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Toronto at Seattle

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Mariners 3, Blue Jays 0

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SEATTLE -- Gil Meche's confidence is soaring: He firmly believes he has a No. 1 starter's ability.

"I feel like I do," Meche said after combining with four relievers for a six-hit, 3-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night.

"I haven't ever pitched like I've had it on a consistent basis, though. ... I've got to go out and find myself on the mound and have a good game plan," he said.

The Mariners gave Meche (5-3) all the support he needed in the fourth inning when Raul Ibanez got a one-out double off Gustavo Chacin (5-4) and Bret Boone followed with a single up the middle.

Ibanez atoned for hitting into a bases-loaded double play to end a Mariners' threat in the first against Chacin, who gave up a single to Ichiro Suzuki, a double to Randy Winn and a walk to Richie Sexson.

The Mariners added two insurance runs off Chacin in the eighth on RBI singles by Adrian Beltre and Ibanez.

Meche, winning for the third time in four starts, pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and two walks, with one strikeout. He was taken out by manager Mike Hargrove with two outs in the seventh after giving up a single to Alex Rios.

Toronto manager John Gibbons said Meche looked like an ace to him.

"He can dominate you," Gibbons said. "We've seen that in the past. He has such a good arm and a good hard curveball that when he is throwing strikes, he is awful tough."

Working with 42-year-old catcher Pat Borders, Meche helped the Mariners get their second shutout since Borders was acquired from Milwaukee on May 19. Borders, the 1992 World Series MVP for Toronto, was with the Mariners' organization from 2001-04.

"You stay with your strength," Meche said. "Pat pretty much believes my strength is my fastball in and I should work off that. It's kind of a different approach than what I've ever used as far as pitching in that much."

Ron Villone, Jeff Nelson, Matt Thornton and Eddie Guardado finished up for Seattle, with Guardado pitching the ninth for his 15th save 16 opportunities, including 14 in a row. His only blown save this season came on April 9.

The Mariners bounced back after being tagged for a 9-7 loss by the Blue Jays on Tuesday night in a game in which Toronto hit three homers, giving them five for the series. Vernon Wells, who tied his career highs with two homers and five RBI 24 hours earlier, was 0-for-4 for Toronto Wednesday night.

The Mariners are 5-1 since Borders became their regular catcher in place of Miguel Olivo, who was sent to Triple-A Tacoma. Borders also was behind the plate for Seattle's other shutout, a four-hitter by Aaron Sele against the National League West-leading San Diego Padres here May 22.

Manager Mike Hagrove said Borders deserves a major share of the credit for the way the Mariners' pitchers have pitched when he's been behind the plate.

"It's no magic potion or anything like that," Hargrove said. "Pat just understands how to get hitters out. He knows his pitchers and their tendencies and their best pitches and the locations they throw their pitches best to. And he works those things. He's got a plan."

Borders, who also had two hits in his 1,061st major league game, agreed with Hargrove that he didn't have any secret chemistry with Seattle's pitchers.

"I've been here for three or four years so I've caught them a lot in spring training the past couple of years off and on," he said. "I've got to catch every one of them. So it's just coming back here and seeing what they're doing differently and it can't be a whole lot."

The Mariners lost a chance for a run in the seventh when Boone opened with a triple. Jeremy Reed hit into an infield out and Mike Morse flied out to right fielder Rios, who threw out Boone at the plate for a double play.

Chacin, a rookie, lost for the third time in four decisions after going 4-1 in April. In 7 2/3 innings, he gave up three runs on 10 hits and three walks -- one intentional -- with five strikeouts.

The game marked the first start for 23-year-old Morse as the Mariners' shortstop. Morse, called up from Triple-A Tacoma earlier this week, was 0-for-3.

While the Mariners have two shutout wins this season, the Blue Jays have been shut out twice.

Notes

  • Meche is 2-2 lifetime against Toronto.
  • The Mariners beat a left-handed starter for the third straight time after losing eight in a row to a lefty starter. They're 4-10 against left-handed starters this season.
  • The Mariners, who are eight games under .500, are 6-10-2 in series in 2005.
  • The Mariners Scott Spiezio, who has been on the 15-day DL since April 20 with a strained left oblique, will begin a rehabilitation assignment with Tacoma Thursday night at Sacramento.
 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

B. Boone
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Seattle

G. Meche
IP 6.2
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Orlando Hudson, 2B4010012 .258
Frank Catalanotto, LF2010100 .300
   a- Reed Johnson, PH-LF1010000 .311
Aaron Hill, DH4000005 .378
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B3010101 .320
Eric Hinske, 1B4000003 .283
Vernon Wells, CF4000000 .234
Gregg Zaun, C4000010 .268
Alex Rios, RF3020100 .298
Russ Adams, SS3000013 .232
Totals320603314 
a-doubled for Catalanotto in the 8th
Batting
2B - Reed Johnson (9, Nelson), Alex Rios (9, Meche)
SB - Alex Rios (6, 2nd base off Meche/Borders)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Rios 1
DP - Hudson-R. Adams-Hinske, R. Adams-Hudson-Hinske, Rios-Zaun
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin (L,5-4) 7.21033350 3.36
Justin Speier 0.1000000 4.24
IBB - Sexson by Gustavo Chacin
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 116-69, Justin Speier 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 7-7
Batters Faced - Gustavo Chacin 32, Justin Speier 1
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3010012 .321
Randy Winn, LF4020012 .285
Adrian Beltre, 3B4111013 .236
Richie Sexson, 1B2000210 .247
Raul Ibanez, DH4121001 .289
Bret Boone, 2B4021002 .242
Jeremy Reed, CF3000011 .274
Mike Morse, SS3000001 .000
Pat Borders, C2120100 .263
Totals2931033512 
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (15, Chacin), Raul Ibanez (14, Chacin), Pat Borders (1, Chacin)
3B - Bret Boone (2, Chacin)
SH - Ichiro Suzuki (1)
RBI - Adrian Beltre (27), Raul Ibanez (25), Bret Boone (26)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (7), Raul Ibanez (13)
CS - Bret Boone (1, 2nd base by Chacin/Zaun)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Morse-Boone-Sexson
E - Bret Boone (7, Wild throw)
Seattle Mariners
Gil Meche (W,5-3) 6.2500210 4.57
Ron Villone (H,12) 0.2000020 3.57
Jeff Nelson (H,5) 0.1100100 3.24
Matt Thornton (H,3) 0.1000000 5.91
Eddie Guardado (S,15) 1000000 1.71
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 114-70, Ron Villone 12-8, Jeff Nelson 9-5, Matt Thornton 2-1, Eddie Guardado 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 6-12, Eddie Guardado 1-2
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 26, Ron Villone 2, Jeff Nelson 3, Matt Thornton 1, Eddie Guardado 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24815
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Jim Wolf