TORONTO – Adam Lind had self-preservation on his mind as he rounded the bases after his game-ending solo drive in the 10th inning Saturday.
Lind’s second homer of the game gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 victory over the Mariners that included Seattle star Ichiro Suzuki’s first career ejection.
It was the second multihomer game of the season for Lind, who threw his helmet high in the air as he approached a crowd of teammates ready to greet him at home plate.
“I just threw my helmet so they wouldn’t hit me in the head,” Lind said. “I hit one earlier this year, a walk-off hit, and I left my helmet on and I had a headache the rest of the day so I decided I’d take the helmet off. Now I’ve got a broken rib.”
Jose Bautista also homered for the Blue Jays, who have homered in seven straight games and have 33 in September, tops in the majors.
Ichiro was thrown out by plate umpire Brian Runge for arguing a called third strike in the fifth, the first ejection of the season for the Mariners and the first of the All-Star outfielder’s career, including his years in Japan.
Lind hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth, and won it with a leadoff drive in the 10th off Shawn Kelley (5-4). Both homers were opposite-field shots to left.
“One was a line drive and one I just got up in the jet stream of the dome,” Lind said.
Winner Jason Frasor (7-3) pitched two innings.
Mike Sweeney put the Mariners in front with an RBI single in the fourth, and Seattle got two more in the fifth. Adam Moore hit an RBI double, went to third on a sacrifice and scored on Purcey’s wild pitch.
Held hitless by Ian Snell through the first four innings, Toronto got its first run in the bottom of the fifth. Lyle Overbay doubled to left and took third when Snell lost shortstop Matt Tuiasosopo’s soft toss back to the mound in the lights, with the ball rolling into foul territory beyond the first-base line.
“I was like ‘You’re going to get hit in the face and bust your nose or get a black eye or move out of the way,’ ” Snell said. “The first thing I did was move.”
Travis Snider followed with an RBI grounder, and Bautista led off the sixth with his eighth homer to get the Blue Jays within one.
Jays 5, Mariners 4 (10)
E—Snell (1), V.Wells (1). LOB—Seattle 10, Toronto 7. 2B—F.Gutierrez (21), Moore (1), A.Hill (36), Overbay (34), Snider (12). HR—J.Bautista (8), off Snell; Lind (31), off M.Lowe; Lind (32), off Kelley. RBIs—M.Sweeney (31), Hall (10), Moore (1), J.Bautista (29), Lind 3 (109), Snider (26). S—Jo.Wilson. SF—Hall. RLISP—Seattle 7 (M.Sweeney 2, Jo.Wilson 2, Hannahan, F.Gutierrez 2); Toronto 3 (Jo.McDonald 2, J.Bautista). RMU—Snider. GIDP—F.Gutierrez, Jo.Wilson. DP—Toronto 2 (A.Hill, Jo.McDonald, Overbay), (Jo.McDonald, A.Hill, Overbay).
|M.Lowe BS, 9-12||1||3||2||2||0||1||3.23|
|Kelley L, 5-4||1||1||1||1||0||0||4.63|
|Frasor W, 7-3||2||0||0||0||0||4||2.56|
IR-S—M.Lowe 2-0, Olson 1-0, Janssen 3-0. HBP—by League (Moore). WP—Purcey. T—3:11. A—29,783 (49,539).
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