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Blue Jays snap out of funk by sweeping M's

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Josh Towers and the Toronto Blue Jays rebounded from an awful stretch.

Towers won for just the second time in his last 12 starts, and Shea Hillenbrand hit a three-run homer as the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 6-3 victory Thursday.

The Blue Jays bounced back after being swept in Texas and losing three of four at home to the major league-worst Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

"This is pretty big for me personally, and for us to get a sweep after catching a beat down against Tampa Bay is big," Towers said.

Toronto swept a series for the first time since taking three straight from Boston almost two months ago.

Towers (7-8) allowed three runs and five hits while striking out one and walking none in seven-plus innings, improving to 2-7 in his last 12 starts.

"Honestly, I'm just stoked I was able to contribute," Towers said.

The right-hander allowed 27 hits over his previous three starts, but gave up just one in the first six innings against Seattle.

"He was outstanding," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He gets into his ruts where he struggles with his command and then he gets hit around a little bit, but when he's on, he's on."

Seattle center fielder Jeremy Reed credited Towers for keeping the Mariners off-balance.

"It was nothing overpowering," Reed said. "He just put his pitches where he wanted to. He got us to get ourselves out."

Miguel Batista pitched 1 1/3 innings for his 17th save in 20 chances.

Seattle has lost five of seven to fall to an AL West-worst 41-53.

"It's tough. Hopefully, we can turn this around," Reed said.

Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4, raising his career average against Toronto to .394 (71-for-180), the highest in the majors against Toronto among players with 150 or more plate appearances.

Johnson hit a solo shot off Joel Pineiro (3-6) in the second.

Toronto scored four runs in the third on Russ Adams' RBI single and Hillenbrand's 12th homer.

Pineiro allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings, the second straight start he's allowed five earned runs.

"I made one mistake, really. It was to Hillenbrand," Pineiro said. "I tried to get it up and in and it was just down and in."

Pineiro said he felt as good as he did in 2003, when he went 16-11 with a 3.78 ERA. He went 6-11 with a 4.67 ERA last year.

"This is the best I've felt in a long time. I'm pretty happy about that," Pineiro said.

Suzuki and Randy Winn hit consecutive singles in the sixth before scoring on Raul Ibanez's sacrifice fly and Richie Sexson's RBI single.

Toronto's Frank Catalanotto tripled off Julio Mateo in the seventh and scored when shortstop Mike Morse's relay throw to third sailed into Toronto's dugout.

Winn's run-scoring double play cut Toronto's lead to 6-3 in the eighth.

Notes

  • Toronto 2B Orlando Hudson missed the game with a tight hamstring. Gibbons said he wasn't too concerned.
  • Mariners special consultant and former Blue Jays GM Pat Gillick attended the game.
  • Toronto swept Seattle for the first time since June 6-8, 2004.
 
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Joel Pineiro mulls things over while Shea Hillenbrand rounds the bases after a three-run homer.  (AP)
Joel Pineiro mulls things over while Shea Hillenbrand rounds the bases after a three-run homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

S. Hillenbrand
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4120001 .308
Randy Winn, LF4110000 .269
Raul Ibanez, DH2001100 .295
Richie Sexson, 1B4011011 .267
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000001 .261
Jeremy Reed, CF4020000 .261
Mike Morse, SS4000013 .328
Jose Lopez, 2B4000002 .206
Pat Borders, C3110000 .219
Totals33372128 
Batting
2B - Richie Sexson (20, Towers), Pat Borders (5, Towers)
SF - Raul Ibanez (2)
RBI - Raul Ibanez (52), Richie Sexson (73)
2-OUT RBI - Richie Sexson (34)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (23, 2nd base off Towers/Huckaby), Randy Winn (11, 2nd base off Towers/Huckaby)
CS - Jeremy Reed (5, 2nd base by Towers/Huckaby)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Nelson-Beltre-Morse
E - Mike Morse (9, Wild throw)
Seattle Mariners
Joel Pineiro (L,3-6) 6755242 5.72
Julio Mateo 1211000 2.88
Jeff Nelson 1200000 3.10
HBP - Hillenbrand (by Julio Mateo)
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 112-74, Julio Mateo 25-18, Jeff Nelson 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 11-3, Jeff Nelson 2-1
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 27, Julio Mateo 6, Jeff Nelson 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS5121000 .261
Frank Catalanotto, LF4120001 .309
    Alex Rios, RF1000002 .284
Vernon Wells, CF4120011 .280
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B3123000 .297
Aaron Hill, 3B3000102 .326
Reed Johnson, RF-LF4111014 .268
Eric Hinske, DH4010021 .240
Frank Menechino, 2B3110100 .237
Ken Huckaby, C4000004 .145
Totals3561152415 
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto (15, Pineiro), Eric Hinske (21, Nelson)
3B - Frank Catalanotto (2, Mateo)
HR - Shea Hillenbrand (12, Pineiro), Reed Johnson (7, Pineiro)
RBI - Russ Adams (43), Shea Hillenbrand 3 (51), Reed Johnson (40)
2-OUT RBI - Shea Hillenbrand 3 (19), Reed Johnson (19)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Hill-Menechino-Hillenbrand
E - Russ Adams (17, Misplayed grounder), Aaron Hill (3, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Towers (W,7-8) 7533010 4.79
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2100100 4.68
Miguel Batista (S,17) 1.1100010 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Towers 84-53, Scott Schoeneweis 14-9, Miguel Batista 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Towers 9-12, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Miguel Batista 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Towers 27, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Miguel Batista 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26837
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Doug Eddings