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It's all different in his sixth stint.
The 25-year-old first baseman and cleanup hitter, still considered a rookie, had two home runs, including going back-to-back with Casper Wells in the eighth inning, to lead the Mariners to a 6-5 comeback victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.
Carp, who also homered in the third inning, has a 15-game hitting streak and 17 RBI in August, most in the majors for the month. It was his first two-home run game and the 18th for a rookie in club history.
Carp, called up twice briefly in 2009 and twice briefly in 2010, spent three weeks with the club in June, hitting just .200. He was recalled July 19 and is hitting .371 with six doubles, six home runs and 26 RBI.
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"We wanted to make sure we committed to him the second time up," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We were unable to do it for multiple reasons when he was here prior, and he has taken advantage of it. You have to stick with guys, be patient and give them opportunities but ultimately it's up to those guys to take advantage of the opportunity."
That's all Carp wanted all along, just a genuine opportunity, not spot duty.
"You have confidence knowing that you're going to be in there," Carp said. "If I go 0 for 4, the next day I'm playing instead of wondering when I'll play again.
"It's been fun the last couple weeks since I've been up. I'm having some success and I'm going to ride it out as long as I can."
Wells homered in his third straight game. He hit a 1-2 pitch from Jon Rauch (5-4) into the bullpen in left.
"I think it was a slider, pretty good pitch. I don't know. I just closed my eyes and swung, I guess. I don't really know," said Wells, who arrived in a July 30 trade with Detroit, 11 days after Carp's recall. "He's [Carp] been unreal since I've been here. He stays short and quick and hits to all parts of the field. I like having him batting in front of me, that's for sure."
Tom Wilhelmsen (1-0) earned his first major league win by working a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
"I was always thinking or hoping this might come," said Wilhelmsen, who was out of baseball for five years before returning in 2009. "I figured it would come one time or another. And sure enough."
Brandon League, a former Blue Jay, earned his 30th save in 34 opportunities.
It was a rollicking first four innings, with nine runs and four lead changes.
The Mariners responded with three runs in the second off Henderson Alvarez, who was making his second major league start. Alvarez hit Wells in the back to open the inning. With one out, Trayvon Robinson drove a fly ball over the head of Thames in left. He stretched for it at the warning track but it caromed off his glove for a RBI double.
Pineda brewed the same formula for trouble in the third, walking Jose Bautista followed by Lind's two-run shot that just cleared the wall in right, his 21st.
Carp tied it with his fifth home run over the wall in left-center with one out in the third. He has reached base safely in 24 straight games.
Lawrie then hit his third home run in just his 10th game for the Jays, a leadoff shot in the fourth for a 5-4 lead.
Alvarez went five-plus innings, allowing four runs and six hits. He walked one and struck out three.
In the Mariners' 120 games, 63 have been decided by two or fewer runs. They are 20-21 in one-run games.
|Mike Carp swings through his first of two home runs while helping propel the Mariners to a come-from-behind win. (Getty Images)|
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|Yunel Escobar , SS||4||1||0||0||1||1||3||.297|
|Eric Thames , RF||5||1||2||2||0||0||1||.275|
|Mike McCoy , PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.234|
|Jose Bautista , RF||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.311|
|Adam Lind , 1B||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.266|
|Edwin Encarnacion , DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.284|
|Colby Rasmus , CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.242|
|Brett Lawrie , 3B||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.343|
|Aaron Hill , 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.226|
|J.P. Arencibia , C||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.210|
|HR - E Thames (8); A Lind (21); B Lawrie (3)|
|RBI - E Thames 2 (27); A Lind 2 (68); B Lawrie (8)|
|SB - A Hill (15)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jon Rauch (L,5-4)||0.2||3||1||1||0||1||1||4.47|
|Ichiro Suzuki , RF||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.266|
|Franklin Gutierrez , CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.223|
|Dustin Ackley , 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.291|
|Mike Carp , 1B||4||2||2||2||0||1||1||.326|
|Casper Wells , DH||3||2||2||1||0||0||0||.283|
|Miguel Olivo , C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.215|
|Trayvon Robinson , LF||4||1||3||1||0||1||0||.259|
|Kyle Seager , 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||3||.163|
|Jack Wilson , SS||3||0||2||1||0||1||0||.251|
|2B - F Gutierrez (9); T Robinson 2 (3)|
|HR - M Carp 2 (6); C Wells (8)|
|RBI - I Suzuki (29); M Carp 2 (26); C Wells (22); T Robinson (2); J Wilson (11)|
|SF - I Suzuki (3)|
|CS - M Olivo (5)|
|Tom Wilhelmsen (W,1-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.27|
|Brandon League (S,30)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.79|
|Attendance - 28530|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|