Blue Jays 6, Mariners 2
SEATTLE (AP)—Since his tangle with manager John Gibbons, Ted Lilly has been pitching pretty well.
Lilly (13-12), who won 12 games in 2003 with Oakland and in 2004 with Toronto, allowed two runs, struck out five and walked two.
“Teddy’s been on a roll,” Gibbons said. “If you look back. he’s been as steady as anyone.”
Lilly has won three of four starts since Aug. 21, when he and Gibbons exchanged words on the mound, then confronted each other between the dugout and clubhouse.
“It’s easier for a manager to manage a game when a starting pitcher goes out there and puts out quality starts,” Lilly said. “I’m certainly not satisfied with this. I still felt that at the beginning of the year that I’d be further along and we’d certainly be further along as a team.”
Eduardo Perez went 0-for-3 against Lilly.
“I was in awe my first three at-bats,” he said. “I don’t think I saw a ball today, it was all strikes.”
Jake Woods (4-3) gave up five runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings. He has not pitched six innings in any of his five major league starts.
Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Vernon Wells and Bengie Molina, then made it 5-0 in the fourth. Adam Lind, batting .450 (9-for-20) since he came up from the minors on Aug. 23, hit a bloop run-scoring single, John McDonald brought in a run with a squeeze bunt and Reed Johnson hit run-scoring single.
“We’ve always heard that the kid can hit,” Gibbons said of Lind. “He’s one of those kids that was born to hit.”
Fruto, who allowed just the Wells’ hit in 2 2-3 innings, came on with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and got McDonald to ground into a double play on his first pitch.
: When Johnson was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, it was his major-league leading 20th time. … Mariners SS Yuniesky Betancourt went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, ending a 10-game hitting streak. … Seattle 3B Adrian Beltre went 1-for-4 after missing three straight games because of the birth of his son. Beltre, who snapped an 0-for-22 slump, also barehanded a ball at third to throw out Molina in the fourth. … Molina just missed a home run leading off the eighth. OF Raul Ibanez jumped against the left-field wall and tore part of the covering off the fence with his catch of Molina’s drive. … LHP Cesar Jimenez made his major league debut, pitching a perfect ninth for Seattle.