Left-handers battle as Mariners go for sweep of Tigers

Joey Wentz recorded his first win this season in his last outing.

The Detroit Tigers left-hander will try to make it two straight when he starts against visiting Seattle on Sunday afternoon.

Wentz gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings against Cleveland during his seventh start Monday.

“For personal reasons, to get this win was huge for me,” Wentz said afterward.

“But if you’ve been watching our team recently, a lot of guys are contributing.

We’ve been doing a good job of controlling what we can.

Personally, though, this feels good.”

Wentz (1-3, 6.09 ERA) had given up at least five earned runs in half of his previous starts this season.

He made his major-league debut last May and wound up starting seven games, going 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA.

He’ll be making his first appearance against the Mariners.

Another lefty, Logan Gilbert, will be Wentz’s mound opponent as Seattle goes for a three-game sweep.

Gilbert (1-2, 3.79 ERA) has been sharp in his two May starts but only has a no-decision and loss to show for it.

He gave two runs and three hits while striking out six in six innings against Oakland on May 3.

He limited Texas to the same amount of runs and hits in 6 2/3 innings while notching 10 strikeouts on Monday but the Mariners lost 2-1.

Gilbert was even better than the stat line suggests.

He took a perfect game into the seventh inning.

“With that kind of pitching performance, you certainly expect to win the ballgame,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said.

“You can’t ask