“He goes up there in an aggressive mode,” Servais said. “He’s gotten a lot of big hits. People look at his batting average and inconsistencies but the home runs he’s hit late in games and the big hits he’s had late in games have won us quite a few games.”
Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (10-12) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. Paul Sewald worked around two walks in the ninth to get his 17th save.
Gonzales didn’t give up a run in his last four innings after making a uniform change.
“I came in and changed my jersey,” he said. “I just needed to change it up. I didn’t feel like myself. I felt kind of shaky, a little off. I came in and changed my jersey and we rolled from there.”
Jeimer Candelario drove in two runs for Detroit. Starting pitcher Tyler Alexander allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings, while Alex Lange (4-4) took the loss.
Suarez’s 25th homer of the season came on a 3-0 pitch from Alexander in the first inning.
Detroit evened the score with two second-inning runs on Candelario’s RBI single and Willi Castro’s fielder’s choice grounder. Candelario’s second run-scoring single of the game gave Detroit a 3-2 edge in the sixth.
The Tigers had some bad luck, as three innings ended with line drives with runners on base.
“A foot either way and you’re talking about breaking the game open,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “In a close game, it feels like you have to be perfect. They’ve been very good in close games and I think we saw why tonight.”
Seattle regained the advantage when Toro followed Adam Frazier’s triple with a one-out blast off Lange in the seventh. Ty France drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to give the Mariners a two-run lead.
Scott Servais managed his 1,000th game for the Mariners on Wednesday. Servais has managed the second-most games in Mariners history, trailing only Lou Piniella (1,551 games).
Mariners: LHP Matthew Boyd and OF Taylor Trammell will be activated when the rosters expand to 28 players on Thursday. Boyd made 143 starts for Detroit from 2015-21 and signed with San Francisco as a free agent during the offseason while recovering from left flexor tendon surgery. Boyd, who was traded to Seattle in early August but has yet to make his season debut, will be used out of the bullpen. Trammell has appeared in 32 games with the Mariners this season, batting .235 with three homers.
Tigers: 1B Spencer Torkelson and INF Ryan Kreidler will be activated when rosters expand on Thursday. Torkelson batted just .197 in 83 games with Detroit before getting demoted to Triple-A Toledo, where he hit .228 with five homers in 34 games. Kreidler batted .213 with eight homers in 56 games with the Mud Hens. … RHP Michael Pineda (right tricep tightness) will also be activated from the 15-day injured list. Pineda’s last major-league appearance was July 23.