SEATTLE ( Associated Press) — Julio Rodriguez put an exclamation point on his Rookie of the Year campaign by hitting 28 home runs, and the Seattle Mariners looked ready to return to the playoffs after a long absence, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Wednesday.
Ty France hits a game-ending single for Seattle.
Rodriguez set a franchise record, opening a game with a home run for the sixth time this season. He ended his rookie regular season with .284 average, 25 doubles, 75 RBI and 25 steals.
Mitch Hanniger added a two-run homer, while Lewis Torrance, who improved as a pitcher and won the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, giving Seattle 4-3 got the edge.
The Mariners settled the game in ninth place after Gregory Soto (2–11) ran and made a throwing error on JP Crawford’s grounder to put Kasley in the scoring position.
Jared Kelenick walked and France singles.
Seattle (90–72) tied the season together with 90 wins or more, something they had not achieved since 2000–2003. Their next challenge is the American League Wild Card series starting Friday in Toronto.
Eric Swanson (3-2) got the win with two strikeouts in the ninth inning
For the Tigers, Puerto Rican Javier Baez with a 3-1 RBI. Dominican jammer Candelario 4-2 with an RBI.
For the Mariners, Dominican Rodriguez scored 2–1 and an RBI, Carlos Santana 4–1. Torrance of Venezuela scored 4–2 and produced two, Abraham Toro 4–2.