The Detroit Tigers have had trouble with the Seattle Mariners this season, with four losses already to the Mariners including the first game of the series on Monday, but going into Tuesday's game with Justin Verlander on the hill they were looking to change that.
It started off well enough, with the Tigers racing to a 5-0 lead by the end of the second inning thanks to good hitting by Andy Dirks and Delmon Young. After that, the game started to slowly sink away from Detroit. Jim Leyland was ejected in the third inning after an argument about the strike zone with home plate umpire Brian Knight, and Seattle scored three straight runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 5-3.
Each team traded another run in the 7th inning to bring the score to 6-4, and the Tigers bullpen made the game far too interesting for comfort when the 9th rolled around. Brandon League got a quick 1-2-3 inning away from the Tigers and the Mariners ended up getting loaded bases from Jose Valverde in the bottom of the inning before Don Kelly made a huge tumbling catch in foul territory to end it.
With the win, the Tigers are back over .500 and can start to focus on getting their groove back in their division, where they currently trail the Cleveland Indians.