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Seattle (57-93)1000100013101
Toronto (76-74) «21020000x580

Blue Jays 5, Mariners 3

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TORONTO -- Sidelined by a sore wrist when the Blue Jays visited Seattle back in May, Travis Snider had been waiting a long time for another chance to face his hometown team. When it finally came, he made it count.

Snider and Vernon Wells hit two-run homers, Edwin Encarnacion added a solo shot and Toronto beat the Mariners 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Born and raised in suburban Seattle, Snider grew up rooting for the Mariners but has yet to play at Safeco Field in his three big league seasons. He went on the disabled list with a sore right wrist days before Toronto's lone road series against the Mariners earlier this season.

That made this night, complete with his career-best 10th homer, extra special for the young outfielder.

"There's a lot of friends and family back home that got a chance to watch the game that don't get to see most of the games," Snider said.

Snider lined out sharply to second in the first and came up empty after making solid contact again in the second, hitting it straight to left fielder Ryan Langerhans.

No one could catch Snider's drive in the fourth, a blast to right-center that made him the ninth Toronto player to reach double digits in homers, matching a team record.

"On a personal note it's great, but the story today is just getting the win and continuing to play good baseball and trying to finish the season strong," Snider said.

Left-hander Marc Rzepczynski (2-4) gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to win for the first time since an Aug. 13 road victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Rzepczynski, who had not won in six starts, walked three and matched a season-high with eight strikeouts.

"I was able to throw my fastball more in the zone today and I was able to throw my breaking ball anytime I wanted to," Rzepczynski said.

Shawn Camp got two outs in the seventh, Scott Downs pitched the eighth and Kevin Gregg earned his 34th save in 39 chances despite allowing Chone Figgins' RBI single in the ninth.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 4 for 4 with four singles and a walk, leaving him three hits from 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons. Suzuki leads the majors with 197 hits.

"I don't know how you pitch him, I don't know where you play him," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "I really believe he hits the ball where he wants to. He just picks a spot and if there's nobody there, he'll hit it there."

Jose Lopez went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Mariners, who have lost nine of 11 overall and 10 of 12 on the road.

Toronto leads the majors with 232 homers, including an ML-high 131 at home. The Blue Jays hit a team-record 244 homers in 2000.

"Sometimes you can live by the home run and die by it, too, but we've played pretty good with it," Gaston said.

The Blue Jays had homered in 19 consecutive games before losing 6-0 at Boston on Sunday. They got back to swinging for the fences against the Mariners, the worst team the American League.

Wells hit a two-run drive into the second deck in left in the first, his 28th, Encarnacion hit a solo drive down the left field line in the second, his 15th, and Snider drilled a two-run shot in the fourth.

All three homers came off left-hander Luke French, (4-6), who allowed five runs and seven hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out two.

"Three swings of the bat cost him five runs," Mariners manager Daren Brown said. "Other than that, I thought he battled and did a nice job."

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, who leads the majors with 49 homers, went 2 for 4 with a single and a double but remains one shy of baseball's first 50-homer season since 2007.

Lopez drove in Suzuki with an RBI single in the first, but Wells followed Bautista's single with a drive to left in the bottom half.

Encarnacion led off the second with a drive that scraped over the wall in left, and Snider's blast in the fourth made it 5-1 before Lopez singled home Suzuki again in the fifth.

Notes

Seattle DH Russell Branyan (back) hit off a tee and took batting practice before the game, but did not start. Brown said Branyan, out since Sept. 15, could return Wednesday. ... Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (upset stomach) did not play and is day-to-day. ... Toronto 2B Aaron Hill returned to the lineup after leaving Friday's game at Boston with a sore right wrist, the result of being hit by a pitch. ... Blue Jays DH Adam Lind did not start after undergoing dental work earlier in the day. ... Toronto extended its affiliation with Triple-A Las Vegas, signing a 2-year deal.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

J. Lopez
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Toronto

V. Wells
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4240100 .315
Chone Figgins, 2B3021100 .259
Jose Lopez, DH5022023 .234
Justin Smoak, 1B4000015 .197
Ryan Langerhans, LF4000011 .180
Adam Moore, C3010100 .172
Michael Saunders, CF4000022 .206
Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B4110021 .179
Josh Wilson, SS4000021 .239
Totals353103310  
Batting
2B - Matt Tuiasosopo (5, Gregg)
SH - Chone Figgins (15)
RBI - Chone Figgins (35), Jose Lopez 2 (52)
2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins (14), Jose Lopez (22)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Josh Wilson (20, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Luke French (L,4-6) 7755123 4.23
Garrett Olson 1100000 4.36
HBP - Overbay (by Luke French)
Pitches-Strikes - Luke French 88-55, Garrett Olson 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke French 3-17, Garrett Olson 3-0
Batters Faced - Luke French 31, Garrett Olson 4
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Travis Snider, LF4112010 .240
Yunel Escobar, SS4000000 .261
Jose Bautista, RF4120000 .264
Vernon Wells, CF4112001 .270
Lyle Overbay, 1B2000101 .248
John Buck, C4020012 .273
Aaron Hill, 2B4000003 .209
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4221001 .243
John McDonald, 3B3000000 .252
Totals3358512  
Batting
2B - Jose Bautista (33, French)
HR - Travis Snider (10, French), Vernon Wells (28, French), Edwin Encarnacion (15, French)
RBI - Travis Snider 2 (26), Vernon Wells 2 (80), Edwin Encarnacion (38)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Snider 2 (11), Vernon Wells 2 (35)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Overbay-Escobar
PB - John Buck (4)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marc Rzepczynski (W,2-4) 6.1722380 5.75
Shawn Camp (H,12) 0.2000010 2.88
Scott Downs (H,23) 1000000 2.83
Kevin Gregg (S,34) 1311010 3.31
Pitches-Strikes - Marc Rzepczynski 95-69, Shawn Camp 13-9, Scott Downs 5-3, Kevin Gregg 28-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marc Rzepczynski 8-2, Shawn Camp 1-0, Scott Downs 3-0, Kevin Gregg 1-1
Batters Faced - Marc Rzepczynski 28, Shawn Camp 2, Scott Downs 3, Kevin Gregg 6
Game Information
Attendance - 12158
Game Time - 2:12
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Jim Joyce