Seattle (76-50) at Toronto (62-64)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Aug 21, 2003
  • TV: KSTW, RSN
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Although he’s been hit hard over his last few starts, Jamie Moyer will try to win his sixth straight decision when the Seattle Mariners complete a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

In his last nine starts, the veteran lefty is 5-0, with his last defeat coming back on June 25.

Despite not having a loss in more than seven weeks, Moyer hasn’t been nearly as effective as he was in the first half. Moyer was 12-5 with a 3.02 ERA before the All-Star break, but while he’s 3-0 in the second half, he has an ugly 5.66 ERA.

In his last start, a 10-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday, Moyer surrendered four runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings.

Prior to Wednesday’s 5-2 win which evened this series, the Blue Jays had dropped 30 of 45, prompting manager Carlos Tosca to hold a team meeting.

“I was just trying to address several things that I felt needed to be addressed, and we’ll leave it at that,” Tosca said.

Josh Towers responded, pitching his first complete game in more than two years, and Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer to give him 100 RBIs for the second straight season as the Blue Jays ended a three-game losing streak.

“I tried to do the best I could against a team that I don’t like very much,” Towers said.

Asked why he dislikes Seattle, Towers said: “Because they are good and they win every year lately.”

A victory Thursday will give the Blue Jays their first series win since taking two of three from the Anaheim Angels from Aug. 1-3.

Edgar Martinez and John Olerud drove in the lone runs Wednesday for the Mariners, who have split their last six games.

STANDINGS: Mariners - 1st place, AL West. Blue Jays - 3rd place, 17 GB, AL East.

MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Moyer (15-5, 3.60 ERA). In 27 career appearances, including 25 starts, against Toronto, Moyer is 10-5 with a 4.75 ERA.

BLUE JAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Mark Hendrickson (7-9, 5.28 ERA). Although the 6-foot-9 lefty is coming of a 6-4 loss to Oakland on Friday, he beat Seattle on Aug. 11, allowing two runs and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mariners - Ichiro Suzuki, .338 avg., 92 runs and 30 SBs; Bret Boone, 31 HRs and 98 RBIs. Blue Jays - Wells, .309 avg.; Carlos Delgado, 33 HRs, 115 RBIs and 94 runs; Bobby Kielty, 6 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 3-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Mariners - 2B Boone is 4-for-8 in the series with a home run, four runs scored and two RBIs. … OF Mike Cameron returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing four straight games with a left groin strain. … The Mariners have dropped eight of their last 13 on the road. Blue Jays - 1B Delgado is batting .447 (17-for-38) lifetime against LHP Moyer with five homers. … OF Frank Catalanotto is nursing a sore back and is day-to-day. … DH-C Greg Myers is 1-for-14 over his last five games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mariners - 37-23 on the road; Blue Jays - 27-33 at home.

INJURIES: Mariners - INF Greg Colbrunn (wrist), 15-day DL; INF Carlos Guillen (pelvis), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Thornton (elbow), 60-day DL. Blue Jays - OF Catalanotto (back), day-to-day; RHP Cory Lidle (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Pete Walker (calf), 15-day DL; LHP Doug Creek (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Bob File (calf), 60-day DL.

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J. Moyer Tor vs. M. Hendrickson Bal
21-7 Record 9-9
3.27 ERA 5.51
129 K 76
66 BB 40
1.23 WHIP 1.56