Joe Saunders was much better against Detroit than he was in his previous start.
Then the Tigers finally broke through in the sixth inning - a frustrating finish for the veteran left-hander.
Victor Martinez hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth, and Omar Infante followed with his own RBI single to chase Saunders and help Detroit to a 4-2 victory over Seattle on Monday night. The Mariners have lost seven of eight.
''Everyone hates losing,'' Justin Smoak said. ''We've been in tight ballgames and haven't been able to get the big hit.''
Rick Porcello struck out 10 in six innings for Detroit, which moved a step closer to its third straight AL Central title. 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.
Saunders (11-15) pitched well until the sixth, when he got two outs before a wal...