Mariners 9, Blue Jays 5(10)

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 27, 2012
Michael Saunders hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the 10th inning, and the Seattle Mariners rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Friday night, extending their winning streak to a season-high four games. Saunders started a two-run rally in the ninth with a shot to center, then hit the tiebreaking homer to right off Luis Perez (2-1) in the 10th for his third homer of the season. It was Saunders' first multihomer game of the year and his fourth multi-hit game in the past five. Charlie Furbush (2-1) got two outs for the win and Jesus Montero also homered for the Mariners, who had lost eight of their past nine games in Toronto. Edwin Encarnacion and Eric Thames hit solo homers for the Blue Jays, undone by three errors as their losing streak reached four games. Trailing 5-3 to begin the ninth, the Mariners cut it to one when Saunders connected off Francisco Cordero. Clinging to the lead, Toronto was twice let down by its defense. Pinch-hitter Kyle Seager reached on a throwing error by Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie, and pinch runner Munenori Kawasaki went to third on catcher J.P. Arencibia's errant pickoff throw that ended up in right field. Dustin Ackley was intentionally walked to bring up pinch hitter John Jaso, who tied it with a single that dropped just in front of a diving Colby Rasmus in center. With Toronto slow to react to the loose ball, Ackley tried to score from first but was thrown out at the plate. The blown save, Toronto's fifth in nine chances this season, canceled a two-run Blue Jays rally in the eighth. Thames broke a 3-3 tie with a homer to center, his second. Lawrie singled and went to third on a throwing error by pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen before scoring on Arencibia's sacrifice fly. Mariners starter Blake Beaven, who was on the losing end of Phil Humber's perfect game last week, saw Ricky Romero hold Seattle hitless through five innings in this one, although the visitors scraped out a run in the third thanks to a pair of walks and a fielding error by Lawrie. The Blue Jays, who scored just three total runs during this week's three-game sweep in Baltimore, got their offense started when Encarnacion drilled a leadoff homer into the center field restaurant in the second. It was his fifth of the season. Toronto took the lead with two in the fourth. Encarnacion hit a one-out double, Thames reached on an infield single and, after Brett Lawrie popped up, Rasmus drove in both runners with a double into the right field corner, putting Toronto up 3-1. Romero lost his no-hit bid when Ackley led off the sixth with a double to right, and coughed up the lead in the seventh. Montero began the inning with a homer that scraped over the wall in left, his third. Romero got two outs but couldn't finish the inning, giving up a single to eighth hitter Miguel Olivo and an RBI double to ninth hitter Casper Wells. Romero was replaced after walking Ackley, with Jason Frasor coming on to retire Brendan Ryan. Romero, who had won three straight starts coming in, allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out five. Beavan gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked none and struck out four. NOTES: Seattle manager Eric Wedge said OF Franklin Gutierrez, on the 15-day DL with a torn pectoral muscle, is also suffering from soreness in his heel. ... Blue Jays OF Travis Snider, currently at Triple-A Las Vegas, underwent an MRI Friday after he jammed his right wrist while diving for a catch Thursday and was forced to leave the game. ... Toronto announced plans for peanut-free seating at three home games this season. Seats are reserved for people who suffer from peanut and nut allergies.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jay Gruden gives out primo parking spots to hard-working players

Report: Colts' Jones suspended four games for PED use

Report: Royals have interest in Nick Markakis

Ezekiel Elliott domestic violence 911 call released

Manu Ginobili talks interest in 76ers before sticking with Spurs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Lakers reportedly have ‘unnamed trade target in mind

Report: Rodman a 'person of interest' in hit-and-run

Draymond Green reaches plea deal in assault case

Evander Kane arrested after turning himself in

Former NFL coach Dennis Green passes away

Michael Vick says he would only sign with contender

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

Orioles affiliate pay tribute to David Bowie on their jerseys

Report: Rangers pushing trade efforts for Sale

Russell Martin day-to-day after sauna-related mishap

Celtics reportedly unwilling to give up much for Jahlil Okafor

Report: Jay Bruce drawing trade interest

Vitale: Trump’s speech “filled with lies,” might write in Coach K

Report: Nationals ‘want in’ on Chapman sweepstakes

Hornets co-owner blasts NBA, city for taking away All-Star Game

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

Vikings installing massive horn in new stadium

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker