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Bloomquist brings home win for Mariners in ninth

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SEATTLE -- It's not often that Willie Bloomquist is in the position to win a ball game with his bat for the Seattle Mariners. He took instant advantage of his chance.

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Bloomquist hit the first pitch from Shawn Camp for a game-winning single in the ninth-inning that scored Raul Ibanez from second base as the Mariners rallied from four runs down to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Tuesday night.

"Guys just kept battling and kept getting after it," said Bloomquist, who has spent much of his career as a defensive replacement and pinch runner. "Even in our situation, guys are playing hard and not giving up. We're doing the best we can to win every game we can."

Ibanez opened the inning with a walk off Scott Downs (0-2), who was charged with his first run in 26 innings. Jose Vidro bunted him to second. Adrian Beltre, who had three hits, including a two-run home run, was intentionally walked. Camp was ushered in and one pitch later it was over.

"My game centers around ground balls, righty-on-righty situations. It was just a lack of execution," Camp said. "First pitch breaking ball (slider) just up and he drove it."

Yuniesky Betancourt had two singles and a pair of RBI for the Mariners. Brandon Morrow (1-1), who worked the ninth, earned the victory.

Down 6-2 in the sixth, the Mariners scored one in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth to tie the game. Richie Sexson provided the eighth-inning tying run with a leadoff home run. It was his 10th, but first since May 24.

"Richie came up big for us. Bloomquist, of course, Beltre. These guys have been working so hard and competing so hard and not getting anything to show for it," said Mariners manager Jim Riggleman, who is 7-4 since taking over for John McLaren on June 20. "When you put together a few wins, you just really feel good for them. When guys are struggling, it's tough being at the plate."

Sexson exited the clubhouse through the back door without speaking to the media. But Beltre served as his impromptu spokesman.

"I feel great for him because he's swinging the bat real well the last two weeks and has nothing to show for it," Beltre said. "He can now relax and just try to hit the ball somewhere. He hit the home run. I think more home runs are going to come after this one."

Adam Lind went 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Blue Jays. Vernon Wells also had three hits and an RBI.

"It's a tough loss," said Jays manager Cito Gaston, who took over the same day as Riggleman. "Anytime you lose a ballgame like that it's a tough loss."

Ryan Rowland-Smith, the Mariners middle reliever and lefty specialist, was pushed into his first career start because of injuries to starters Felix Hernandez and Miguel Batista. He started strong, throwing first-pitch strikes to nine of the first 11 batters and threw only six balls (27 strikes) in his first three innings, allowing just one hit.

But he was exposed in the fourth as Toronto scored three runs.

Marco Scutaro opened with a single. Alex Rios worked a four-pitch walk then Wells doubled into the right-center gap, scoring Scutaro. Lyle Overbay was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

With one out, Gregg Zaun hit an apparent single to left, scoring Rios from third. But Wells, believing the ball would be caught by the shortstop, broke back to second. Left-fielder Ibanez then threw the ball to third for the force-out, turning a clean single into a fielder's choice. Lind finished the scoring and Rowland-Smith's outing with a RBI single to right.

"Giving up that leadoff hit then the walk it felt like things were starting to speed up," said Rowland-Smith, a native of Australia. "I felt good the first three innings, feeling comfortable. I had a pretty tight pitch count so I started looking toward getting five innings, a little too early. They jumped on me pretty quick."

The Mariners answered with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth. One scored on starter Jesse Litsch's throwing error and the other on Betancourt's RBI single to right.

An error by Mariners second baseman Jose Lopez opened the Jays' three-run sixth. Wells started it with a single to center off Roy Corcoran. Overbay followed with a potential double-play grounder to Lopez but it ducked under his glove for an error. After Rolen walked, Zaun stroked a RBI single to right and Lind drilled a two-run double to left.

Betancourt had a two-out RBI single in the sixth. Beltre lined his two-run home run -- his 16th -- down the right-field line in the seventh on a 0-2 pitch from Jesse Carlson.

