Felix Hernandez has been a non-factor for the Mariners the past month or so, but Hisashi Iwakuma has helped pick up the missing ace slack for his team. Tonight was arguably the finest outing all season by Iwakuma, who matched his 2013 high of eight innings in shutting down the Detroit Tigers n four hits. The final score was 8-0, but it was actually a 3-0 game heading into the eighth before the Mariners blitzed Phil Coke and Al Abuquerque for four runs. Franklin Gutierrez then topped it off with a ninth-inning solo homer. Justin Smoak also homered, drove in a run with a single and scored on two rather-amusing plays. The first one was a second inning jaunt from first to home on the first of two Michael Saunders doubles. Then came the eighth when he and Saunders both scored on the same wild pitch.
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