DETROIT – Mike Maroth pitched seven strong innings, Curtis Granderson scored twice and drove in two runs, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1.

Carlos Pena’s two-run homer in the eighth off Jeff Harris was 461 feet, the longest in Comerica Park history. The ball landed on a concourse atop a 10-foot brick wall above the right-field scoreboard.

The previous record was 457 feet by Eric Munson on June 26, 2004, against Arizona. Comerica Park opened in 2000.

The Tigers won their second straight, improving to 6-19 in September, while the Mariners finished 3-8 on their longest road trip of the season.

Maroth (14-13) moved to 2-0 in his last four starts, giving up one run and four hits. Franklyn German and Jason Karnuth each pitched a scoreless inning to finish the five-hitter.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa (1-3) allowed five runs in three innings of relief of Gil Meche, who was removed after two innings. No announcement was made about an injury to Meche, who gave up one run and three hits.

Granderson scored when Chris Shelton hit into a double play in the first, but Seattle tied the game two innings later on an RBI double from Raul Ibanez.

The Tigers then took control with five runs off Hasegawa in the fifth.

Craig Monroe and Marcus Thames started the inning with singles and moved up on Brandon Inge’s sacrifice bunt.

Vance Wilson’s single made it 2-1, and John McDonald followed with an RBI double.

Granderson’s triple scored Wilson and McDonald, giving the Tigers a 5-1 lead, and Placido Polanco added a sacrifice fly.

Notes: The game was briefly delayed after the fifth inning when the umpires asked for first base to be replaced. … Tigers first-base coach Mick Kelleher had a dangerous sixth inning. He had to dive out of the way of Pena’s line drive, then jump over Pena’s hard grounder on the next pitch. … A heavy rain shower fell in the top of the eighth, but the game continued and the rain quickly slowed to a drizzle. … The Mariners finished 29-52 on the road. … Hasegawa entered the game with a 13 1-3 inning scoreless streak.

AP-ES-09-25-05 1529EDT


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