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Mariners want Moore of rookie's stellar debut

Right-hander logs 7 strong frames in win against Tigers
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SEATTLE -- Rookie right-hander Andrew Moore said it felt like his Major League debut went by in the blink of an eye, but for the Mariners, it lasted plenty.

Moore, ranked as the club's No. 4 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, allowed three runs and six hits in seven strong innings to earn the win as the Mariners swept the Tigers with a 9-6 victory on Thursday night at Safeco Field.

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SEATTLE -- Rookie right-hander Andrew Moore said it felt like his Major League debut went by in the blink of an eye, but for the Mariners, it lasted plenty.

Moore, ranked as the club's No. 4 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, allowed three runs and six hits in seven strong innings to earn the win as the Mariners swept the Tigers with a 9-6 victory on Thursday night at Safeco Field.

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"That was a heck of a debut," manager Scott Servais said. "You can't really say much more. What an effort."

"That was pretty special," Moore said. "It still kind of feels surreal."

Video: DET@SEA: Moore breaks down his Major League debut

Moore wasn't a prisoner of the moment, recording four 1-2-3 innings. With Moore's calm and collected demeanor, Servais expected a measured performance.

"I think of all the young players I've seen come to the big leagues, I was probably as confident of what [Moore] would give us," Servais said. "I didn't know he'd go seven, but I knew he'd be very competitive and get us through five, and wouldn't be in awe of the moment."

Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, who homered twice, including a grand slam, even took notice.

Video: DET@SEA: Cano launches a grand slam to right-center

"I love the way he got on the mound and put the ball wherever he wants," Cano said. "He's not trying to overdo too much or anything like that. He just pitches his game and that's what you want. You don't need to throw 97-98 [mph] to be good. He was putting the ball where he wants."

Control and command contribute to Moore's polish, and he flashed that against the Tigers. He didn't allow a walk and recorded strikes in 69 of his 100 pitches.

Moore got ahead early in the counts, especially early on as he started the game with first-pitch strikes on 10 of his first 12 batters, while 18 of his 26 first at-bats started with 0-1 counts.

"That's the key," Servais said. "He even said it last night, 'you got to get ahead,' and I said, 'Yeah, in this league, you do.' Once you get in those 3-1, 3-0 counts, they aren't going to miss the heater."

There were some hiccups, as you might expect from a pitcher making his MLB debut.

Moore left a fastball in the middle of the plate on a 3-1 count, which Ian Kinsler clobbered off the hand-operated scoreboard in left field. A leadoff single followed by a double from John Hicks resulted in a two-run fifth after Kinsler picked up another RBI on the single.

But all told, not bad a performance, and something Servais hinted Mariners fans could see plenty of down the road.

"That's kind of what we've seen out of Andrew Moore since the day he put a Mariners jersey on," Servais said.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle.

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