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Tigers defeated 8-1 by Mariners; Robbie Ray falls short


DETROIT (WKZO) -- Seattle and Detroit are both clearly hungry for the second AL wild card spot, but Robbie Ray had a difficult time filling Anibal Sanchez's shoes, and the Tigers fell 8-1 to the team. 

Seattle starter Chris Young retaliated against Detroit, who ended starter Felix Hernandez's record run allowance streak in Saturday's game. Young kept the Tigers scoreless through the sixth inning, at which point Tom Wilhelmsen and Danny Farquhar continued the trend til the 8th. By then, Detroit had little chance to catch up to the Mariners' 8-run lead.

Refusing to go out in a shutout, however, Victor Martinez drove in a lone double in the 8th (allowing Miguel Cabrera to score) which gave Detroit their only run of the night. Reliever Al Alburquerque closed out the game, keeping Seattle from gaining any further lead, but the Tigers had the same problem in the final inning.

Rookie Robbie Ray (1-3), who was replacing an injured Anibal Sanchez, gave up four runs in just five innings, only three earned. It wasn't all on him, however, as lax defense led to several errors, including one from Victor Martinez. The resulting loss gave Seattle the series, 2-1.

After taking Monday off, Detroit heads out to play the Tampa Bay Rays. Broadcast time for game one is Tuesday at 6:45 PM on 590 WKZO.