Rick Porcello struck out 10 in six impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Monday night to move a step closer to their third straight AL Central title. Victor Martinez broke a 1-all tie in the sixth with a run-scoring single, and Omar Infante followed with his own RBI single. Porcello (13-8) allowed a run and five hits with two walks, falling one strikeout short of his career high.
Drew Smyly got five outs in relief and Jose Veras finished the eighth. Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 21st save in 21 chances. Hernandez not returning to Mariners rotation yet
Felix Hernandez Is Not Ready To Return To Seattle's Starting Rotation.
Hernandez, who has been bothered by an oblique strain, threw a bullpen session Monday in Detroit, but the Mariners say Hisashi Iwakuma will start against the Tigers on Wednesday night, followed by James Paxton on Thursday. Erasmo Ramirez is slated to start against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. Hernandez is expected to throw another bullpen session Thursday. Pitching coach Carl Willis says Hernandez felt fine physically Monday but is a little erratic. He has not pitched since Sept. 2.