DETROIT -- The Mariners scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back, rolling to an 8-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday at a sold-out Comerica Park.
Seattle took two out of three in the series to improve to 67-56 on the season, while taking a half-game lead over Detroit in the race for the second wild-card spot.
A day after being shut down by lefty David Price, the Mariners had their way with rookie left-hander Robbie Ray, scoring four runs in the first five innings and tacking on more runs thanks to shoddy Detroit defense and a weak bullpen.
The run support was more than enough for Seattle starter Chris Young, who improved to 12-6 on the season, tossing six scoreless innings and allowing just four hits, while striking out four and walking one.
He's now 6-2 in 12 starts following Mariners' losses.
Young worked out of potential danger in the second, third and fifth innings, stranding runners in scoring position in each of the frames.
Seattle jumped on Ray in the first inning. Following a one-out walk from Dustin Ackley and a single for Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales delivered a run-scoring single. Kyle Seager followed with a sac fly to score Cano.
The Mariners added a run in the third when Cano scored from third on a wild pitch. They got another one in the fifth on Chris Denorfia's RBI triple to deep left-center.
Seattle turned the game into a rout against struggling reliever Jim Johnson, while getting some help from the Tigers' defense.
Johnson, who has been released by the A's and Orioles this season, lasted just a third of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits. Only one of the runs were earned because Rajai Davis dropped a fly ball from Morales with two outs, allowing a run to score. Seager followed with an RBI single to push the lead to 7-0.
Seattle made it 8-0 in the eighth on another RBI single from Seager.
The Tigers picked up a run in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI double from Victor Martinez off Danny Farquhar.
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