Seattle (41-52) at Toronto (47-47)

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  • Game info: 12:37 pm EDT Thu Jul 21, 2005
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The struggling Toronto Blue Jays will try for their first three-game sweep in nearly two months when they finish their set with the Seattle Mariners.

The Blue Jays had dropped eight of 13 games heading into this series before scoring 21 runs and collecting 31 hits in a pair of victories. Toronto is now in position for its first sweep since taking three straight from Boston from May 24-26.

Frank Catalanotto hit a three-run homer and Shea Hillenbrand added a two-run shot in the Blue Jays’ 9-4 win on Wednesday. Rookie Aaron Hill also homered for Toronto as every starter got at least one hit, three scored at least two runs and four drove in at least two.

“We don’t go out there and swing for home runs,” Hillenbrand said. “We’ve just got to feed off each other, try to be consistent and not try to do too much. It’s just a matter of keeping it going and doing the little things that you need to do on a daily basis to keep consistent.”

Catalanotto has been heating up at the plate of late, batting .415 (17-for-41) with 15 RBIs in his last 13 games.

“Finally, I feel like my old self again,” Catalanotto said. “I feel like I’m seeing the ball well. My swing is where I want it to be, and I’m starting to drive the ball.”

Vernon Wells hit a two-run double for Toronto, which has dropped six of nine since staff ace Roy Halladay broke a bone in his lower left leg on July 8. Despite their recent funk, the Blue Jays are just five games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.

Richie Sexson and Scott Spiezio homered Wednesday for Seattle, which has lost four of its last six.

Sexson is beginning to produce in the way that Seattle had hoped when it signed him in the offseason. The 6-foot-8 slugger is batting .393 (22-for-56) with five homers and 15 RBIs over his last 15 games.

“I think I’m just getting more comfortable with the league and with the surroundings,” said Sexson, who missed most of last season with Arizona due to an injured right shoulder.

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