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Mariners stay three back in AL West with win over Jays

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- If rookie Mark Lowe continues pitching this well, manager Mike Hargrove is going to run out of glowing adjectives to describe his performance.

Lowe pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning, and Seattle's Jamie Moyer won for the first time in a month as the Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 Wednesday night.

"This kid's been golden every time we've brought him out," Hargrove said of the 23-year-old reliever who has not allowed a run in 8 1/3 innings since being called up from Double-A San Antonio on July 7. "You don't see him get excited, you don't see him get mad, you don't see him get down, you see the same face, the same body language and he throws the (heck) out of the ball."

With one-out and the bases loaded, Lowe got hot-hitting Reed Johnson to bounce an outside fastball to second baseman Jose Lopez, who doubled up the speedy Lowe and preserved the Mariners three-run lead.

Closer J.J. Putz gave up two hits leading off the ninth, but struck out Troy Glaus and Lyle Overbay, and got Gregg Zaun to fly out for his 20th save in 24 chances, giving Moyer his first win since June 24 at San Diego.

"It was a good night ... but scary," Hargrove said. "Playing Toronto, with the way they swing those bats is always scary."

Moyer got plenty of offensive help as the Mariners took two of three from the Blue Jays and closed their homestand 4-2 to stay three back of Los Angeles in the AL West.

The 43-year-old soft-throwing lefty overcame a shaky first inning to scatter eight hits and give up four runs, while striking out three. In his previous two starts combined, Moyer (6-9) had allowed 13 earned runs, 18 hits and eight homers, including a club-record-tying five last Friday against Boston.

This time, it was the Mariners providing the long balls as Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson both hit solo home runs.

"Toronto's a club that, of the teams I've faced this year, they give you good at-bats top to bottom," Moyer said. "Regardless of the situation, they make you earn what you get."

Toronto scored three times in the sixth to end Moyer's night. Vernon Wells led off with a single and Glaus walked. Moyer stayed in to face Overbay, who ripped a single off the wall in right to score Wells.

Julio Mateo entered, but allowed two hits, committed an error and allowed Glaus and Overbay to score before Ichiro Suzuki made a running catch of Johnson's sinking liner to end the inning.

Lowe came on with one-out in the eighth and walked No. 9 hitter John McDonald to load the bases before getting Johnson's groundout.

"At the time I was upset," Lowe said. "But I try not to show emotion on the mound."

While Moyer rebounded, Toronto starter A.J. Burnett (2-4) was battered for six runs and 10 hits in just four innings, matching his shortest outing of the year, losing for the third time in his last four decisions.

He lasted four innings on April 21 against Boston.

"It wasn't A.J.'s night. He had trouble locating the ball and (Seattle) came out firing," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "They came out aggressive and got some big hits."

Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the first on Overbay's two-out single to score Aaron Hill, but Burnett failed to capitalize. Raul Ibanez sliced a two-out RBI double just inside the left-field line to score Suzuki, and Sexson and Greg Dobbs following with RBI singles for a 3-1 Seattle lead.

Beltre led off the third with his ninth homer of the season deep into the Blue Jays' bullpen. Seattle added a pair in the fourth on consecutive RBI doubles from backup catcher Rene Rivera and rookie center fielder Adam Jones.

Burnett was pulled, but Scott Downs was met in the fifth by Sexson's 21st homer, a 430-foot shot that one-hopped the hitting backdrop beyond the center-field wall.

Burnett had pitched at least six innings in five of his six starts since coming off the disabled list on June 22.

Notes

  • Wells had missed the last two games with a sore back. He was the DH on Wednesday.
  • Suzuki successfully stole his 28th consecutive base in the first inning, tying the single-season club record held by Julio Cruz in 1981. Suzuki hasn't been caught stealing since April 19 and has 34 for the season.
  • Toronto OF Alex Rios had an RBI double in his first at-bat in his minor league rehab with Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday night. Rios played five innings in right field and is expected to play one more game in Syracuse.
 
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Jamie Moyer doesn't have a particularly good outing, but he does enough to get the win.  (AP)
Jamie Moyer doesn't have a particularly good outing, but he does enough to get the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Sexson
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

L. Overbay
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, CF5010003 .357
Aaron Hill, 2B5120022 .305
Vernon Wells, DH5130010 .325
Troy Glaus, 3B4120114 .256
Lyle Overbay, 1B5122024 .306
Bengie Molina, C3011002 .277
    Russ Adams, PR0000000 .226
    Gregg Zaun, C1000002 .288
Chad Mottola, LF2000000 .250
   a- Frank Catalanotto, PH-LF2010011 .326
Eric Hinske, RF3000100 .278
John McDonald, SS3020100 .235
Totals3841433718 
a-singled for Mottola in the 6th
Batting
2B - Reed Johnson (24, Moyer)
SF - Bengie Molina (2)
RBI - Lyle Overbay 2 (60), Bengie Molina (27)
2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay (23)
CS - Troy Glaus (1, 2nd base by Moyer/Rivera)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - A.J. Burnett (1, Missed catch)
Toronto Blue Jays
A.J. Burnett (L,2-4) 41065031 4.53
Scott Downs 1111011 4.78
Brandon League 3100030 3.24
WP - A.J. Burnett (5)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 82-55, Scott Downs 11-7, Brandon League 32-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 5-3, Scott Downs 1-1, Brandon League 4-2
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 21, Scott Downs 4, Brandon League 10
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3120000 .346
Jose Lopez, 2B4000022 .274
Adrian Beltre, 3B4111012 .262
Raul Ibanez, LF4111020 .274
Richie Sexson, 1B4222000 .231
Greg Dobbs, DH2021000 .400
   a- Eduardo Perez, PH-DH2000010 .297
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4120002 .304
Rene Rivera, C4111011 .179
Adam Jones, CF3011000 .243
Totals347127077 
a-grounded out for Dobbs in the 5th
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (11, Burnett), Raul Ibanez (22, Burnett), Rene Rivera (4, Burnett), Adam Jones (2, Burnett)
HR - Adrian Beltre (9, Burnett), Richie Sexson (21, Downs)
SH - Ichiro Suzuki (1)
RBI - Adrian Beltre (44), Raul Ibanez (79), Richie Sexson 2 (68), Greg Dobbs (1), Rene Rivera (4), Adam Jones (3)
2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (23), Richie Sexson (29), Greg Dobbs (1)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (34, 2nd base off Burnett/Molina)
CS - Greg Dobbs (1, 2nd base by Burnett/Molina)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Rivera-Betancourt-Sexson, J. Lopez-Sexson
E - Julio Mateo (1, Missed catch)
Seattle Mariners
Jamie Moyer (W,6-9) 5844130 4.21
Julio Mateo 1.2300010 4.81
George Sherrill (H,10) 0.2100110 3.14
Mark Lowe (H,2) 0.2000100 0.00
J.J. Putz (S,20) 1200020 2.42
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 103-71, Julio Mateo 29-23, George Sherrill 17-10, Mark Lowe 10-5, J.J. Putz 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 3-8, Julio Mateo 1-3, Mark Lowe 1-0
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 23, Julio Mateo 8, George Sherrill 4, Mark Lowe 2, J.J. Putz 5
Game Information
Attendance - 33629
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Tim McClelland