Tigers edge Mariners for third straight win

Javier Baez hit a two-run homer and Bryan Garcia, recalled from the minor leagues earlier in the day, put together a quality start as the Detroit Tigers defeated host Seattle 4-3 Monday night, ending the Mariners’ bid to host a wild-card playoff series.Seattle (87-72) fell 3 1/2 games behind Toronto with three games to play in the race for the American League’s top wild-card berth.The Tigers (66-93) won their third in a row and 11th in their past 13 games.Garcia (2-0), a right-hander making just his fourth career start, allowed three runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings, with two walks and six strikeouts. Lefty Andrew Chafin pitched the ninth for his third save.Mariners rookie right-hander George Kirby (8-5) allowed four runs on six hits in four innings, with three walks and five strikeouts.The Tigers scored in the top of the first as Akil Baddoo drew a walk, stole second and came home on Miguel Cabrera’s two-out single to center.The Mariners tied it in the bottom of the inning after Rookie of the Year front-runner Julio Rodriguez, making his return from the 10-day injured list (lower back strain), led off with a single and Ty France was hit by a pitch. Rodriguez took third on Mitch Haniger’s flyout to center and scored on Eugenio Suarez’s sacrifice fly to left.

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