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Jays drop M's in 14th; Bautista 1 for 6 in return

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TORONTO -- Rajai Davis is happiest when he's racing around the basepaths.

Davis stole two bases before scoring on John McDonald's sacrifice fly in the 14th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Seattle 6-5 Tuesday night, extending the Mariners' losing streak to 10 games.

It is Seattle's longest slide since a 12-game skid in 2008.

Davis hit a one-out single off Jamey Wright (2-3) in the 14th and stole second and third before scoring on McDonald's fly to center.

"I have my most fun on the bases," Davis said. "It's just exciting being in that position with opportunities to help us win a game."

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Davis has 28 steals this season, which ranks among the AL leaders. Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he's happy to let Davis run wild.

"When Rajai gets on late in the game we're certainly going to turn him loose," Farrell said. "You could see the distraction it caused the pitcher on the mound. Once again, he's a difference-maker when he gets on base."

Activated from the disabled list before the game, right-hander Casey Janssen (3-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Six relievers combined to work seven shutout innings as Toronto won for the sixth time in eight games.

"You can't look past what the bullpen did tonight," Farrell said. "They did an outstanding job."

Greg Halman hit a three-run homer and Brendan Ryan added a solo shot for the Mariners, who held a players-only meeting on the field before batting practice, but couldn't stop their recent slide.

"It's definitely frustrating," Ryan said. "We come out of the gates the right way: hungry. Then I don't know, we just kind of fell asleep a bit there. They were making some plays but I think they were hungrier throughout the game."

Seattle blew a 5-2 lead, stranded 10 and had two runners thrown out on the bases. Chone Figgins was picked off first in the eighth and Mike Carp was caught stealing after a leadoff double in the 11th.

"We made some mistakes on the basepaths that really hurt us," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

Seattle's players huddled in the outfield after emerging from the clubhouse for pregame drills, urging one another not to give up on the season.

"We're still playing for something here, we've still got 70 games left," Ryan said when asked about the message of the team meeting. "Crazier things have happened."

Seattle came in hitting just .221, eight points lower than anyone else in baseball and 15 points worse than any other team in the AL. The Mariners had scored only two runs in their previous four games, and just 11 over the course of their nine-game skid, but turned that around against left-hander Brett Cecil.

The Mariners opened the scoring in the first on Miguel Olivo's RBI single. Toronto's Adam Lind answered in the bottom half, hitting a two-run homer into the second deck in right, his 17th. The shot ended a 17-game drought for Lind, whose previous homer came June 27 at Detroit.

Seattle reclaimed the lead with a four-run second. Carp doubled, Figgins reached on a bunt single and Halman smacked a three-run drive to left, his second. The homer was the first for the Mariners since Josh Bard hit a solo shot July 5 at Oakland, and it ended a nine-game homerless streak.

One out later, Ryan hit a solo drive into the left-field bullpen, his first.

Seattle rookie right-hander Michael Pineda rebounded from Lind's homer by setting down 12 of the next 13 but was chased in the seventh as the Blue Jays scored three times to tie it.

Aaron Hill led off with a double, snapping an 0-for-12 slump, and Corey Patterson drew a one-out walk before Yunel Escobar hit an RBI double.

"The double to Escobar was a good fastball, outside on the corner," Pineda said.

Aaron Laffey came on to face Eric Thames, who hit a sacrifice fly. Jeff Gray replaced Laffey and gave up an RBI single to Jose Bautista.

Bautista returned to Toronto's lineup as the designated hitter after missing the previous three games with a sore right ankle. The major league leader with 31 home runs, Bautista could return to third base Wednesday. Edwin Encarnacion started at third for the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Justin Smoak singled to begin the eighth against reliever Shawn Camp and was replaced by pinch-runner Jack Wilson. Franklin Gutierrez followed with a bunt and was safe at first on Camp's throwing error before Mike Carp grounded into a double play, sending Wilson to third. Figgins followed with a walk but the rally fizzled when Camp picked Figgins off at first.

Escobar drew a two-out walk from Gray in the ninth and was replaced by Davis, who stole second and went to third on Olivo's throwing error. Gray sent it to extra innings by getting Thames to ground out.

Pineda gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Cecil allowed five runs and nine hits in seven innings.

Notes

  • Toronto will retire the jersey of former second baseman Roberto Alomar in a July 31 ceremony. Alomar, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend along with former Blue Jays GM Pat Gillick, is the first Toronto player to have his jersey retired.
  • The Blue Jays optioned LHP Luis Perez to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Janssen.
  • Travis Snider started in CF for the first time in his career.
  • Escobar has reached safely in 23 straight games, a career high.
 
