Tigers hold on at plate, edge Mariners 2-1 in 14

Tigers hold on at plate, edge Mariners 2-1 in 14

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SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 17: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners slams his batting helmet to the ground after striking out with two runners on base to end the tenth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field on April 17, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 12:28 AM

SEATTLE  -- Detroit catcher Brayan Pena held onto Prince Fielder's relay throw and absorbed a collision with Justin Smoak at home plate for the final out, and the Tigers outlasted the Seattle Mariners 2-1 in 14 innings Wednesday night.

Smoak singled with one out off Joaquin Benoit, and with two outs Dustin Ackley doubled into the right-field corner. Third base coach Jeff Datz didn't hesitate in waiving Smoak around with the potential tying run. The relay from the outfield was up the third base line a bit, but Pena caught it in plenty of time and held onto the ball during the collision.

Detroit took the lead in the top of the 14th when Pena's bases-loaded groundout scored pinch-runner Don Kelly. The conclusion came long after starters Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer pitched gems in a game that included a whopping 40 strikeouts.

 

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