American League Game Summary - Seattle at Toronto|
(Saturday, May 4th)
Final Score: Seattle 8, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Michael Saunders had his second career two-home
run performance at Rogers Centre, while Dustin Ackley smacked a grand slam as
the Seattle Mariners defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-1, Saturday in the
second of a three-game set.
Saunders, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, also hit two homers in
Toronto's home park on April 28 of last season and now has five along with 11
RBI in his last 10 games there dating back to Sept. 22, 2010. He added a run-
scoring double and finished with three RBI in the victory.
Hisashi Iwakuma (3-1) tossed seven solid innings of one-run, five-hit ball for
the Mariners, winners in six of their last seven games. Kelly Shoppach drove
in one run with a double.
R.A. Dickey (2-5) suffered his third straight defeat after being tagged for
seven runs and all three of Seattle's homers while striking out five over six
innings. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, have lost four straight and 10 of their
last 12 overall.
"We're kind of searching for a way to score runs, a way to pitch well," Dickey
said. "We're doing a lot of things poorly, myself included."
Munenori Kawasaki plated the Jays' only run with a sacrifice fly.
Dickey quickly ran into some trouble, as Saunders -- the game's first batter
-- deposited his 1-0 offering over the right-field wall to give the Mariners
an early 1-0 lead.
Ackley expanded Seattle's lead in the fourth with his first career grand slam.
With a runner on first and two down, Dickey issued consecutive walks to
Raul Ibanez and Shoppach to load the bases. Ackley then made the
knuckleballer pay with a shot to right-center for his first homer of the
season that gave Seattle a 5-0 advantage.
With one out in the fifth, Saunders poked his second homer of the day over the
right-field wall to make it 6-0. One inning later, Ibanez smacked a one-out
triple in the right-center gap and scored on Shoppach's double to left.
Kawasaki finally put the Jays on the board with a sacrifice fly to center in
the seventh that scored Rajai Davis.
Saunders rounded out the scoring -- and his stellar afternoon -- with a RBI
double in the ninth that plated Robert Andino.
"He just brings a lot of energy and intensity to the top of our lineup,"
Seattle manager Eric Wedge said of Saunders.
Toronto fell to 6-12 at home this season ... Dickey had only given up one
grand slam in his career, which came to the Blue Jays' Kevin Millar in 2009
while then with Minnesota. The righty already has three losses at home this
season after dropping a total of three home starts for the Mets last year ...
Saunders had the fourth multi-homer game of his career ... Iwakuma had
received just one run of support from the Mariners in his previous three
05/04 18:17:27 ET