Smoak on fire since rejoining team

Big Justin Smoak continued putting on a show since his return from the bereavement list on Wednesday, racking up a career-high five RBIs in the Mariners’ 10-1 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park.

You can’t help but feel good for the youngster, who just buried his father Saturday in Goose Creek, S.C.

His first-inning home run to left-center field off right-hander Justin Verlander was a big-time blow, a 405-foot shot off the Tigers ace to give Seattle a quick 3-0 lead.

Did he think it was gone?

“No. this is a huge park,” Smoak said. “I knew I hit it well and thought it was in the gap. It just happened to go over.”

Understated was the word in the Mariners clubhouse tonight. Erik Bedard downplayed any sort of storyline about his first win in nearly two years, saying he was just trying to throw strikes and help his team win.

But Bedard’s effort was huge for the Mariners, who have quietly won six of their last 10 now. We’ll see if they can keep it rolling with rookie Michael Pineda pitching Thursday in the 10:05 a.m. PT series finale.

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