Mariners 3, Blue Jays 1

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SEATTLE (AP)—Freddy Garcia snapped a career-worst six-game losing streak, outpitching Roy Halladay and leading the Seattle Mariners over the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 Tuesday night.

Edgar Martinez’s RBI double put Seattle ahead for good. Garcia (10-12) overcame a shaky start, winning for the first time in eight starts since beating Anaheim 6-4 on June 24.

He gave up four hits and five walks in 6 1-3 innings, striking out four. During his previous seven starts, Garcia was 0-6 with a 10.03 ERA.

Arthur Rhodes and Rafael Soriano combined for 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief, setting up Shigetoshi Hasegawa for his 11th save in 11 chances. He has not allowed a run in 26 innings since June 1.

Halladay (16-4) threw a six-hitter for his fourth complete game of the season but lost for the second time in three starts following a 15-game winning streak. He allowed two earned runs and two walks, striking out five.

Halladay pitched well—but a key miscue in the third inning, a key hit in the fourth and a lucky bounce in the seventh proved pivotal.

The right-hander, who leads the majors in innings pitched and is tied for the major league lead in wins, lost for only the second time in 23 starts.

Garcia threw 28 pitches, walked three and stranded two runners in the first, but allowed only Frank Catalanotto to score on a leadoff homer.

In the third, Garcia allowed two singles and a walk, and the Mariners got a reliever up in the bullpen. But a bases-loaded flyout by Bobby Kielty ended the threat.

Halladay issued his first base on balls in 24 innings when Randy Winn walked on four pitches with one out in the first inning.

The Mariners tied it with an unearned run in the third.

With one out and Rey Sanchez on first, Mark McLemore singled to right and both runners advanced a base on right fielder Kielty’s errant throw. Ichiro Suzuki drove in Sanchez with a groundout.

Mike Bordick’s fourth-inning single extended his career-high hitting streak to 19 games for Toronto, the longest active streak in the AL.

Martinez put Seattle up 2-1 in the fourth with an RBI double that scored Bret Boone from first.

Suzuki made an outstanding throw to thwart a Toronto rally in the seventh. With one out and pinch-hitter Reed Johnson on first, Eric Hinske singled to right off Rhodes.

Johnson attempted to go to third, but Suzuki’s throw on the fly nailed him for the second out.

Soriano got Vernon Wells on a popup to end the inning.

The assist was Suzuki’s 10th of the season, tying him with Texas’ Juan Gonzalez for the most among AL outfielders.

Seattle went up 3-1 in the seventh. Mike Cameron walked, stole second and scored when Ben Davis’ grounder hit first and took a wild bounce that eludedCarlos Delgado for an RBI single.


Catalanotto’s leadoff homer was the fourth of his career and first this season. … Halladay’s last walk came on July 23, when he walked two against the White Sox. … The Mariners have allowed at least one home run in each oftheir last nine games.

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