DETROIT(AP) Tigers manager Jim Leyland talked Tuesday afternoon about the challenges of managing a high-scoring game, rehashing
Oakland's thrilling 14-13 win over Minnesota on Monday night.
Several hours later, Leyland was in the middle of his own crazy game.
hit a grand slam to help Detroit build a seven-run lead after two innings, then they nearly gave it all back before holding
on for a 9-7 win over the
''That might have been the hardest game I've had to manage all year,'' Leyland said. ''We talked about it in the pregame press
conference, and then it happens to us. That game had disaster written all over it - I could just feel it.''
Leyland's fears were almost realized as the Mariners put their first two batters on in the ninth inning, but Tigers closer
retired the next three hitters for his 20th save in 20 tries.
''I wasn't feeling too good when they got those two on,'' Leyland said. ''But we came out of it with a win, so it turned out
Detroit scored just five runs while being swept in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium last weekend, but Ordonez's first-inning
slam helped them match that total before making their first out against Seattle.
''We had a tough trip to New York, but we got things going tonight,'' said
, who had three hits including a homer. ''All we can do in games like that is keep trying to score runs.''
(9-6) got the win despite allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk in five innings. Porcello hadn't started in 16 days after
being skipped in his last start before the All-Star break.
''There were times where he looked like he was right on schedule, and there were times that he looked rusty,'' Leyland said.
hit two of the seven home runs in the game.
homered for Detroit, while
connected for Seattle.
(3-4) allowed seven runs in 1 1-3 innings.
''When you make bad pitches like I did tonight, you are going to pay big time,'' he said. ''My fastball was up, so I couldn't
get ahead of hitters, and I didn't make pitches.''
The Mariners went up 1-0 in the first on
's RBI single, but the Tigers quickly took command with five in the bottom half and three in the second.
led off with a single and scored on Polanco's double. Olson walked Cabrera and
to load the bases, and Ordonez gave the Tigers a 5-1 lead with his first grand slam in seven years.
Polanco homered in he second and
added a two-run triple later in the inning when Seattle center fielder
injured his left elbow and knee while crashing into the right-center scoreboard. X-rays on his elbow were negative.
''We're happy that it is just bruises - it looked a lot worse,'' Seattle manager
said. ''He should be able to play in the next couple of days depending on how sore he is.''
The Mariners, though, outscored Detroit 6-1 over the next five innings to make the finish too interesting for Leyland's tastes.
''When you're down that many runs early, it isn't easy to come back,'' Wakamatsu said. ''The bullpen did a tremendous job
against a big-hitting team and kept us in the game.''
Seattle got a run in the third on Balentien's RBI single and another on Hannahan's solo homer in the fourth.
The Mariners pulled to 8-5 on Langerhans' two-run homer in the fifth and made it a one-run game on Hannahan's second of the
game in the sixth. Cabrera, though, restored Detroit's three-run lead with a homer in the bottom of the sixth.
Balentien's homer mad it 9-7 in the seventh, but Detroit's bullpen was able to hold Seattle scoreless in the final two innings
to clinch the win.
is scheduled to move from Single-A Lakeland to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday as he continues his rehab from a shoulder injury.
Leyland said that he will be evaluated after two or three games with the Mud Hens. ... Ordonez's last grand slam had been
against the Tigers on July 2, 2002, in Chicago.