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Price helps Tigers beat Mariners 4-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 16, 2014 at 10:50 pm •  Published: August 16, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — David Price got into a sticky situation in the eighth, and Brad Ausmus decided to leave the ace in the game.

Price then rewarded his manager for the vote of confidence.

Price wriggled out of the jam in his final inning, and the Detroit Tigers snapped Seattle's five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory over Felix Hernandez and the Mariners on Saturday.

The Tigers had a three-run lead when the Mariners loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. When Ausmus came out of the dugout, Price was sure his night was done.

"I've never had a manager come out in the middle of the inning and not pull me," he said. "That had never happened."

But Ausmus just wanted to check in with Price, who is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts since he was acquired from Tampa Bay in a three-team trade last month.

"This is only David's third game for us, so I'm not used to how he handles himself late in the game," Ausmus said. "I went out there to ask him if he was OK, he gave me a very definitive answer, and I went back to the dugout."

Price (12-8) then struck out Austin Jackson — one of the players Detroit traded for him — and then got Dustin Ackley to ground into a force at second.

"That was a huge moment for me," Price said. "I wanted to finish that inning off, so I looked Brad straight in the eye and told him I was good to go. I didn't want to be one of those pitchers who looks down and mumbles that he's OK. I wanted to make sure he knew I was ready."

Hernandez was pulled after five innings and 92 pitches. He allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out three and walked none.

Hernandez was hit on his left hip by Ian Kinsler's comebacker on the third out of the fourth inning, and took another glancing blow from a ball hit by Miguel Cabrera in the fifth.

"He's fine, we just took him out as a precaution after he got hit again by Miguel in the fifth," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Hernandez (13-4) lost his record streak of 16 straight starts of at least seven innings and no more than two runs. Hernandez broke Tom Seaver's major league mark of 13 straight earlier this month.

"I'm fine — I'm going to live," Hernandez said. "I was throwing a lot of pitches tonight, especially at the beginning of the game. I wasn't missing by much.

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