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Cairo, Mariners use safety squeeze to drop Jays in 10th

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TORONTO -- At the end of an emotional day, the Seattle Mariners were finally able to have some fun.

Miguel Cairo's safety squeeze after Jason Frasor walked the bases loaded in the 10th inning gave the Mariners a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

"It feels good," Seattle manager John McLaren said. "It's a big win for us."

The victory came hours after the slumping Mariners fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland and replaced him with Lee Elia, who had been serving as a consultant.

Losers of six of seven and 14 of 18 entering the game, Seattle held a 30-minute, closed-door meeting in their clubhouse before batting practice, during which McLaren tried to lighten the mood.

"We talked about several situations, everything that's going on," McLaren said. "I just emphasized to them that we need to get back to where we feel good about themselves and enjoy ourselves."

R.A. Dickey (1-1), who worked two scoreless innings for the win, said the pregame session relieved the "thick" sense of anxiety that had been hanging over the Mariners (23-41), owners of the worst record in the majors.

"It wasn't a brow beating," Dickey said. "I don't want to sound corny, but it was kind of a share your heart meeting. I can only speak for myself, but it made sense to me."

Frasor (1-1) walked Raul Ibanez leading off the 10th. Pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist stole second and Adrian Beltre struck out. Frasor then intentionally walked Jose Lopez and walked Wladimir Balentien to load the bases.

Brian Wolfe came on to face Cairo, who bunted back to the mound, scoring Bloomquist.

"That wasn't an easy pitch to bunt," McLaren said. "He's a gamer. When he plays, good things happen."

J.J. Putz twice loaded the bases in the 10th before finishing for his seventh save in 10 chances.

Afer Putz loaded the bases with no outs, Cairo helped turn a 3-2-3 double play on Lyle Overbay's grounder. Marco Scutaro walked to reload the bases, but David Eckstein flied out to center to end the game.

"There's something about winning that breeds a good feeling," Ibanez said. "It definitely lightens things up."

Being involved in two pivotal, late-game plays didn't bother the veteran Cairo.

"If you're afraid, you don't belong here," he said.

Toronto has lost seven of nine and is 2-6 in June after going 20-10 in May.

"If we're going to get to where we want to be, we've got to win these games," Eckstein said. "You never say it's too late, but we need to start winning."

Seattle wasted no time in jumping on Toronto right-hander Jesse Litsch. Ichiro Suzuki opened the game with a single and Jose Vidro homered into the second deck in right, his fourth of the year.

A shaky Litsch was lucky to avoid more damage over the next two innings. Left fielder Kevin Mench made a running catch on the warning track to rob Vidro and leave the bases loaded in the second. Center fielder Vernon Wells raced to the wall to make a fine catch on Richie Sexson's drive in the third, stranding runners at first and second.

"Those balls were hit right on the nose," McLaren said. "Sometimes that can come back and bite you later on in the game."

Toronto cut it to 2-1 in the fourth when Mench drew a two-out walk and scored on a double by Overbay, then tied it in the seventh when Eckstein scored on a throwing error by shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.

Both teams put the potential go-ahead run on third with two outs in the ninth, but neither was able to score. Vidro ended the top half by grounding into a fielder's choice and Scott Rolen grounded out in the bottom half.

Litsch allowed two runs in six innings and equaled a season high by giving up 10 hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Seattle left-hander Jarrod Washburn gave up one run and five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Notes

  • Toronto OF Shannon Stewart (right ankle), who was placed on the 15-day DL Sunday, is likely to be sidelined for a while, general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. Stewart had an MRI on Monday, but no results were available. He sprained his ankle Saturday when he stepped awkwardly on first base.
  • Ten of Seattle's last 11 homers have been solo shots.
 
