Great birthday: Miguel Cabrera played a key role in Detroit's 8-3 win over the Mariners on Monday at Safeco Field.

The Tigers used another big inning, which was aided by Seattle fielding errors, to open their three-game set with the Mariners with a win. Max Scherzer turned in another quality start for the Tigers and upped his pitching record to 3-0.

Hero: Miguel Cabrera / Brennan Boesch

Cabrera, who was celebrating his 28th birthday, had a key RBI hit on a 3-0 pitch that helped key Detroit’s big inning.

Boesch was also a key component for the Tigers

Key sequence: With the bases loaded, Jhonny Peralta broke the game open with his bases clearing triple

Up next: At Seattle, 10 p.m. Tuesday