July 19, 2011 in Sports

Mariners’ losing streak hits 10

Associated Press

Rajai Davis stole two bases before scoring on John McDonald’s sacrifice fly in the 14th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat visiting Seattle 6-5 Tuesday night, extending the Mariners’ losing streak to 10 games.

It is Seattle’s longest slide since a 12-game skid in 2008.

Davis hit a one-out single off Jamey Wright (2-3) in the 14th and stole second and third before scoring on McDonald’s fly to center.

Activated from the disabled list before the game, right-hander Casey Janssen (3-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

Greg Halman hit a three-run homer and Brendan Ryan added a solo shot for the Mariners, who held a players-only meeting on the field before batting practice, but couldn’t stop their recent slide.

Seattle came in hitting just .221, eight points lower than anyone else in baseball and 15 points worse than any other team in the AL. The Mariners had scored only two runs in their previous four games, and just 11 over the course of their nine-game skid, but turned that around against left-hander Brett Cecil.

Seattle opened the scoring in the first on Miguel Olivo’s RBI single. Toronto’s Adam Lind answered in the bottom half, hitting a two-run homer into the second deck in right, his 17th. The shot ended a 17-game drought for Lind, whose previous homer came June 27 at Detroit.

Seattle reclaimed the lead with a four-run second. Mike Carp doubled, Chone Figgins reached on a bunt single and Halman smacked a three-run drive to left, his second. The homer was the first for the Mariners since Josh Bard hit a solo shot July 5 at Oakland, and it ended a nine-game homerless streak.

One out later, Ryan hit a solo drive into the left-field bullpen, his first.

Seattle rookie right-hander Michael Pineda rebounded from Lind’s homer by setting down 12 of the next 13 but was chased in the seventh as the Blue Jays scored three times to tie it.

Aaron Hill led off with a double, snapping an 0-for-12 slump, and Corey Patterson drew a one-out walk before Yunel Escobar hit an RBI double.

Aaron Laffey came on to face Eric Thames, who hit a sacrifice fly. Jeff Gray replaced Laffey and gave up an RBI single to Jose Bautista.

Bautista returned to Toronto’s lineup as the designated hitter after missing the previous three games with a sore right ankle. The major league leader with 31 home runs, Bautista could return to third base Wednesday. Edwin Encarnacion started at third for the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Justin Smoak singled to begin the eighth against reliever Shawn Camp and was replaced by pinch-runner Jack Wilson. Franklin Gutierrez followed with a bunt and was safe at first on Camp’s throwing error before Mike Carp grounded into a double play, sending Wilson to third. Figgins followed with a walk but the rally fizzled when Camp picked Figgins off first base.

Escobar drew a two-out walk from Gray in the ninth and was replaced by Davis, who stole second and went to third on Olivo’s throwing error. Gray sent it to extra innings by getting Thames to ground out.

Pineda gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. Cecil allowed five runs and nine hits in seven innings.

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