- Associated Press - Sunday, August 17, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Lloyd McClendon was upset after he was thrown out by umpire Tony Randazzo for the second straight game. At least this time it came in a victory for his Seattle Mariners.

Chris Young pitched six shutout innings and Seattle beat Detroit 8-1 Sunday, winning the weekend series and moving back ahead of the Tigers in the race for the second AL wild-card spot.

McClendon was ejected in the seventh inning of the series finale when Randazzo said the manager made a hand gesture after the third base umpire turned down a check-swing appeal on a 3-2 pitch to Alex Avila.

“They said I raised my hand,” McClendon said. “That’s a new one for me.”

Randazzo said McClendon “took his hand and shooed away my call.”

McClendon also was ejected by Randazzo during Detroit’s 4-2 win on Saturday night for arguing balls and strikes, even though McClendon said it wasn’t him complaining.

“I’ve never had a problem with him before this weekend, so I don’t understand this,” McClendon said. “If there’s a history between us, I’m certainly not aware of it.”

Young (12-6) allowed four hits and walked one while improving to 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four career starts against Detroit. The 6-foot-10 right-hander has won each of his last three starts this season and is 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his last five games overall.

“With that lineup, you know you are going to get into trouble,” he said. “The key is getting out of it, and I was able to miss bats when I needed to today.”

Tigers rookie Robbie Ray (1-3) struggled while replacing injured right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Ray allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in five innings.

“We’re asking Robbie to compete in a pennant race,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. “That’s a tall order. It’s not always going to come up roses for a young pitcher in that situation.”

Ray got into trouble in the first inning, when he hurt himself by a balk when he lost focus in mid-delivery and stumbled off the mound without throwing a pitch. He also threw a wild pitch in the third that allowed a run to score, giving Seattle a 3-0 lead.

Rajai Davis created a threat for Detroit with one out in the bottom half, walking and stealing second and third, but Young got out of the jam.

Chris Denorfia’s two-out RBI triple made it 4-0 in the fifth, and the Mariners added three more in the sixth in Jim Johnson’s first appearance with Detroit.

Victor Martinez drove in Detroit’s only run with an eighth-inning double.

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