DETROIT — Ichiro Suzuki homered to back Ian Snell's best start with Seattle in the Mariners' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
Snell (1-1) held Detroit to just one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. He entered the game with an 8.48 ERA in three starts since being acquired from Pittsburgh on July 29.
Three Mariners relievers finished, with David Aardsma pitching the ninth for his 28th save in 31 tries.
Justin Verlander (13-7) took the loss, allowing three runs and six hits. He struck out 10 — his sixth double-digit game of the season.
The Mariners broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the fifth. With two out, Michael Saunders singled, stole second and scored on Josh Wilson's single. Suzuki hit Verlander's next pitch for his eighth homer.
Detroit got a run back on Carlos Guillen's homer in the sixth, but left two runners on in the inning, and never threatened again.
NOTES: The Mariners acquired 3B Bill Hall from Milwaukee for minor-league pitcher Ruben Flores. Hall, who had been designated for assignment by the Brewers last week after hitting .201 in 76 games, is expected to join the Mariners Thursday in Detroit. ... Tigers SP Dontrelle Willis (anxiety disorder) left Wednesday's rehab start for Triple-A Toledo in the second inning with what was announced as a leg injury. ... Verlander now has 204 strikeouts, making him the first Tigers pitcher to reach 200 since Jeremy Bonderman in 2006.