American League Game Summary - Toronto at Seattle|
(Wednesday, August 1st)
Final Score: Seattle 5, Toronto 3
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Eric Thames hit a game-tying two-run home run
in the fifth inning and John Jaso had the deciding RBI single in the sixth to
lift the Seattle Mariners over the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3, and complete the
sweep of a three-game set at Safeco Field.
Dustin Ackley also knocked in a run for Seattle, which stretched its season-
high win streak up to seven games.
It is the Mariners' longest win streak since an eight-game run from June 23-
July 1, 2007.
Blake Beavan (7-6) allowed three runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings to earn
the win. Tom Wilhelmsen worked a perfect ninth to record his 15th save of the
Carlos Villanueva (6-1) surrendered four runs on seven hits through six full
frames for the Blue Jays, who have dropped four straight.
Colby Rasmus and Kelly Johnson each hit a solo home run in defeat.
Toronto jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning on Rasmus'
one-out shot over the right-center field wall.
Neither team recorded a hit from there until Rasmus led off the fourth
inning with a base hit to right field. He would quickly be erased on the next
batter, though, when Edwin Encarnacion grounded into a double play.
Johnson followed with a blast into the seats in center field to give the Blue
Jays a 2-0 advantage.
Seattle answered with a run in the home fourth when Ackley hit a leadoff
single, advanced to third on a Michael Saunders base hit and crossed the plate
on Jesus Montero's double-play grounder to second.
But Toronto got that run back in the fifth inning as David Cooper opened the
frame with a double and later scored on a Jeff Mathis sacrifice fly to center
Thames, whom the Mariners acquired from the Blue Jays on Monday, tied the game
at 3-3 with a two-run homer to center field in the bottom of the fifth.
"One thing I love about this team is that everybody's young and everything
matters. If a guy makes a double-play pitch or a good catch, everybody's all
in the dugout giving high fives. It's great to be a part of," said Thames.
Mike Carp hit a two-out single prior to Thames' fourth home run of the year.
Seattle then went on top in the sixth as Saunders hit a one-out double and
scored two batters later on Jaso's base hit up the middle.
After Toronto failed to capitalize on Rajai Davis' two-out double in the
seventh, the Mariners added an insurance run in the bottom of the frame when
Ackley followed Brendan Ryan's two-out ground-rule double with an RBI single
"They bunched some hits together to manufacture runs. They are playing with a
lot of confidence," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said about the Mariners.
Beavan and Lucas Luetge combined to toss a 1-2-3 eighth before Wilhelmsen shut
the door in the ninth to preserve the win.
It was the Mariners' first series sweep of three games or more over Toronto
since June 29-July 1, 2007...Beavan improved to 1-1 in three career starts
against Toronto...Villanueva fell to 0-1 in five career appearances (one
start) against Seattle...Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar went 0-for-4 to
snap his season-high nine-game hit streak...The Mariners ended a 10-game
homestand with an 8-2 record and are 14-6 since the All-Star break.
08/02 01:41:52 ET