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Young has drives in five for the sixth time

SEATTLE (AP) -- Dmitri Young changed his manager's mind.

Young hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning and
tied his career high with five RBI, leading the Detroit Tigers to
an 8-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

"My biggest concern has been to keep Rondell [White] and Dmitri
in the lineup," Trammell said. "I don't want to go every other
day. With his performance tonight, I've got to rethink some things
and I've got to get him in there. That's the bottom line."

Young's one-out homer greeted reliever Ron Villone, who came on
after Julio Mateo (2-4) hit White with a pitch and gave up a single
to Ivan Rodriguez. Young's 17th homer made it 7-5.

Young had five RBI in a game for the sixth time in his career,
twice this season.

Trammell didn't start Young on Monday night in a 5-3 loss to the
Mariners. He was thinking about not starting Young on Wednesday
night.

"It wasn't like 100 percent, but it is like 100 percent now,"
Trammell said.

Young was Villone's teammate with the Cincinnati Reds in 1999
and 2000.

"Going up against an old teammate like Ron Villone is always a
battle," he said.

After getting dressed, Young put on a pair of sun glasses and
opened a drink before summoning reporters to his locker to talk. He
said he felt good after making a major contribution to a Tigers
team that considers itself an AL wild-card contender.

"Everybody is trying to throw in their two cents to help the
team win," he said. "Today was my day to help."

A switch-hitter, Young hit his third homer of the season
right-handed. Mariners manager Mike Hargrove brought in Villone, a
left-hander, to make Young hit from the right side.

"This is a better ballpark to right field than it is to left
field," Hargrove said. "That is the matchup we wanted."

Villone credited Young for hitting a good pitch.

"It was a little off the plate," he said. "I was trying to
get a groundball. I don't know how in the world he did it, but
Dmitri is that kind of a hitter sometimes. He can hit a great pitch
and put some good wood on it. That's what he did."

The Tigers added a run in the ninth on Magglio Ordonez's
sacrifice fly.

Jason Johnson (7-8), loser of five of his previous six decisions
got the win. Johnson pitched eight innings and allowed five runs --
four earned -- on nine hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.

Kyle Farnsworth pitched the ninth inning for Detroit, for his
sixth save in eight opportunities.

The Mariners took a 5-4 lead in the sixth with three runs.
Consecutive singles by Jeremy Reed, Willie Bloomquist, and Jose
Lopez brought in the first run. Then Ichiro Suzuki tripled in two
runs, his career-high ninth triple of the season.

The Tigers went ahead 3-2 on Young's two-run double off Mariners
starter Joel Pineiro.

They added a run in the fifth on Chris Shelton's RBI single to
go ahead 4-2.

In the third, Carlos Guillen had an RBI single to give Detroit a
1-0 lead. But the Mariners scored twice in the bottom half; one run
was unearned because shortstop Guillen dropped a throw from first
baseman Shelton. Adrian Beltre had an RBI single and Reed added a
sacrifice fly for Seattle.

Ordonez extended his hitting streak to a career-high 19 games
with a single in the fifth.

Game notes
Suzuki tied Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford for the AL lead in
triples at nine. Suzuki had eight triples three times previously in
his career. ... Young went 3-for-4. In his last 13 games, he is
16-for-47, with four homers and 12 RBI. His other five RBI this
season came April 4 against Kansas City. ... Guillen had his ninth
three-hit game of the season. ... Villone allowed a run for the
first time in 17 games. The last time he allowed a run was June 20.