11-game road trip.

Grilli (1-0) won for the first time since Sept. 11, 2004, for
the Chicago White Sox, allowing one run and two hits. He walked
four and struck out four.

"Jason did an outstanding job for us," Trammell said. "I'm
sure he's happy, and I couldn't be happier for him."

Grilli gets a chance to make his month even more successful when
he faces his former team on Thursday.

"You always love pitching against your old team, and now I can
try to play spoiler against the White Sox," he said. "That would
be a great way to finish the year."

Chris Spurling, Jamie Walker and Fernando Rodney finished.

Jamie Moyer (12-7) took the loss, allowing three runs -- all on
solo homers -- on five hits in 7 1-3 innings. The three homers
matched a season high for Moyer, who gave up a club-record 44 last

"I thought I kept us in the game," Moyer said. "Three solo
homers, and it is only 3-1, so you've still got a chance. What else
can you do?"

After Chris Shelton hit his 17th homer in the first, Seattle
tied the game in the second. With one out, Adrian Beltre walked,
took third on Greg Dobbs' single and scored on Jose Lopez's single
to left.

Grilli, though, did not allow another hit.

Craig Monroe, a late addition to the lineup in place of Magglio
Ordonez, homered off Moyer in the fourth and Placido Polanco hit
his sixth homer with the Tigers in the sixth.

"Today was a day when I was going to relax and it ended up
working out for me," Monroe said. "I got a chance to swing the
bat and get some more confidence. That's a good day off."

Seattle put runners on the corners with two outs in the eighth
on singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Yuniesky Betancourt, but Walker
replaced Spurling and got Raul Ibanez to ground out to end the

Moyer retired the leadoff batter in the eighth, but was
immediately replaced by Scott Atchison. Atchison allowed hits to
all three batters he faced, and Matt Thornton gave up a two-run
homer to Carlos Pena later in a four-run inning.

"Jamie got the first guy, but he had thrown 97 pitches and the
next three batters had all homered off him," Seattle manager Mike
Hargrove said. "We didn't want him to go over 100 pitches facing
those guys, but the wheels just came off."

Game notes
Ivan Rodriguez walked in the seventh, his fourth in two
weeks after walking only seven times in the first five months of
the season. ... Grilli's only career complete game came at Comerica
Park for the White Sox last Sept. 27. ... Detroit needs four wins
in its final eight games to match last year's 72-90 record. ...
Ordonez was scratched with soreness related to the sports hernia
that caused him to miss the first three months of the season.