Seattle at Toronto

W: J. Speier (3-2) L: J. Pineiro (7-10)
S: M. Batista (29)
HR: SEA - None   TOR - A. Rios (10)

Blue Jays' Rios breaks out of slump, homers to beat Mariners

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- Alex Rios is coming around just in time for the Blue Jays to play spoiler in two cities.

Rios broke a tie with a two-run homer in the eighth inning to help the Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 7-5 on Thursday night.

Rios went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs for Toronto, which will play a big part in the playoff picture with an upcoming road trip that includes series against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

"We're one of the most important teams in baseball right now. In these next seven days we have a big say," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Rios thinks his team is up for the challenge.

"I think we are going to do good. We are not a team that quits," Rios said.

Rios entered the game in a 9-for-64 slump, and was benched last Friday for not running out a routine fly out. He tripled and homered in Monday's loss to Seattle, his first game back from the benching.

On Thursday, Rios hit his 10th homer off Joel Pineiro (7-10).

The 24-year-old right fielder hit one homer in his rookie season. He's happy with his progress.

"I don't care if I had an all right season, I'm pretty happy with everything I did," said Rios, who is hitting .261 with 59 RBI.

Justin Speier (3-2) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory. Miguel Batista got the last two outs of the ninth for his 29th save.

Pineiro allowed five runs in the first. Russ Adams and Frank Catalanotto hit consecutive singles before Vernon Wells hit an RBI single and Corey Koskie hit a run-scoring double. Rios and Gabe Gross hit RBI singles and Aaron Hill added a sacrifice fly.

"Maybe I should come out of the pen in my next game after that first inning," Pineiro joked.

Jeremy Reed's ground-rule double and Jose Lopez's two-run double cut it to 5-2 in the fourth.

Adrian Beltre's two-run double in the fifth tied it at 5 and chased Toronto starter Gustavo Chacin, who allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Pineiro gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings. He retired 17 of 18 batters after the first inning.

"I was able to settle down," he said.

Seattle manager Mike Hargrove appreciated the effort.

"He saved us from having to burn our bullpen. We would have been in trouble the next four days," Hargrove said.


  • 2B Orlando Hudson missed his 13 straight game because of sprained left ankle. Gibbons didn't know when he would play again although Hudson has been taking batting practice lately.
  • Ichiro Suzuki hit into a double play in the sixth, just the fifth time he's done that this season.
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Vernon Wells' single in the first inning brings home two runs for Toronto.  (AP)
Vernon Wells' single in the first inning brings home two runs for Toronto. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Rios
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5000003 .299
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS2010200 .260
   a- Dave Hansen, PH1000001 .188
Raul Ibanez, LF4100113 .288
Richie Sexson, 1B3220100 .263
Adrian Beltre, 3B4022013 .257
Mike Morse, DH3110011 .286
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH-DH1000001 .261
Jeremy Reed, CF4121011 .256
Jose Lopez, 2B4012021 .242
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010001 .247
   c- Ramon Santiago, PH0000000 .125
a-flied out for Betancourt in the 9th
b-grounded into a double play for Morse in the 8th
c-hit by pitch for Torrealba in the 9th
2B - Richie Sexson (34, Chacin), Adrian Beltre (34, Chacin), Jeremy Reed (32, Chacin), Jose Lopez (15, Chacin)
RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (84), Jeremy Reed (44), Jose Lopez 2 (23)
SB - Jeremy Reed (12, 2nd base off Speier/Quiroz)
CS - Yuniesky Betancourt (3, 2nd base by Chacin/Quiroz)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Betancourt-J. Lopez-Sexson
E - Jose Lopez (6, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Joel Pineiro (L,7-10) 7.21077181 5.42
Rafael Soriano 0.1000000 4.91
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 118-79, Rafael Soriano 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 6-9
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 34, Rafael Soriano 1
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS4110012 .252
Frank Catalanotto, DH4120001 .287
Vernon Wells, CF4011011 .275
Corey Koskie, 3B3211110 .246
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B4100003 .296
Alex Rios, RF4223010 .261
Gabe Gross, LF4021010 .268
Aaron Hill, 2B3001011 .267
Guillermo Quiroz, C3010020 .125
2B - Corey Koskie (18, Pineiro), Gabe Gross (3, Pineiro), Guillermo Quiroz (2, Pineiro)
HR - Alex Rios (10, Pineiro)
SF - Aaron Hill (3)
RBI - Vernon Wells (92), Corey Koskie (36), Alex Rios 3 (59), Gabe Gross (6), Aaron Hill (37)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios 2 (19)
Team LOB - 4
DP - R. Adams-Hill-Hillenbrand, Hill-Hillenbrand-R. Adams
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin 4.1755430 3.66
Dustin McGowan 2.2100030 6.86
Justin Speier (W,3-2) 1200000 2.63
Scott Schoeneweis (H,19) 0.1000000 3.50
Miguel Batista (S,29) 0.2000000 4.11
HBP - Santiago (by Scott Schoeneweis)
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 92-59, Dustin McGowan 31-19, Justin Speier 17-12, Scott Schoeneweis 10-5, Miguel Batista 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 5-4, Dustin McGowan 3-1, Justin Speier 1-1, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0
Batters Faced - Gustavo Chacin 23, Dustin McGowan 8, Justin Speier 4, Scott Schoeneweis 2, Miguel Batista 2
Game Information
Attendance - 23118
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - James Hoye