TORONTO – Ichiro Suzuki has been a Gold Glove outfielder every season since joining Seattle in 2001. That’s why a play he didn’t make was all everyone was talking about after the Mariners’ sixth consecutive loss.
Joe Inglett lined a two-run single off the right fielder’s glove with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 victory Friday night.
“Normally you expect (Suzuki) to catch that ball,” Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. “Thankfully, he didn’t.”
Suzuki felt he should have had Inglett’s two-out drive.
“I have to catch it, because it touched my glove,” Suzuki said through a translator.
Seattle took a 4-3 lead on Jeremy Reed’s RBI single in the top of the 10th, but Mark Lowe (1-4) couldn’t nail down the win.
Gregg Zaun led off the bottom half with a single to center and was safe at second when Lowe threw high on John McDonald’s sacrifice. Zaun was forced out at third on Scott Rolen’s bunt and Adam Lind flied out, but Brad Wilkerson walked to load the bases before Inglett jumped on a first pitch changeup and lined the game-winner to right.
“It was a good pitch,” Lowe said. “It looked like he was kind of sitting on it. Either way, I thought for sure it was an out. The way Ichiro was going back on it, it looked like he was going to have it.”
Seattle dropped to 1-6 since the All-Star break, but manager Jim Riggleman didn’t fault Ichiro for coming up short.
“(Inglett) hit the heck out of it,” Riggleman said. “It’s just a tough play. If it’s a fly ball, you’re on it, but when it’s a line drive with top spin on it, it’s a tougher play. (Suzuki) gave it everything he had and just didn’t catch it.”
Suzuki, who has a combined 2,995 hits between the major leagues and the Japanese League, went 0 for 5 with a strikeout. Suzuki has 1,717 hits for Seattle.
Jesse Carlson (3-1) earned the win despite allowing the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th.
The Mariners have lost 12 of 15 overall, while Toronto (52-51) moved back above .500 for the first time since June 13, when they were 35-34.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead on Kenji Johjima’s RBI double in the second, but Matt Stairs tied the game in the bottom half with a solo homer.
The Mariners went back in front with a two-run third against Toronto starter John Parrish. Willie Bloomquist singled and scored on Adrian Beltre’s two-out double, and Jose Lopez followed with a run-scoring single.
Toronto cut it to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning when Lind doubled and scored on Inglett’s RBI grounder.
Cesar Jiminez replaced starter Miguel Batista after Lyle Overbay walked with one out in the sixth. He struck out Rod Barajas but gave up a double to Stairs. Roy Corcoran came on and struck out Rolen.
Toronto tied it at 3 in the eighth against J.J. Putz. Overbay doubled, went to third on Barajas’ single and scored on a base hit by Stairs.
Batista allowed two runs and five hits in 51/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Parrish gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.
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