TORONTO (AP)—Mark Hendrickson has beaten his favorite team twice in the past 10 days, yet he’ll be rooting for them come playoff time.
The AL West-leading Mariners opened a seven-game road trip by losing two of three at SkyDome. Seattle starts a four-game series at Boston on Friday night.
Hendrickson (8-9), who grew up in Mount Vernon, Wash., and played baseball and basketball at Washington State, allowed two runs on four hits.
“By far tonight, this was probably the most satisfying win I’ve ever had as a pro just because the amount of people that were watching back home,” Hendrickson said. “I grew up being a Mariner fan. I have the utmost respect for them. It’s nice to pitch well consistently two starts against them.”
The soft-tossing lefty also beat the Mariners in Seattle on Aug. 11.
“I knew a lot of people were going to be watching. I’m proud to be from my hometown, Mount Vernon. I’m proud to be a Coug,” he said. “I grew up watching the Mariners, and I know what the city has gone through with the new stadium, and the threat of the ballclub leaving. If we can’t be in the playoffs, I’m definitely rooting for Seattle just because it’s my hometown team.”
Seattle’s Bret Boone was surprised Hendrickson was such a fan.
“He beats us twice and he’s rooting for us?” Boone said.
Boone said Hendrickson only gave him two pitches to hit.
“I fouled those off and the rest were at the knees and away. He’s done a good job both times against us. I was impressed both times,” Boone said.
The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the bottom half and Carlos Delgado hit into what looked like it could be an inning-ending double play, but shortstop Rey Sanchez threw the ball wildly to first base for an error, allowing two runs to score.
Bobby Kielty went 3-for-5 for the Blue Jays, who won consecutive games at home for the first time since June 26-27 against Baltimore and Montreal.
Jamie Moyer (15-6) allowed five runs on nine hits and a season-high five walks in six innings.
Josh Phelps hit an RBI single in the second, and consecutive doubles by Delgado and Kielty gave Toronto a 2-0 lead in fourth.
The Blue Jays won a series at home for the first time since July 25-27 against Baltimore. … Delgado, the first baseman, robbed Sanchez of a hit with a diving stop of a hard grounder in the sixth. … The Blue Jays won a series at home against Seattle for the first time since Aug. 11-12, 1998. … Wilsonhas three home runs.