Mariners use catcher to pitch 10th inning, still beating Tigers in Game 1 of doubleheader

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The Seattle Mariners nearly conceded Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader at T-Mobile Park, but the Detroit Tigers were unwilling to accept the giveaway.

The Mariners inserted a position player to kick off the 10th inning of a tie, but the Tigers scored just one run while closer Gregory Soto allowed two in the bottom of the inning. The Mariners won the game 7-6.

The Tigers (66-94) have won 11 of their last 14 games and played well, but Tuesday’s loss was frustrating. They end the season with two more against the Mariners (88-72), who have already clinched a playoff spot and are playing like that.

The starkest example came in the 10th inning of a 5-5 game when Mariners manager Scott Servais opted to use catcher Luis Torrens as a pitcher rather than exhaust the arms that need to be rested to the playoffs.

Torrens did well, allowing just one hit, but the Tigers scored a run on Riley Greene’s sacrifice fly. The Mariners quickly overtook that with two singles and then a fly sack to win the game.

Torrens becomes the first player in Mariners history to record a win. according to the team.

Tigers starter Eduardo Rodriguez allowed three runs in six innings. He finishes the 2022 season with a 4.05 ERA in 17 starts in 91 innings. He missed three months for personal reasons.

Miguel Cabrera walked and singled for the 3,088th hit of his career. He’s one hit behind Mariners legend Ichiro for No. 23 on MLB’s all-time list. He’s not scheduled to play the rest of the series unless he comes in as a hitter.

The Tigers got home runs from Victor Reyes and Spencer Torkelson.

Reyes has just three homers throughout the season, but two of them came in October.

Torkelson snapped a 1-for-31 skid with his home run, his seventh of the season in 395 plate appearances.

The score of the box

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The second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader will start about 30 minutes after the first at about 10:10 p.m. EST. Right-handed reliever Will Vest (3-3, 3.90 ERA) will be the Tigers’ opener, with Elvin Rodriguez (0-3, 10.04) expected to get at least a few innings in relief.

Seattle Mariners second baseman Abraham Toro throws to first baseman Ty France for the elimination against Detroit Tigers’ Riley Greene in the fifth inning of game 1 of a baseball doubleheader on Tuesday, Oct. 4 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Caean Couto)PA

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