American League Game Summary - Seattle at Toronto|
(Sunday, April 29th)
Final Score: Toronto 7, Seattle 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Henderson Alvarez tossed six-plus solid innings
and the Toronto Blue Jays downed the Seattle Mariners, 7-2, in the finale of a
three-game set at Rogers Centre.
Alvarez (1-2) allowed just one run on six hits and three walks while striking
out one. Evan Crawford, Casey Janssen and Francisco Cordero finished out the
game for the Blue Jays, who have won two straight after dropping four in a
Jeff Mathis cracked a two-run homer, Edwin Encarnacion added a solo shot and
Brett Lawrie contributed a two-run double. Kelly Johnson also added a run
batted in for the Jays.
"He did well," Mathis said of Alvarez's effort. "He threw his sinker and kept
it down in the zone and got a lot of ground ball outs and early outs."
Chone Figgins and Miguel Olivo homered for the Mariners, who lost the final
two games of this series after winning four consecutive games.
Jason Vargas (3-2) gave up two runs on four hits and three walks while fanning
four over six innings.
With the game tied, the Blue Jays took the lead for good in the sixth after
Encarnacion clubbed a changeup from Vargas just over the wall in left field to
make it 2-1.
Toronto broke the game open with five runs in the eighth. Jose Bautista
started the rally with a single up the middle, and after Adam Lind flied out,
Encarnacion was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up a base on a double steal
and pinch-hitter Rajai Davis, facing reliever Charlie Furbush, was
intentionally walked to load the bases.
Lawrie then brought home Bautista and Encarnacion with a double to left and
Davis was able to score on a throwing error by Olivo to make it 5-1. Mathis
then crushed his home run into the third deck in left field to make it a 7-1
contest two batters later.
Olivo hammered a hanging curveball from Cordero leading off the ninth.
Seattle opened the scoring in its first at-bat when Figgins led off the game
by taking a changeup from Alvarez over the wall in right field.
The Blue Jays tied it in the fifth when Colby Rasmus slapped a single up the
middle to start the inning, moved to second on a groundout by Yunel Escobar
and came around to score on a single to right by Johnson.
"We didn't play very well all night," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We
got opportunities to get runners in, couldn't do it. We weren't giving away
at-bats, but situationally, we weren't very good."
It was Figgins' ninth career leadoff home run and second this season...Alvarez
has given up four runs in the first inning this season...The Mariners
announced on Sunday that reliever George Sherrill will undergo Tommy John
surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow...Seattle
went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine men.
04/29 20:23:52 ET