Notes

  • It was Canada Day Tuesday and the Mariners used it as a promotion to attract more fans from nearby Vancouver, B.C. What it did is fill the stands with a large and vocal contingent of Blue Jay fans. "If you can't be at home," Gaston said, "this is the second best place to be."
  • Jays' DH Matt Stairs' sister Martha Cormier is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She carried the Canadian flag onto the field before the game.
 
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Willie Bloomquist is the center of attention after his game-winning hit for Seattle in the ninth inning.  (AP)
Willie Bloomquist is the center of attention after his game-winning hit for Seattle in the ninth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

A. Lind
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Toronto Blue Jays
David Eckstein, DH3000001 .273
   a- Matt Stairs, PH-DH2010012 .264
Marco Scutaro, 2B5120014 .261
Alex Rios, RF4100111 .277
Vernon Wells, CF5131010 .291
Lyle Overbay, 1B3200121 .261
Scott Rolen, 3B4100115 .283
Gregg Zaun, C4022000 .265
Adam Lind, LF4033011 .209
John McDonald, SS4000006 .163
Totals38611638  
a-struck out for Eckstein in the 6th
Batting
2B - Vernon Wells (11, Rowland-Smith), Adam Lind (1, Corcoran)
RBI - Vernon Wells (37), Gregg Zaun 2 (18), Adam Lind 3 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Lind (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Litsch-McDonald-Overbay
E - Jesse Litsch (3, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Jesse Litsch 5.21031010 3.69
Jesse Carlson (H,10) 1.1222011 2.25
Scott Downs (BS,2; L,0-2) 1.1222221 1.62
Shawn Camp0100000 3.80
IBB - Beltre by Scott Downs
HBP - Clement (by Jesse Litsch)
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Litsch 92-62, Jesse Carlson 27-20, Scott Downs 29-14, Shawn Camp 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Litsch 8-7, Jesse Carlson 2-1, Scott Downs 2-0
Batters Faced - Jesse Litsch 27, Jesse Carlson 6, Scott Downs 8, Shawn Camp 1
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5020004 .295
Jose Lopez, 2B5000022 .296
Raul Ibanez, LF4120110 .278
Jose Vidro, DH4110001 .221
Adrian Beltre, 3B4232100 .254
Jeremy Reed, CF3110001 .305
   a- Willie Bloomquist, PH-CF2011000 .256
Richie Sexson, 1B4211002 .226
Jeff Clement, C3020010 .188
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4022002 .272
Totals38715624  
a-flied out for Reed in the 7th
Batting
HR - Adrian Beltre (16, Carlson), Richie Sexson (10, Downs)
SH - Jose Vidro (2)
RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (43), Willie Bloomquist (6), Richie Sexson (27), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (13), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (13)
SB - Richie Sexson (1, 2nd base off Litsch/Zaun)
CS - Raul Ibanez (3, 2nd base by Litsch/Zaun)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Raul Ibanez 1
DP - Sexson
E - Jose Lopez (8, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Ryan Rowland-Smith 3.2433110 3.05
Roy Corcoran 1.2432100 3.60
Cesar Jimenez 1.2100020 0.00
Arthur Rhodes 0.2200010 3.52
Sean Green 0.1000010 3.30
Brandon Morrow (W,1-1) 1000130 0.74
HBP - Overbay (by Ryan Rowland-Smith)
WP - Sean Green (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Rowland-Smith 62-46, Roy Corcoran 29-17, Cesar Jimenez 23-16, Arthur Rhodes 16-10, Sean Green 7-4, Brandon Morrow 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Rowland-Smith 2-8, Roy Corcoran 4-1, Cesar Jimenez 1-2
Batters Faced - Ryan Rowland-Smith 17, Roy Corcoran 10, Cesar Jimenez 6, Arthur Rhodes 4, Sean Green 1, Brandon Morrow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24586
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Bob Davidson