Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/1)

Game 1: Friday, April 30
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in 10
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Game 2: Saturday, May 1
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Detroit4
Game 3: Sunday, May 2
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Mariners 2

(8-16, 4-10 away)

Tigers 4

(13-11, 7-7 home)

    1:05 PM ET, May 1, 2004

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: J. Bonderman (3-1)

    L: R. Franklin (1-2)

    S: U. Urbina (2)

    Urbina now 2-0 on saves for Tigers

    DETROIT (AP) -- Jeremy Bonderman learned the most important lesson for a young fastball pitcher: Don't throw so hard all the time.

    "Now I know that I don't have to go after every batter with the hardest pitch I've got," he said. "Today, I was throwing sinkers and getting grounders. It was a good game."

    Bonderman (3-1) allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings and the Detroit Tigers handed the Seattle Mariners their eighth loss in 10 games with a 4-2 victory Saturday.

    Bonderman, who went 6-19 last season as a 20-year-old rookie, allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter, helping the Tigers to just their second win in six games.

    "He gave us a different look than when we faced him last year," Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. "Last year, everything was 93-96 (mph), but today he was throwing stuff in the high 80s and getting some sink on the ball, and then humping it up when he needed it. He pitched very well."

    Tigers catcher Brandon Inge said he had an easy day behind the plate.

    "I just set up on the outside corner and let Jeremy do all the work," he said. "A major league hitter can hit any fastball, so you have to confuse them. When he's throwing 88, then 85 on a slider, and then he comes in with one at 96, it looks like 150 to the batter. That's what he has learned since last season, and that's what makes him so tough."

    Seattle ruined Bonderman's shutout when Jolbert Cabrera, subbing for injured second baseman Bret Boone, led off the eighth with an infield single, and John Olerud followed with an RBI double. Bonderman retired the next two batters, but Ichiro Suzuki drove in Olerud with an infield single to shortstop.

    "I wasn't tired -- they just fouled off a lot of pitches in that inning," said Bonderman, who didn't win his third game last season until July 9.

    Danny Patterson relieved Bonderman and struck out pinch-hitter Edgar Martinez.

    "I just put myself in a hole," Martinez said. "I didn't swing at a single strike -- I swung at three bad pitches."

    Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his second save in as many chances, ending Seattle's eight-game winning streak over Detroit.

    Seattle starter Ryan Franklin (1-2) gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk in seven innings.

    Boone was scratched from the original starting lineup because of back spasms. His status for the series finale Sunday wasn't immediately known.

    The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Rodriguez's second homer of the season. The play was originally ruled a double, but the umpires changed the call after a conference. Replays showed that the ball hit the top of the new left-center field fence, which is shorter and closer, bounced off the old wall and back onto the field.

    "I just got the ball up a little," Franklin said. "If I keep that pitch down, it's a different story. After that, I pitched pretty well."

    Detroit made it 3-0 in the second when Carlos Pena singled, stole second and scored on Inge's two-out single.

    Norton's first home run with the Tigers gave Detroit a 4-0 lead in the fifth.

    Raul Ibanez tripled off Bonderman with two outs in the seventh, but Dave Hansen grounded out to end the inning.

    Game notes


    Seattle SS Willie Bloomquist left in the fourth inning because of a strained lower back. ... Detroit OF Rondell White was named the Tigers' Hitter of the Month after batting .306 and leading the AL with 22 RBI in April. Mike Maroth won the pitching award, going 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA. ... Suzuki grounded into a double play in the sixth. It was his second in as many days and fourth of the season, one more than all of last year.

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