Tuesday, November 29

Detroit Tigers lose 7-6 (10 inn) in Game 1; catcher earns pitching win


SEATTLE — The Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners entered extra innings in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, and the Mariners rolled out a position player — backup catcher Luis Torrens — to pitch the 10th inning.

Torrens, who has two pitching appearances in his career, allowed a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th, but the Mariners’ offense battled back against Tigers left-handed closer Gregory Soto in the bottom of the inning.

The Tigers lost, 7-6.

Two straight singles, from Carlos Santana and Jarred Kelenic, helped snap the Tigers’ three-game winning streak. Santana picked up the game-tying hit, and Abraham Toro delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly. Torrens became the first position player in Mariners history to record a win, and he’s the first non-Shohei Ohtani position player to get a win since Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker in July 2014.

Soto has a 2-10 record this season.

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Tigers second baseman Harold Castro turns a double play over Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger during the sixth inning of the first game of the doubleheader on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, in Seattle.

The Tigers (66-94) took a 5-3 lead in the seventh inning, thanks to a Victor Reyes two-run home run. But in the bottom of the seventh, right-handed reliever Alex Lange squandered the advantage.

Lange gave up a leadoff single to Adam Frazier but bounced back with a pair of outs to regain control of the situation. Ty France ripped a grounder to rookie first baseman Spencer Torkelson. The ball, which made contact with his glove, got past him. Torkelson’s error, though ruled a single by the official scorer, allowed Frazier to score, cutting the Mariners’ deficit to 5-4.

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After a walk, Eugenio Suarez singled to even the score, 5-5.

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