' moving truck was backed up to the clubhouse door.
The Tigers only wish they could pack some Comerica Park momentum with them.
' two-out, RBI single capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning Thursday and lifted the Tigers to a 7-6 win over the
Detroit rallied from a four-run deficit in the sixth and scored twice more in the final inning, and improving their home record
But at 24-36, the AL Central leaders have the worst road record among major league teams with a winning record.
''It will have to change, or we won't win anything,'' manager Jim Leyland said before the game.
Leyland's mood, though, improved several hours later after the comeback win as the team got ready to travel to Oakland and
''This was a sweet win,'' he said. ''It's going to make that long, long trip all the much easier for us.''
(4-2) earned the win for pitching a scoreless inning, getting
off the hook after a poor performance against his former team.
''I tried to block out that the guy in the box was a friend two weeks ago,'' Washburn said.
(3-5) took the loss after walking pinch-hitter
to begin the ninth, allowing
's barely deep enough sacrifice fly and Thomas' single to right on a full count.
Thomas was engulfed by teammates, including Cabrera, who rounded home plate to spark the party at first base. The celebration
was almost as jubilant as the one Thomas set off with a ninth-inning homer Aug. 3 at home against Baltimore.
''It was just as good,'' Thomas said.
Washburn, meanwhile, has not been as good as he was for the Mariners.
He is 0-1 with a 6.04 ERA in four starts since the Tigers acquired him just before the non-waiver trading deadline, hoping
he would bolster their rotation.
''It hasn't gone the way I wanted so far,'' Washburn said.
each homered against their former teammate, who gave up four homers in a game for the first time in five years.
''Two were wind-blown and would've been outs any other day,'' Washburn said. ''Unfortunately, those still count.''
Detroit overcame Washburn's latest effort with enough offense, padding their lead in the division to 2 1/2 games over the
Chicago White Sox
Seattle starter Ryan Rowland-Smith allowed solo homers to Inge and
in the fourth inning, and gave up five runs over 5 1-3 innings.
entered the game in the sixth with the bases loaded after a 58-minute rain delay and pinch-hitter
hit an RBI groundout and pinch-hitter
had a two-run single to pull the Tigers within a run.
Aardsma was an out away from earning his 29th save in 32 chances.
He blew it, for starters, by walking Guillen to start the ninth.
''The first-batter walk, that's always been my enemy,'' Aardsma said.
Cabrera's second double came with one out, advancing the slow-footed Guillen to third.
was intentionally walked, and Inge hit a fly ball to center fielder
, whose strong throw home was just a shade late as Guillen ran over Johjima for the tying run.
''I thought we battled for three days, and we put ourselves in a position to win all three games in the eighth inning or later,''
said. ''I'm proud of that, but obviously, you have to be able to close those games out.''
Washburn watched the Mariners take a lead in the first in a scenario he saw often in his three-plus seasons with them.
hit a leadoff double, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly.
Lopez's two-run homer in the third and Johjima's solo shot in the fourth put Seattle ahead 4-0.
Sweeney and Branyan hit consecutive home runs in the sixth to give the Mariners a 6-2 lead.
''If you told me we'd hit four homers today and lose, I would have thought you were crazy,'' Wakamatsu said. ''That's a tough
NOTES: Leyland benched CF
on Thursday and planned to keep him out of the lineup for Friday's series opener at Oakland. ... Inge caught two balls in
foul territory on the third base side in almost the same spot, one of which led to a heels-over-head tumble into the front
row. ... The only other time Seattle hit four home runs in a game this season was at Detroit on July 21.