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How do you spell relief? J.J. -- although the M's closer yields two walks and a hit before getting the save.  (AP)
How do you spell relief? J.J. -- although the M's closer yields two walks and a hit before getting the save. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Litsch
IP 6.0
H 10
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
Seattle

J. Washburn
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 3
K 4
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF3110201 .291
Jose Vidro, DH5112016 .220
Raul Ibanez, LF4010100 .261
    Willie Bloomquist, PR-LF0100000 .171
Adrian Beltre, 3B5000021 .226
Jose Lopez, 2B4010111 .302
Jeremy Reed, RF3020010 .262
    Wladimir Balentien, RF1000100 .192
Richie Sexson, 1B3020102 .213
    Miguel Cairo, PR-1B0001000 .218
Kenji Johjima, C4020003 .224
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000005 .284
Totals36310365  
Batting
HR - Jose Vidro (4, Litsch)
SH - Miguel Cairo (3), Kenji Johjima (1)
RBI - Jose Vidro 2 (32), Miguel Cairo (7)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (6, 2nd base off Frasor/Barajas)
CS - Raul Ibanez (2, 2nd base by Litsch/Barajas), Jeremy Reed (1, 3rd base by Litsch/Barajas)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - J. Lopez-Sexson, Cairo-Johjima
PB - Kenji Johjima (3)
E - Wladimir Balentien (2, Dropped line drive), Yuniesky Betancourt (8, Throwing), Raul Ibanez (4, Dropped fly)
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn 6511340 6.09
Mark Lowe0110100 4.94
Arthur Rhodes (H,4) 0.1000000 5.06
Miguel Batista (BS,1) 0.2000010 6.00
R.A. Dickey (W,1-1) 2100120 2.67
J.J. Putz (S,7) 1100200 5.21
WP - J.J. Putz (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 104-59, Mark Lowe 6-2, Arthur Rhodes 5-3, Miguel Batista 10-8, R.A. Dickey 30-19, J.J. Putz 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 7-7, Arthur Rhodes 1-0, Miguel Batista 2-0, R.A. Dickey 3-0, J.J. Putz 1-2
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 26, Mark Lowe 2, Arthur Rhodes 1, Miguel Batista 3, R.A. Dickey 7, J.J. Putz 6
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF4030100 .272
Matt Stairs, DH3000023 .266
   a- John McDonald, PH-DH0000000 .148
   b- Joe Inglett, PH-DH1000010 .277
Scott Rolen, 3B4000116 .294
Vernon Wells, CF5000002 .291
Rod Barajas, C5010014 .297
Kevin Mench, LF2110100 .250
   c- Brad Wilkerson, PH-LF1000110 .235
Lyle Overbay, 1B5011012 .272
Marco Scutaro, 2B3000200 .264
David Eckstein, SS4120105 .276
Totals3728177  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Stairs in the 7th
b-struck out for McDonald in the 9th
c-struck out for Mench in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kevin Mench (3, Washburn), Lyle Overbay (12, Washburn)
SH - John McDonald (2)
RBI - Lyle Overbay (25)
2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay (6)
SB - Alex Rios (15, 2nd base off Dickey/Johjima)
PK - David Eckstein (1, Dickey)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Barajas-Scutaro
Toronto Blue Jays
Jesse Litsch 61022141 3.42
Scott Downs 1000000 1.67
Shawn Camp 1000000 3.50
B.J. Ryan 1000200 2.66
Jason Frasor (L,1-1) 0.1011310 3.48
Brian Wolfe 0.2000000 3.72
IBB - Suzuki by B.J. Ryan, J. Lopez by Jason Frasor
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Litsch 103-62, Scott Downs 12-8, Shawn Camp 7-6, B.J. Ryan 16-7, Jason Frasor 22-7, Brian Wolfe 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Litsch 5-7, Scott Downs 2-1, Shawn Camp 1-2, B.J. Ryan 3-0, Brian Wolfe 2-0
Batters Faced - Jesse Litsch 27, Scott Downs 3, Shawn Camp 3, B.J. Ryan 5, Jason Frasor 4, Brian Wolfe 2
Game Information
Attendance - 20073
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly