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Meche strikes out five in six innings as Mariners beat Jays

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- Gil Meche started and won Seattle's last two games.

Meche won his fifth straight decision and Adrian Beltre drove in two runs to lead the Mariners to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

Meche (9-4) beat the Detroit Tigers on Sunday -- the last game before the All-Star break -- and Toronto on Friday night -- the first game after it.

"I don't know if I could pitch tomorrow," Meche joked. "I kind of hit a wall today. I got a little tired. I think everybody noticed it. It was one of the days I didn't mind coming out after six."

The only other Mariner to ever make consecutive starts was Freddy Garcia, who started on Sept. 10, 2001, and then on Sept 18, after baseball's break because of the 9/11 attacks.

Meche allowed three runs and six hits, while striking out five and walking one in six innings. Greg Zaun and Vernon Wells hit consecutive homers off him in the sixth.

"The All-Star break came at a good time. We were able to shuffle our rotation and go with the hot hand," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "Last outing we let him go 120 pitches. That outing definitely affected this one. When he hit a wall it was sudden."

J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his for his 17th save in 19 chances.

Adam Jones went 0-for-3 with a walk in his major league debut. The 20-year-old outfielder was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before the game. He was the Mariners' minor league player of the year in 2005.

Wells hit his 22nd homer for the Blue Jays, who have lost six of nine. General manager J.P. Ricciardi ripped his team for lackluster play just before the All-Star break.

"That was ugly," Wells said of the game, which included two Toronto errors.

Ichiro Suzuki, Beltre and Jose Lopez led off the game with three straight singles off Casey Janssen (7-8), then Raul Ibanez hit an RBI grounder. Shortstop Aaron Hill's throwing error to second allowed Beltre to score Seattle's second run and Carl Everett followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0.

"Gosh, I wish I could change that," Hill said of the error which should have been a double play.

Consecutive doubles by Hill and Russ Adams cut it to 3-1 in the fifth, but Beltre's two-run double off Brian Tallet in the sixth made it 5-1.

Janssen, who has lost five of his last six decisions, allowed three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in four innings.

Janssen was surprised he was given an early hook.

"I was battling. I put up some zeros and then I was out," Janssen said. "It's frustrating. I don't think I was totally in a groove but I was putting up zeros."

Zaun and Wells homered in the sixth, the eighth time his season Toronto has hit back-to-back homers.

The Blue Jays put runners on second and third in the seventh, but Rafael Soriano relieved and got Frank Catalanotto to strike out and Zaun to ground out to end the threat.


Toronto RF Alex Rios will miss at least another 10 days because of an infection in his lower left leg, the team said. Rios hasn't played since fouling a ball off his leg on June 27. ... To make room for Jones on the 40-man roster, Seattle asked waivers on RHP Jeff Harris for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

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Players of the Game

A. Beltre
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0

V. Wells
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5220001 .344
Adrian Beltre, 3B5122001 .256
Jose Lopez, 2B5020001 .282
Raul Ibanez, LF4101102 .282
Richie Sexson, 1B3011100 .219
Carl Everett, DH4011004 .232
Kenji Johjima, C4110012 .286
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4010003 .287
Adam Jones, CF3000102 .000
2B - Adrian Beltre (21, Marcum)
RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (37), Raul Ibanez (71), Richie Sexson (60), Carl Everett (31)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (13)
CS - Adam Jones (1, 2nd base by League/Zaun)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Raul Ibanez 1
DP - Betancourt-J. Lopez-Sexson
E - Jose Lopez (7, misplayed grounder), Gil Meche (1, throwing error)
Seattle Mariners
Gil Meche (W,9-4) 6633152 3.87
George Sherrill (H,8) 0.1100100 3.38
Rafael Soriano (H,11) 1.2100030 2.25
J.J. Putz (S,17) 1000010 2.06
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 97-62, George Sherrill 11-6, Rafael Soriano 20-16, J.J. Putz 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 5-7, George Sherrill 1-0, Rafael Soriano 1-1, J.J. Putz 1-1
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 24, George Sherrill 3, Rafael Soriano 6, J.J. Putz 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Frank Catalanotto, LF3010012 .327
   a- Bengie Molina, PH1000012 .282
    Chad Mottola, RF0000000 .333
Gregg Zaun, C4111023 .314
Vernon Wells, CF4111010 .310
Troy Glaus, 3B3000110 .239
Lyle Overbay, 1B4020001 .297
Shea Hillenbrand, DH4000012 .301
Eric Hinske, RF2000001 .281
   b- Reed Johnson, PH-LF2010000 .366
Aaron Hill, SS3110110 .297
Russ Adams, 2B3011011 .231
a-struck out for Catalanotto in the 7th
b-singled for Hinske in the 7th
2B - Lyle Overbay (20, Soriano), Aaron Hill (16, Meche), Russ Adams (11, Meche)
HR - Gregg Zaun (7, Meche), Vernon Wells (22, Meche)
SH - Russ Adams (3)
RBI - Gregg Zaun (24), Vernon Wells (67), Russ Adams (25)
2-OUT RBI - Russ Adams (8)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Eric Hinske 1
DP - Hinske-Hill-Glaus
E - Troy Glaus (9, misplayed grounder), Aaron Hill (13, throwing error)
Toronto Blue Jays
Casey Janssen (L,6-8) 4532200 4.72
Brian Tallet 1111100 5.92
Shaun Marcum 1211000 8.31
Scott Schoeneweis 1000000 5.76
Brandon League 2200010 0.00
IBB - Sexson by Brian Tallet
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Janssen 75-43, Brian Tallet 21-11, Shaun Marcum 14-10, Scott Schoeneweis 10-8, Brandon League 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Janssen 8-5, Brian Tallet 1-2, Shaun Marcum 1-2, Scott Schoeneweis 1-2, Brandon League 4-0
Batters Faced - Casey Janssen 20, Brian Tallet 5, Shaun Marcum 5, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Brandon League 7
Game Information
Attendance - 23443
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Jim Joyce