Tigers 2, Mariners 0

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SEATTLE (AP) – Nate Robertson and two relievers combined on a two-hitter, Craig Monroe homered and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 Saturday night.

Robertson (2-2) allowed two hits and two walks and also hit a batter in seven innings. Jamie Walker and Fernando Rodney combined to retire the last six hitters, with Rodney getting his fourth save in four opportunities.

Magglio Ordonez also had two doubles and an RBI for the Tigers, who won their fourth straight game.

Robertson lasted just 2 1-3 innings Monday against Cleveland, giving up eight hits and six earned runs in a 10-2 loss. He threw 49 pitches against the Indians but didn’t reach that total until the fifth inning Saturday night. The Mariners dropped to 0-6 against left-handed starters.

Robertson retired the first nine batters of the game. Ichiro Suzuki opened the fourth with a dribbler up the first-base line. Chris Shelton covered the ball, flipped to Robertson but Suzuki beat him to the base by a half step. Jose Lopez then lined to Shelton, who stepped on first base to complete the double play. The only other hit was an infield single by Lopez in the seventh.

Mariners starter Gil Meche (1-1) gave up one run and six hits in six innings and allowed at least one baserunner in five innings. The Tigers scored in the first on Ordonez’s RBI double.

Placido Polanco and Brandon Inge were both thrown out at home plate trying to score for the Tigers.

Notes: It appeared to be a missed hit-and-run sign by Kenji Johjima that caused Richie Sexson to be thrown out at second trying to steal. It was unlikely that Sexson was attempting to steal on his own. Sexson has had only two attempts since 2003 and 11 in his career. Also, Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, with one of the strongest arms in the game, has not allowed a steal this season.

AP-ES-04-22-06 2351EDT

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