Marco Gonzales dominated a bad Detroit offense, while the Mariner bats showed up in full force on Saturday at T-Mobile Park.
The Gonzaga product pitched seven strong innings and allowed just one run on six hits, while striking out eight Tiger batters.
Omar Narvaez paced the Seattle offense, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored.
31-year-old rookie Ryan Court made his major league debut Friday night when he came in to pinch-hit in the ninth. Saturday would be a totally different story for Court.
The latest Mariner call-up collected his first MLB hit and run batted in during the fourth inning. Then, he crushed a ball for a ground-rule double in the seventh for two more RBI.
Court, a utility man, started the day in right field, and finished the game with a catch of the final out at first base. Court went 2-for-5 with three RBI at the plate.
Winning Pitcher, (12-8) Marco Gonzales: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 K, 0 BB
Losing Pitcher, (0-1) Tyler Alexander: 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 9 K, 1 BB
The M’s look to sweep the four-game series with Detroit on Sunday. Coverage starts with Mariners Sunday Magazine at 11 a.m. on 102.9/750 The Game.
NOTE: Saturday marked the first time in 2019 that neither team hit a home run during a Mariners game. The streak ended at 107 straight games with at least one home run hit (by Seattle or their opponent) in the game. The previous MLB record was 69 games.
Here are the highlights from the game:
Top 3rd … Niko Goodrum RBI Single, 1-0 Tigers
Bottom 4th … Austin Nola 2-Run Triple, 2-1 Mariners
Bottom 4th … Ryan Court RBI Single, 3-1 Mariners (1st career hit & RBI)
Bottom 5th … Tim Beckham RBI Double, 4-1 Mariners
Bottom 7th … Daniel Vogelbach RBI Single, 5-1 Mariners
Bottom 7th … Austin Nola RBI Double, 6-1 Mariners
Bottom 7th … Court 2-Run Double, 8-1 Mariners
Final Call, 8-1 Mariners Win!!