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Seattle avoids Tigers sweep

DETROIT (AP) -- Willie Bloomquist hit his first homer in more
than 13 months -- a go-ahead three-run shot in the fifth inning -- to
lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Gil Meche (4-5) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3
innings Sunday, helping Seattle avoid a three-game sweep. He has
won three straight starts after winning just once in his first 12
starts.

J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his third save, retiring
pinch-hitter Ivan Rodriguez on a hard liner to right field with
runners on first and second and two outs.

Brandon Inge reached on Jose Lopez's fielding error at
shortstop, and Rondell White hit a pinch-hit single to put runners
on first and second with two outs. Rodriguez, 4-for-5 with an RBI
on Saturday, lined a pitch at Ichiro Suzuki to end it.

Mike Maroth (10-8) lost for the first time since July 8, a span
of seven starts. He allowed five runs and 10 hits in seven innings
as Detroit's three-game winning streak ended.

With the Mariners trailing 3-1 in the fifth, Miguel Olivo and
Lopez hit consecutive singles off the glove of third baseman Eric
Munson. Bloomquist followed by hitting a pitch from Maroth over the
shortened fence in left for his second homer in 374 career at-bats.

Bloomquist's other homer was a grand slam on July 13, 2003
against Tampa Bay.

Two outs later, Edgar Martinez walked, moved to second on Raul
Ibanez's single and scored on Bucky Jacobsen's single to center to
make it 5-3.

Seattle took a 1-0 lead on Jolbert Cabrera's RBI single in the
second, but the Tigers scored three times in the bottom of the
inning.

Dmitri Young, Carlos Pena and Craig Monroe started the inning
with singles to load the bases, and Munson tied the game with a
groundout to first base. One out later, Meche appeared to be out of
the inning when Inge lifted a shallow pop down the right-field
line, but Suzuki called off second baseman Cabrera and the ball
dropped in front of him for a two-run double.

Detroit had runners at first and third with one out in the
fifth, but Meche picked Nook Logan off first and retired Jason
Smith to end the threat.

The Tigers had another good chance in the seventh, but reliever
George Sherrill came on to retire Carlos Guillen and end the inning
with runners on second and third.

Game notes
A day after going 4-for-7 with two RBI, Suzuki was 1-for-5
-- lowering his American League-leading batting average to .370. ...
Tampa Bay outfielder Randy Winn went 0-for-5 a day after matching a
career high by going 5-for-6. ... The Comerica Park scoreboard
showed a tribute to Martinez when he came up in the first inning of
his final game in Detroit. ... Maroth is 1-3 with an 8.76 ERA in
five career starts against Seattle.