DETROIT — Robinson Cano homered and James Paxton won his sixth consecutive decision to start his career as the surging Mariners beat the Tigers 7-2 Friday night in a matchup of American League playoff contenders.
Paxton pitched six innings, allowing one run and five hits, to help Seattle win its fifth straight and ninth in 11 games. Cano and Logan Morrison each scored twice for the Mariners, who jumped half a game ahead of Detroit in the race for the second AL wild card.
The Tigers fell 11/2 games behind first-place Kansas City in the Central.
Rick Porcello struggled in his first appearance since pitching the final three innings of Detroit's 19-inning loss Sunday in Toronto. After a five-start stretch in which he had a 1.75 ERA, the 25-year-old righty gave up six runs — five earned — and 10 hits in six innings.
Seattle jumped to a three-run lead in the second. Morrison and Endy Chavez each had RBI singles. Chris Taylor bunted for a single, loading the bases with none out, but ex-Tiger Austin Jackson grounded into a double play, helping Porcello to escape only down 3-0.
An inning earlier, Jackson got a long standing ovation when he led off his first game at Comerica Park since the deal that sent him to Seattle and brought ace David Price from the Rays to the Tigers.