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John McDonald (center) celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk-off, sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 14th. (Getty Images)
John McDonald (center) celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk-off, sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 14th. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Seattle

B. Ryan
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Toronto

Y. Escobar
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF7010011 .260
Brendan Ryan, SS6231102 .254
Dustin Ackley, 2B-1B7021023 .275
Miguel Olivo, C6010033 .216
Justin Smoak, 1B4010002 .228
    Jack Wilson, PR-2B2010000 .233
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4000113 .186
Mike Carp, DH6130002 .244
Chone Figgins, 3B4110202 .184
Greg Halman, LF5113011 .274
Totals51514548  
Batting
2B - Brendan Ryan (13, Cecil), Mike Carp 2 (4, Cecil, Frasor)
HR - Brendan Ryan (1, Cecil), Greg Halman (2, Cecil)
SH - Franklin Gutierrez (2)
RBI - Brendan Ryan (27), Dustin Ackley (10), Greg Halman 3 (6)
SB - Brendan Ryan (7, 3rd base off Cecil/Arencibia)
CS - Mike Carp (1, 3rd base by Frasor/Arencibia)
PK - Chone Figgins (1, Camp)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Ackley-Smoak
E - Chone Figgins (11, Misplayed grounder), Miguel Olivo (8, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Michael Pineda 6.1755261 3.24
Aaron Laffey (H,5) 0.1000000 1.82
Jeff Gray (BS,1) 2.1300120 2.36
David Pauley 3100020 1.75
Jamey Wright (L,2-3) 1.2111210 3.52
IBB - Hill by Jamey Wright
Pitches-Strikes - Michael Pineda 102-65, Aaron Laffey 5-4, Jeff Gray 33-18, David Pauley 32-23, Jamey Wright 34-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Pineda 5-8, Jeff Gray 2-1, David Pauley 4-3, Jamey Wright 2-2
Batters Faced - Michael Pineda 28, Aaron Laffey 1, Jeff Gray 9, David Pauley 10, Jamey Wright 8
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yunel Escobar, SS4231110 .304
    Rajai Davis, PR-CF2110000 .235
Eric Thames, RF4011004 .306
    John McDonald, SS1001000 .219
Jose Bautista, DH6011022 .332
Adam Lind, 1B6112012 .297
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4010200 .265
    Mike McCoy, PR-3B0000000 .219
Travis Snider, CF-LF6000043 .245
Aaron Hill, 2B5120100 .233
J.P. Arencibia, C6000033 .211
Corey Patterson, LF-RF5120100 .254
Totals496126511  
Batting
2B - Yunel Escobar (16, Pineda), Aaron Hill (14, Pineda)
HR - Adam Lind (17, Pineda)
SF - Eric Thames (1), John McDonald (2)
RBI - Yunel Escobar (36), Eric Thames (15), John McDonald (15), Jose Bautista (66), Adam Lind 2 (54)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (17), Adam Lind 2 (19)
SB - Rajai Davis 3 (28, 3rd base off Gray/Olivo, 2nd base off Wright/Olivo, 3rd base off Wright/Olivo), Mike McCoy (4, 2nd base off Wright/Olivo)
CS - Aaron Hill (2, 2nd base by Gray/Olivo), Corey Patterson (8, 2nd base by Gray/Olivo)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Travis Snider 1
DP - Hill-Escobar-Lind, McDonald-Hill-Lind
E - Shawn Camp (1, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Cecil 7955122 5.77
Shawn Camp 1100100 4.10
Jon Rauch 1000010 4.12
Jason Frasor 1.1300110 3.12
Octavio Dotel 0.1000000 3.33
Marc Rzepczynski 2.1100020 2.75
Casey Janssen (W,3-0) 1000120 2.83
HBP - Halman (by Brett Cecil)
WP - Brett Cecil (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 109-71, Shawn Camp 17-11, Jon Rauch 14-9, Jason Frasor 26-15, Octavio Dotel 3-2, Marc Rzepczynski 25-18, Casey Janssen 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 6-12, Shawn Camp 2-0, Jon Rauch 1-1, Jason Frasor 1-0, Marc Rzepczynski 4-1, Casey Janssen 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 31, Shawn Camp 4, Jon Rauch 3, Jason Frasor 6, Octavio Dotel 1, Marc Rzepczynski 8, Casey Janssen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15957
Game Time - 4:21
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi