DETROIT -- The Tigers teed off for four home runs and 24 hits Tuesday in a 19-9 runaway over the Mariners, knocking Felix Hernandez out with a tight right shoulder after just two innings in the process as they rolled to their third consecutive win.
Ian Kinsler led the onslaught with four hits, four runs and two RBIs as the Tigers racked up season highs in hits and runs for the second consecutive game, having topped the Twins 13-4 with 13 hits on Sunday.
Kinsler entered Tuesday's game in a bit of a funk, and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was glad to see his leadoff man deliver in a big way.
"I'm not worried about Ian Kinsler, trust me," Ausmus said. "His average is a little down, but he's actually getting on base quite a bit. He's got a lot of walks. Today, he got some hits."
The Mariners had 16 hits of their own and the 40 combined hits broke the Comerica Park record for a nine-inning game set on April 13, 2006, against the White Sox. Detroit was two runs shy of its franchise record for runs in a game, and four shy of its most hits.
Hernandez (2-2, 4.73 ERA) gave up four runs on six hits -- including a two-run homer by James McCann -- in the third-shortest start of his 13-year Major League career as he was lifted after 48 pitches. Manager Scott Servais said Hernandez will fly back to Seattle to have his shoulder examined by the team doctor, and the club also lost hot-hitting rookie Mitch Haniger to a strained oblique in the third.
"As a player, the end doesn't really matter when you've got two guys out of the game," said Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano. "Haniger has been our best hitter all year, and then our No. 1 starter, those are the guys you don't want to lose. A lot of the time, you lose a game or they beat you, but when you lose two guys, that makes it even harder."
Justin Upton and Alex Avila added back-to-back blasts off reliever Chris Heston in the fourth inning. The Tigers tallied nine runs in the fifth, and Michael Mahtook added a two-run homer in the eighth as they improved to 11-8 on the season.
Seattle got its own back-to-back homers from Jean Segura and Danny Valencia in the fifth off starter Jordan Zimmermann, who gave up 11 hits and five runs in six innings, yet still improved to 2-1 with a 6.35 ERA. Nelson Cruz also homered for the second consecutive game and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Mariners, who have lost 10 of 12 on the road and are 8-13 overall.
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Jumping on the King: Hernandez has handled the Tigers in the past (9-3, 2.48 ERA in 15 starts), but Detroit scored a run in the first on doubles by Kinsler and Upton, then ended his night with a three-run second highlighted by McCann's two-run homer to right for his fifth long ball of the year. The Tigers added a walk, two infield singles and a base hit by Tyler Collins that scooted under the glove of first baseman Daniel Vogelbach to chip away at Hernandez, who has allowed 39 hits in 26 2/3 innings in five starts this season.
Throwing up a nine spot: Detroit broke things wide open with nine runs on eight hits and two walks in the fifth off Heston and Evan Marshall as 13 batters came to the plate. It was the Tigers' biggest inning since they scored nine at Texas on Sept. 17, 2008. Collins had a double and a two-run single, Andrew Romine had two singles and an RBI and Kinsler had two singles, including a shot to center that scored two when McCann beat a throw from Jarrod Dyson by sliding around the tag of catcher Mike Zunino.
"It can't happen. You can give up runs, but you can't walk guys, can't get behind hitters and we walked way too many. Whatever it was, there's no excuse for it. It doesn't matter what it was. The truth is, we've got to throw strikes. I don't care if it's a one-run game, or a 15-run game."
-- Ausmus, on why the bullpen continued to struggle, even with a big lead
"If it continues at this pace, they'll break the record for a catcher duo for home runs, so I'd imagine it's probably going to slow down a little bit."
-- Ausmus, on catchers McCann and Avila, who have combined for nine home runs this season
"Jean swung the bat well, but it wasn't a good night to pitch, obviously. We struggled. We had some good at-bats, but disappointing game. Bad game."
-- Servais, after Segura went 3-for-6 with a home run in his first game back from the DL
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In addition to breaking the Comerica Park record for most combined hits, the Tigers' 19 runs tied the club record for their most runs scored in a game at the ballpark.
Mariners right fielder Haniger left the game in the third inning after straining an oblique muscle in his side on a base hit to center. The 26-year-old went 2-for-2 before his departure to raise his average to .338, and scored his American League-leading 20th run in the first before being replaced by Valencia.
Mariners:James Paxton looks to get back on track in Wednesday's 4:10 p.m. PT game at Comerica Park after having his streak of 21 scoreless innings snapped when he gave up nine hits and five runs in 4 1/3 innings at Oakland on Thursday. The lefty is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts against Detroit, all at Comerica Park.
Tigers:Daniel Norris will try to bounce back Wednesday against the Mariners in the 7:10 p.m. ET contest. He suffered his first loss of the season Thursday at Tampa Bay, allowing four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
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