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Blue Jays' Alvarez at last gets run support

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Henderson Alvarez pitched well enough to win before Sunday, his fifth start of the


The 22-year-old right-hander finally got it in a 7-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

After allowing one run, six hits and three walks in six innings, he is 1-2 with a 3.62

earned-run average.

In his previous four starts, Alvarez received only an average of 2.75 runs in support.

That changed on Sunday although it took a home run in the bottom of the sixth by Edwin

Encarnacion to give him a 2-1 lead. The Blue Jays tacked on five in the eighth.

"My job is to just go out, pitch well and keep my club in the game," Alvarez said when

asked about the run support. "If we score runs, that's a plus and good for the club, but

if we don't, I still have to continue to pitch well."

The only run he allowed Sunday was a home run by Chone Figgins to lead off the game.

It was the sixth homer he has given up this season. The three walks were a career high

after 15 starts in the majors. He had twice walked two batters in a start, both against

Tampa Bay, once this season.

"He's able to throw that sinker," said Jeff Mathis, who was behind the plate on

Sunday. "He's got a lot of movement on the ball."

"Henderson doesn't fear contact," manager John Farrell said. "Even when Figgins leads

off the game with a home run, he doesn't change his game plan, he doesn't go away from

hitters. He's going to pitch to contact and that was the case.

"He kept his composure and didn't build an inning by pitching out of the strike zone

or issuing a walk in combination with a base hit. He has been very consistent for us."

And now he has a win to show for it.
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