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Lilly nabs career-high 13th win, Jays close in on BoSox

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Since his tangle with manager John Gibbons, Ted Lilly has been pitching pretty well.

Lilly got his career-high 13th win, allowing four hits in seven innings to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Seattle Mariners 6-2 Monday night.

Lilly (13-12), who won 12 games in 2003 with Oakland and in 2004 with Toronto, allowed two runs, struck out five and walked two.

"Teddy's been on a roll," Gibbons said. "If you look back. he's been as steady as anyone."

Lilly has won three of four starts since Aug. 21, when he and Gibbons exchanged words on the mound, then confronted each other between the dugout and clubhouse.

"It's easier for a manager to manage a game when a starting pitcher goes out there and puts out quality starts," Lilly said. "I'm certainly not satisfied with this. I still felt that at the beginning of the year that I'd be further along and we'd certainly be further along as a team."

Eduardo Perez went 0-for-3 against Lilly.

"I was in awe my first three at-bats," he said. "I don't think I saw a ball today, it was all strikes."

Brandon League and Jeremy Accardo finished the five-hitter for the Blue Jays (75-69), who closed within 1½ games of second-place Boston (76-67) in the AL East.

Jake Woods (4-3) gave up five runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He has not pitched six innings in any of his five major league starts.

Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Vernon Wells and Bengie Molina, then made it 5-0 in the fourth. Adam Lind, batting .450 (9-for-20) since he came up from the minors on Aug. 23, hit a bloop run-scoring single, John McDonald brought in a run with a squeeze bunt and Reed Johnson hit run-scoring single.

"We've always heard that the kid can hit," Gibbons said of Lind. "He's one of those kids that was born to hit."

Lilly threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the fifth, and Jose Lopez had an RBI grounder. Wells had an RBI double in the seventh off Emiliano Fruto.

Fruto, who allowed just the Wells' hit in 2 2/3 innings, came on with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and got McDonald to ground into a double play on his first pitch.

Notes

  • When Johnson was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, it was his major-league leading 20th time.
  • Mariners SS Yuniesky Betancourt went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, ending a 10-game hitting streak.
  • Seattle 3B Adrian Beltre went 1-for-4 after missing three straight games because of the birth of his son. Beltre, who snapped an 0-for-22 slump, also barehanded a ball at third to throw out Molina in the fourth.
  • Molina just missed a home run leading off the eighth. OF Raul Ibanez jumped against the left-field wall and tore part of the covering off the fence with his catch of Molina's drive.
  • LHP Cesar Jimenez made his major league debut, pitching a perfect ninth for Seattle.
 
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Ted Lilly hasn't won more than 12 games in a season, until now. He K's five and his ERA is now 4.55.  (AP)
Ted Lilly hasn't won more than 12 games in a season, until now. He K's five and his ERA is now 4.55. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

V. Wells
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Toronto

T. Lilly
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 2
K 5
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, RF-LF3211101
Frank Catalanotto, LF3010001
    Alex Rios, RF0000000
Vernon Wells, CF4122011
Troy Glaus, 3B4000031
Bengie Molina, C4021000
Lyle Overbay, 1B4110012
Aaron Hill, 2B-SS2100200
Adam Lind, DH3121100
John McDonald, SS1001011
   a- Gregg Zaun, PH1000001
    Russ Adams, 2B1000010
Totals30696478 
a-grounded into a double play for McDonald in the 6th
Batting
2B - Vernon Wells (, Fruto), Bengie Molina (, Woods), Lyle Overbay (, Woods)
SH - Frank Catalanotto (), John McDonald ()
RBI - Reed Johnson (), Vernon Wells 2 (), Bengie Molina (), Adam Lind (), John McDonald ()
2-OUT RBI - Reed Johnson (), Bengie Molina ()
SB - Vernon Wells (, 3rd base off Woods/Johjima)
CS - Reed Johnson (, 2nd base by Woods/Johjima)
PK - Vernon Wells (, Fruto)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - McDonald-Hill-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly (W,-) 7422250
Brandon League 1000010
Jeremy Accardo 1100020
WP - Ted Lilly ()
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 108-74, Brandon League 6-5, Jeremy Accardo 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 10-5, Brandon League 2-0, Jeremy Accardo 1-0
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 26, Brandon League 3, Jeremy Accardo 4
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4000011
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010000
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000031
Raul Ibanez, LF3010111
Richie Sexson, 1B3100102
Eduardo Perez, DH3000021
   a- Ben Broussard, PH-DH1000011
Kenji Johjima, C3110000
Jose Lopez, 2B3011000
Mike Morse, RF2010001
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1000000
    T.J. Bohn, RF0000000
Totals31251288 
a-struck out for Perez in the 9th
b-grounded out for Morse in the 8th
Batting
2B - Raul Ibanez (, Accardo), Kenji Johjima (, Lilly)
RBI - Jose Lopez ()
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - J. Lopez-Sexson, Sexson-Johjima
E - Kenji Johjima (, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Jake Woods (L,-) 5.1855340
Emiliano Fruto 2.2111120
Cesar Jimenez 1000010
IBB - Hill by Jake Woods
HBP - Johnson (by Jake Woods)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Woods 104-62, Emiliano Fruto 29-18, Cesar Jimenez 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Woods 7-3, Emiliano Fruto 2-2
Batters Faced - Jake Woods 26, Emiliano Fruto 8, Cesar Jimenez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24462
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Jim Reynolds