Toronto (75-69) at Seattle (68-75)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Sep 12, 2006
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Gil Meche seeks to win for the first time in 10 starts on Tuesday night when the Seattle Mariners continue a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Safeco Field.

Meche (9-8, 4.31 ERA) is 0-4 with a 5.36 ERA over his last nine outings— the longest winless stretch of his career.

The right-hander has been effective over his last three starts, though, posting a 2.05 ERA but failing to receive a decision. He allowed two runs over seven-plus innings in a 5-4, 10-inning victory at Detroit on Wednesday.

Meche has not won since he allowed three runs over six innings in a 5-3 victory over Toronto (75-69) on July 14. He’s 1-1 with an 8.71 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays this season, and 3-3 with a 5.53 ERA in nine career appearances—eight starts—versus Toronto.

Seattle (68-75) is trying to avoid a third straight loss after falling 6-2 on Monday. The Mariners were shut down by Toronto starter Ted Lilly, who gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings to record his career-high 13th victory.

“I was in awe my first three at-bats,” said Seattle designated hitter Eduardo Perez, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against Lilly. “I don’t think I saw a ball today, it was all strikes.”

The Mariners welcomed third baseman Adrian Beltre back to the lineup after he missed three games while his wife gave birth to their son. Beltre singled in the first inning to snap an 0-for-19 slide before he went hitless in his last three at-bats.

Seattle catcher Kenji Johjima went 1-for-3 and is batting .296 for the season as he bids to become the first catcher in Mariners history to hit .300. Johjima is 9-for-22 against the Blue Jays.

Toronto won for the sixth time in nine games with Monday’s victory as Vernon Wells drove in two runs to support Lilly’s strong outing. His 2-for-4 effort helped him snap out of a 6-for-38 slide.

Wells is four RBIs shy of reaching 100 for the third time in his career and first time since he drove in a career-high 117 runs in 2003.

Adam Lind, batting .450 (9-for-20) since he came up from the minors on Aug. 23, went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a run scored.

“We’ve always heard that the kid can hit,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of the 23-year-old rookie first baseman. “He’s one of those kids that was born to hit.”

Toronto rookie Shaun Marcum (2-3, 5.22) has shown signs of improvement over his last three starts, going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA. He allowed two runs over five innings and struck out a career-high six batters while failing to receive a decision in a 4-3 win over Cleveland on Sept. 4.

The 24-year-old right-hander is making his first career start against the Mariners. He’s made two relief appearances against them this year, giving up one run and three hits over two innings.

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Starting Pitchers

S. Marcum Cle vs. G. Meche KC
3-4 Record 11-8
5.06 ERA 4.48
65 K 156
38 BB 84
1.60 WHIP 1.43


Tuesday, Sep 12