Figgins hits tiebreaking double for Mariners

Associated Press Modified: April 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm •  Published: April 26, 2012
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DETROIT (AP) — Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge has been talking about how his young team has to combine development with winning.

Well, the winning is starting to come.

Chone Figgins hit a two-out, tiebreaking double in the seventh inning that was misjudged by right fielder Brennan Boesch, and Seattle completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 5-4 victory Thursday.

"It's all about development, don't get me wrong," he said. "But part of that development, the biggest part of it, is that we're coming to the ballpark and trying to find a way to win."

Figgins' drive to right-center scored Brendan Ryan, who reached on a two-out walk from Rick Porcello (1-2).

"Just a pitch middle in. I thought I hit it real good," Figgins said. "But when I saw him coming in, I thought 'I didn't hit it that bad. . Good thing it worked out for us."

Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer and Miguel Olivo also connected for the Mariners, who took a 4-0 lead in the fourth before the Tigers tied it.

"They came back and we were able to counter punch," Smoak said. "That's what you've got to do."

Figgins, who has struggled early in the season, was 3 for 4 with a run and a stolen base from the leadoff spot to help Seattle reach .500 at 10-10.

"I was a little more aggressive today. And the results will bear it," Figgins said.

Wedge said the sweep especially helped the confidence of his young players.

"It makes you feel better, especially on the road, to get a sweep," Smoak said.

Miguel Cabrera hit his sixth home run for the Tigers, who have lost six of seven after a 9-3 start.

"We're not getting big hits late in the game. We're not making some plays, we're not pitching real good, we're not managing good enough, we're not coaching good enough," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "We're all involved in this together, that's just the way it is. You just gotta get aggressive and take charge and get after somebody."

Former Tigers reliever Charlie Furbush (1-1) pitched a perfect inning.

"A little different. It was fun though. Being in this ballpark after being up here for a while last year, I had some familiarity," said Furbush, who came to Seattle in the deal that sent Doug Fister to Detroit last summer. "I know the guys and know some of their tendencies as hitters. Kind of felt a little at home."

Brandon League induced Alex Avila's double-play grounder to escape a first-and-second, one-out jam in the ninth and get his seventh save in eight chances.



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