Making his first start at Comerica since being traded to the Tigers, David Price reminded the hometown fans just how good he is.
In a duel between two of the American League’s best, Price pitched 8 innings of three hit ball as the Tigers defeated Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners 4-2 tonight from Comerica Park. The win for Detroit ended Seattle’s five game winning streak while also pulling the Tigers within a half game of the Royals for first place in the AL Central after their 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Aside though from ending the Mariners’ winning streak and moving in on the Royals, the Tigers also ended Hernandez’s impressive 16-game streak of pitching into at least the 7th inning while allowing two runs or less. Hernandez, who’s a heavy favorite to win the AL Cy Young Award this season was hit in the left by Ian Kinsler in the fourth inning. King Felix ended up pitching the fifth but was taken out after that throwing a total of 92 pitches.
The Tigers took the lead in the second inning when Eugenio Suarez managed to beat out a possible inning ending double play that scored J.D. Martinez. And during the inning, former Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon was ejected by plate umpire Tony Randazzo.
Nick Castellanos also had a home run for Detroit after Robinson Cano was able to score former Tiger Austin Jackson to get Seattle on the board.
Joe Nathan, who made his first appearance since essentially telling the Comerica Park crowd to eff off pitched a one-run 9th while entering to a mixed review of cheers and boos.
NOTES: After the game, the Tigers called up reliever Jim Johnson and optioned P Melvin Mercedes to Triple-A Toledo.