SEATTLE – Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 35th home run, Colby Rasmus and Aaron Hill each drive in four runs and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied twice in a 13-7 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
The Blue Jays appeared on the way to an easy victory with a six-run first inning, highlighted by Rasmus’ three-run double. But by the third inning, the Mariners had tied it.
The Jays broke away again with a four-run fifth.
Bautista opened the fifth with a walk and Adam Lind singled, ending Jason Vargas’ night. Tom Wilhelmsen, who earned his first big-league win Monday, took over and walked Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases.
Wilhelmsen’s next pitch caromed off umpire’s Tim McClelland shin and into the Mariners dugout. Bautista walked home on the wild pitch.
Rasmus and Aaron Hill each added a sac-fly and J.P. Arencibia had a RBI single to build the lead to 10-6.
It’s the most RBIs for Rasmus since coming over in a July 27 trade with St. Louis.
Hill, who had a two-run home run in the first, matched his career high for RBIs.
Bautista’s two-run home run in the sixth was estimated at 438 feet.
Casper Wells hit his fourth home run in his fourth straight game, a two-run shot in the second. That matched Danny Tartabull for the Mariners’ rookie record. Tartabull hit his four straight April 12-15, 1986.
Trayvon Robinson had two hits, including a two-run single for the Mariners.
Nine Jays batters went to the plate in the six-run first, and Vargas came within a strike of getting out of the inning unscathed. With the bases loaded and two outs, he had a 2-2 count on Rasmus. Rasmus then drilled a cut fastball into the right-center gap to clear the bases.
Brett Lawrie, who had three hits, drove in Rasmus with a single to center. Hill followed with his sixth home run.
Vargas (7-11) settled down and made it four-plus innings, long enough to watch his team rebound to tie it.
The Mariners cut the lead in half in the second. After a leadoff walk to Mike Carp, Wells hit his blast into the left-field bullpen, his ninth.
Miguel Olivo followed with a home run over the left-center wall, the fourth time this season the Mariners have had back-to-back home runs and second time in two nights.
Eight batters went to the plate in the third as the Mariners scored three more. Robinson had his two-run single and Kyle Seager tied it with an RBI single.
Shortstop Yunel Escobar saved two runs with a diving stop of a Jack Wilson grounder. He threw him out, stranding runners at second and third.
Luis Perez (2-2), who took over for Brad Mills in the fourth, earned the victory. He matched his career high with four innings, allowing three hits, one run, two walks and striking out three.
Carp extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the third. He’s hitting .385 with four home runs and 18 RBIs during the streak. He entered the game with the most August RBIs in the majors with 17.
RHP Brandon Morrow (8-7, 4.55), traded to the Blue Jays two years ago, finally makes his first start against his former team at Safeco Field today. The Mariners will send out RHP Blake Beavan (3-3, 3.39).
A brave girl jumps from the rocks on the west side of Tubbs Hill as her two friends watch. (Don Sausser/Facebook photo)
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