Seattle (51-80) at Toronto (54-78)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Sep 1, 2004
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While the Seattle Mariners are enduring one of their worst seasons in recent history, Gil Meche is revitalizing his career.

He’ll look to remain unbeaten in his seventh start since being recalled from the minors as the suddenly streaking Mariners continue a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome.

Meche established himself as one of the more promising young pitcher in the American League by going 15-13 with a 4.59 ERA in 32 starts for Seattle last year. However, the 26-year-old right-hander was 1-5 with a 7.06 ERA on June 1, earning an unexpected demotion after his breakout season.

Meche returned to the majors July 30, and has posted a 3-0 mark in six starts, yielding three earned runs or fewer in four of those outings. He surrendered four runs and six hits over six innings, but did not receive a decision in Seattle’s 7-5 win over Kansas City on Friday.

The Mariners have won each of Meche’s last four starts, and he has picked up a victory in his last three decisions dating to Seattle’s 6-3 loss at Baltimore on Aug. 4, when he allowed two earned runs over six innings.

Ichiro Suzuki finished his spectacular August with a flurry in Tuesday’s series opener, picking up three hits in Seattle’s 7-5 victory. Suzuki finished August with 56 hits, the most in a month by a major leaguer since Roy Weatherly also had 56 in July 1936.

Suzuki, chasing George Sisler’s major league record for hits in a season, finished 3-for-5 and has 212 hits. Sisler got 257 hits for the St. Louis Browns in 1920.

Suzuki set a club record for hits in a month, two more than Alex Rodriguez had in August 1996. Suzuki is hitting .463 since the All-Star break, and the Mariners have 31 games left.

“I don’t feel like I’m in a zone. I’m going out and doing the same things I always do,” Suzuki said. “I’ve kind of ran out of things to say. You could say that I’m happier than happy.”

Seattle, which owns the second-worst record in the AL after winning at least 90 games in each of the previous four years, has won a season-high five in a row.

Carlos Delgado and Eric Hinske hit consecutive homers for the Blue Jays, who have lost six of seven.

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G. Meche KC vs. D. Bush TOR
7-7 Record 5-4
5.01 ERA 3.69
99 K 64
47 BB 25
1.46 WHIP 1.23