Mariners 13, Blue Jays 6
SEATTLE (AP)—Ichiro Suzuki was asked whether there’s any Japanese expression comparable to the American superstition that strange things happen when there’s a full moon.
“No, we don’t say that,” Suzuki said through a translator, looking puzzled.
He didn’t have to say it because his manager did.
Suzuki and Randy Winn each tripled and finished with three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored as the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 13-6 in a wild back-and-forth contest Wednesday night.
“It wasn’t one of the crisper-played games, even though there were no errors. I don’t know what to say about it. … You’re looking for a full moon out there,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said.
The Mariners were subdued afterward, even after a big night for the top of Seattle’s order. Bret Boone drove in three runs to boost his season total to 95—third-best in the American League.
Seattle had 17 hits, including 13 singles, and capitalized on 10 walks by five Toronto pitchers. The Mariners stretched their AL West lead over Oakland to four games after the Athletics lost at home to Boston.
“We swung the bats well,” Melvin said. “Not that it wasn’t good—it just wasn’t the greatest tempo for a game.
“Mateo came in and did what he’s done all year, and he got rewarded for it,” Melvin said.
Suzuki was as good as ever, scattering his singles and speeding around the bases for a sixth-inning triple.
“It’s almost as if he looks out there and sees where he wants to hit the ball based on where you’re playing,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. “It is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.”
Winn did exactly the same thing, spraying three singles and sprinting around the bases for his first-inning triple.
“You get those guys going around the bases, and they’re fun to watch,” Melvin said.
It was back-and-forth through the middle innings, but the Mariners went ahead for good at 9-6 by scoring four runs in the fifth off lefty Jason Kershner (0-2), the third Toronto pitcher.
Mariners closer Kazuhiro Sasaki, who came off the disabled list Tuesday after missing two months with cracked ribs, was cheered when he took the mound in the eighth and retired the side in order.
“I was just having fun,” Sasaki said through a translator. “When I left the bullpen to go to the mound, that’s when the cheers started and it hit me. I started to get nervous.”
Things looked great for Franklin after the Mariners gave him a 5-0 lead through three innings. But the Blue Jays opened the fourth with six straight hits, taking a 6-5 lead on a three-run homer to left by Reed Johnson.
The Mariners led 2-0 after Suzuki’s leadoff single and Winn’s triple to left-center. Boone grounded out, driving in Winn. Rey Sanchez made it 4-0 in the third, driving in two runs with a bases-loaded single. Suzuki added asacrifice fly to give the Mariners a 5-0 lead.
Mike Cameron, who made a great catch at the wall in the second, left as a precaution after hitting into a double play to end the fifth. McLemore left after the sixth. Both had strained groins and will be re-evaluated Thursday. … Bordick singled in the fourth, extending the longest current hitting streak in the AL to 20 games. It’s the longest run of Bordick’s career. … Toronto starter Corey Thurman pitched 2 1-3 innings, allowing six hits and four walks.It was his fourth career start.