Late Mariners two-out homer edges Tigers

BY foxsports • July 23, 2009

Russell Branyan and the Seattle Mariners made their few hits payoff.

Branyan hit a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning to give Felix Hernandez and the Mariners a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Branyan drove a 1-0 pitch from Bobby Seay (1-2) into the stands in right-center for his 24th homer - the last of Seattle's two hits in the game.

"Slider, caught the middle. That's about it," said Branyan, who matched his career high in home runs.

Hernandez (11-3) struck out eight in seven innings, allowing one run and six hits. He overcame a slow start and twisting his ankle in the third.

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