Mariners in rough patch, but bats coming around

Marte having strong series, while Seager has 2 HRs

Mariners in rough patch, but bats coming around

DETROIT -- The Mariners lost Tuesday's game to the Tigers, 4-2, but their bats are heating up, as they had eight hits, three for extra bases. That came on the heels of a seven-run, 19-hit, 12-inning loss Monday.

Shortstop Ketel Marte in particular is off to a hot start in the four-game series at Comerica Park. He went 3-for-4 with a double Tuesday and is 7-for-10 with three extra-base hits in the past two games.

Kyle Seager is 2-for-10 in the series, but both of his hits were homers, including a two-run shot in the sixth inning Tuesday that gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead.

Marte's four-hit day

Seager, who made a diving stop to start a double play in the bottom of the sixth, thought that inning was going to be the spark his team needed.

"We were winning at that point, so we were in it," he said. "That's a really good team over there, with a great lineup, and I thought [starter James] Paxton did a phenomenal job keeping us in it tonight. In the sixth inning, you go through the middle of that order, and with the good hitters they have, you have to just try and make plays behind them."

Seager said he still believes the Mariners are capable of making noise, despite a four-game losing streak and a 6-14 record in June. As the team has hit a rough patch, there is no room to stress out, he said.

Seager's diving stop

"These types of things happen," he said. "We had a much worse stretch to start the year at home. We've been in these games, there's been a lot of battling, and there's been a lot of fight. I think if that fight ever leaves, that's when you get worried."

Manager Scott Servais remains optimistic with the team's hot bats, and hoped Seager's homer would be enough. That blast extended the Mariners' streak to 14 games with a long ball. They have also homered in 25 of their past 27 games.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.