Blue Jays 10, Mariners 8

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TORONTO (AP)—Carlos Delgado’s three-run homer in the ninth inning rallied the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-8 victory over the struggling Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.

Toronto completed a three-game sweep of the Mariners, who have lost six straight, matching their longest losing streak of the season. Seattle has been swept six times this season.

Down 8-6 in the ninth, Dave Berg homered off Eddie Guardado (2-1) with one out. Chris Gomez followed with a single, but Orlando Hudson struck out for the second out. Reed Johnson singled before Delgado hit the first pitch into the second deck in right field.

Justin Speier (2-5) pitched the ninth for the win.

Seattle’s Edgar Martinez drove in two runs to become the career RBI leader among designated hitters (979), one more than Harold Baines.

Seattle’s Randy Winn hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth. Winn went 4-for-5 with four RBIs for the Mariners, who were down 6-5 before pinch-hitter Dave Hanson hit an RBI single and Winn homered off Vinnie Chulk (0-1).

Toronto’s Josh Phelps hit a three-run triple in the fifth, giving him 13 RBIs in three games. Phelps went 6-for-9 in the series, raising his average to .246.

Martinez’s RBI single and John Olerud’s sacrifice fly gave Seattle a 2-0 lead in the first, and Winn had a two-run double in the second.

Seattle starter Ryan Franklin hit Johnson with a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom half, scoring Phelps.

Toronto’s Alex Rios hit an RBI single in the third, cutting Seattle’s lead to 4-2.

Delgado, Eric Hinske and Rios singled in the fifth before Phelps’ triple into the gap in right-center field. Berg followed with a sacrifice fly, giving Toronto a 6-4 lead.

Martinez cut it to 6-5 with an RBI single off Bob File in the seventh.


After Phelps drove in a career-high seven RBIs on Wednesday, Toronto manager Carlos Tosca started Phelps against a right-hander. Phelps has been limited to facing left-handers for the past month because of his strugglesagainst righties.

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