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Slumping Seattle drops seventh straight in Toronto

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TORONTO -- This is the way things are going for the Seattle Mariners: a bases-loaded smash in the ninth inning Friday night turned into a game-ending double play.

The slumping Mariners lost their seventh straight game as Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer and Lyle Overbay and Alex Rios also went deep in the Toronto Blue Jays' 7-5 win Friday night.

Jose Vidro hit a two-run drive and Adrian Beltre also connected for Seattle, which matched its season-worst skid. The Mariners remained one game back of the AL wild card-leading New York Yankees, who lost 9-1 to Tampa Bay.

"We're just going through some tough times," Mariners manager John McLaren said. "We're going to turn it around but we need to turn it around soon. The effort is there and the desire is there. We're having some breakdowns and it's hurting us bad."

Trailing by two in the ninth, Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Vidro reached on one-out singles and Toronto closer Jeremy Accardo loaded the bases by hitting Jose Guillen.

Raul Ibanez then hit a line drive that bounced off the mound and into the path of second baseman Aaron Hill. Hill made a diving flip to shortstop John McDonald, who leaped over the charging Guillen to make the throw completing the double play, leaving the frustrated Mariners wondering what had happened.

"I thought we had them there," McLaren said. "When Raul hit that ball, I thought it was through."

Denied a clutch hit, Ibanez took a philosophical approach.

"Right when it left my bat I thought it was going through the middle," Ibanez said. "All you can do is control hitting the ball hard. The outcome wasn't exactly what I wanted but the goal was accomplished."

Accardo, who earned his 26th save in 30 opportunities, was grateful for the efforts of his middle infielders.

"Those are two Gold Glove candidates playing there," he said.

Jarrod Washburn (9-12) lost for the fifth time in six August starts, allowing six runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings. He walked five, matching a season high, and struck out none.

"That was about as bad as I can be right there," Washburn said. "I was brutal. I had no clue where the ball was going tonight. I couldn't locate my fastball, changeup or slider. Nothing was working."

Washburn's abbreviated effort didn't help a tired Seattle bullpen.

"We've got to get more out of our starters," McLaren said. "We're having trouble putting hitters away. If we can do that early in the count, we've saved a lot of pitches. We just haven't been able to do that. It's a real concern."

Glaus finished 2-for-3 with two walks and scored twice.

Shaun Marcum (12-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings to win for the eighth time in 10 starts. He walked two and struck out three.

Brian Wolfe relieved Marcum and worked two scoreless innings. Scott Downs took over in the eighth but was replaced by Casey Janssen after opening the inning by walking Ibanez.

Janssen got Beltre and Ben Broussard to fly out before Kenji Johjima doubled to left, scoring Ibanez. Adam Jones ended the inning by grounding out.

Beltre tied it at 2 with a two-out solo drive in the third but Toronto responded with two homers in the bottom half.

Rios led off with a walk and scored one out later when Glaus homered to left. Aaron Hill flied out before Overbay hit his second drive in the past two games.

Rios' homer made it 6-2 in the fourth but Vidro closed the gap to 6-4 with his two-run drive in the fifth.

Frank Thomas singled home Rios in the eighth, extending his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games.

Ryan Rowland-Smith relieved Washburn with one out and runners at first and second in the fourth but struck out Hill and got Overbay to ground out.

Notes

  • Seattle also lost seven straight between July 21 and 26, including both ends of a doubleheader at Texas on July 24. The Mariners also have had two six-game losing streaks this season.
  • Seattle has lost five of its past six road games.
 
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The Blue Jays and Alex Rios have most of the celebratory high-fives against the Mariners.  (AP)
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R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
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A. Beltre
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R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5230013 .352
Jose Vidro, 2B4122113 .315
    Willie Bloomquist, PR0000000 .280
Jose Guillen, RF4000012 .288
Raul Ibanez, DH3100201 .281
Adrian Beltre, 3B4122011 .285
Ben Broussard, 1B4000013 .281
Kenji Johjima, C4021000 .292
    Jose Lopez, PR0000000 .263
    Jamie Burke, C0000000 .307
Adam Jones, LF4010001 .257
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4010001 .289
Totals36511535  
Batting
2B - Kenji Johjima (27, Janssen), Yuniesky Betancourt (32, Wolfe)
HR - Jose Vidro (6, Marcum), Adrian Beltre (21, Marcum)
RBI - Jose Vidro 2 (55), Adrian Beltre 2 (82), Kenji Johjima (54)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (37), Kenji Johjima (17)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (23, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn (L,9-12) 3.1766503 4.37
Ryan Rowland-Smith 3.1200110 2.70
Sean Green 0.1100010 3.47
J.J. Putz 1211010 1.48
WP - J.J. Putz (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 102-55, Ryan Rowland-Smith 43-28, Sean Green 10-6, J.J. Putz 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 2-9, Ryan Rowland-Smith 5-4
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 23, Ryan Rowland-Smith 13, Sean Green 2, J.J. Putz 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Vernon Wells, CF4010103 .256
Reed Johnson, LF5010015 .248
Alex Rios, RF4321101 .310
Frank Thomas, DH4011102 .265
    Russ Adams, PR-DH0000000 .100
Troy Glaus, 3B3222201 .254
Aaron Hill, 2B5000015 .267
Lyle Overbay, 1B4211113 .253
Gregg Zaun, C4020002 .229
John McDonald, SS3022000 .259
Totals36712763  
Batting
2B - Troy Glaus (19, Washburn), Gregg Zaun 2 (19, Washburn, Rowland-Smith), John McDonald (15, Rowland-Smith)
3B - John McDonald (2, Washburn)
HR - Alex Rios (22, Washburn), Troy Glaus (18, Washburn), Lyle Overbay (10, Washburn)
SH - John McDonald (9)
RBI - Alex Rios (71), Frank Thomas (80), Troy Glaus 2 (57), Lyle Overbay (42), John McDonald 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay (12), John McDonald 2 (12)
SB - Alex Rios (14, 2nd base off Putz/Burke)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Hill-Overbay, Hill-McDonald-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun Marcum (W,12-5) 5744232 3.75
Brian Wolfe (H,4) 2100020 1.59
Scott Downs0011100 2.32
Casey Janssen (H,23) 1100000 2.35
Jeremy Accardo (S,26) 1200000 2.41
HBP - Guillen (by Jeremy Accardo)
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 91-52, Brian Wolfe 26-19, Scott Downs 4-0, Casey Janssen 14-8, Jeremy Accardo 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 6-5, Brian Wolfe 3-1, Casey Janssen 1-2, Jeremy Accardo 1-1
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 23, Brian Wolfe 7, Scott Downs 1, Casey Janssen 4, Jeremy Accardo 5
Game Information
Attendance - 34518
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Paul Schrieber