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Rookie catcher Eric Haase continues power surge to lead Detroit Tigers to 5-3 win over Seattle on Tuesday

Seattle Mariners third baseman Jack Mayfield, left, tags out the Tigers’ Derek Hill on a steal attempt in the second inning Tuesday in Detroit. (AP photo)

By LARRY LAGE

AP Sports Writer

DETROIT — Detroit Tigers rookie catcher Eric Haase has seemingly come out of nowhere, hitting six home runs already this month.

Matthew Boyd, though, insisted he saw it coming after pitching to Haase during the offseason.

Haase extended his power surge by hitting a hit a two-run homer in the first inning to help Detroit beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 Tuesday night.

“I think everyone around our team knew what Eric could do,” Boyd said. “Once he got the opportunity, he made the most of it. He’s a great catcher and he can really hit the ball.”

Boyd (3-6) allowed an unearned run, six hits and a walk over six innings. Daniel Norris inherited the bases loaded with no outs in the eighth and limited Seattle to two runs. Jose Cisnero pitched the ninth, striking out two and walking one for his second save in three chances.

Marco Gonzales (1-4) gave up four runs and five hits over four innings.

Robbie Grossman led off the game with a double and scored on Miguel Cabrera’s single.

Derek Hill’s single — his first career RBI — gave Detroit a three-run lead in the second.

The Tigers made some sound plays defensively, including turning three double plays, to keep their lead.

Detroit is 4-0 against the Mariners and 20-35 against other teams this season.