Beckham's slam helps Mariners win big
Seattle took advantage of five runs in the third inning, four by way of a grand slam from left fielder Tim Beckham, to take down the Detroit Tigers 10-2 on Wednesday at T-Mobile Park.
The grand slam was one of three homers, with catcher John Hicks starting things off for the Tigers in the third and third baseman Kyle Seager hitting a first-pitch solo shot in the bottom of the fifth.
Both teams are firmly last in their divisions, with the Mariners (43-63) bringing up the rear of the American League West and the Tigers (30-68) at the bottom of the AL Central.
Wade LeBlanc (6-3, 4.79) earned the win after pitching six innings with two runs given up along with four strikeouts.
Detroit's Drew VerHagen (1-1) was saddled with the loss after four innings and seven runs given up.
After a successful third inning, Seattle kept the momentum going with two runs in the fourth. Shortstop J.P. Crawford hit a triple that brought in second baseman Tim Lopes, who made his major league debut, while catcher Omar Narvaez hit a ground-rule double to bring in Crawford and make the score 7-1 for Seattle.
Lopes, who replaced Dee Gordon after Gordon was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quadricep muscle, had a scary moment that same inning. During his at bat, VerHagen hit the side of Lopes' helmet. Lopes remained in the game until the seventh inning.
Detroit third baseman Jeimer Candelario slightly cut into the lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
Seager quickly made that run moot, however, with his homer in the bottom of the inning. An RBI double from All-Star designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach completed the scoring in that inning and for the game.
Game 2 of the four-game series starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Seattle's Yusei Kikuchi (4-7, 5.37) will start in a battle of left-handers, facing Daniel Norris (2-8, 5.02).
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