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April 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Blue Jays, April 13

It’s a final: Mariners lose 8-3 in three hours and 23 minutes. Bullpen gave up seven runs in final two innings.
MARINERS EIGHTH: M’s get one back on Brendan Ryan’s two-out RBI single. Do they have another miracle in them? 7-3 Blue Jays.
BLUE JAYS EIGHTH: Pretty much a disastrous inning for Ray. He gives up a single to Escobar, a bunt single by Corey Patterson…and a three-run homer by Jose Bautista, who hit 54 of them last year. Travis Snider fouled out, but Nix rocketed a double off the wall in left, and Encarnacion brought him home with a two-out double. Wedge then pulled Ray, who got a pretty good booing. Lueke takes over, and gives up a walk and two-run double by Molina. 7-2 Blue Jays.
MARINERS SEVENTH: M’s go down 1-2-3. They’re not making this easy on themselves. Chris Ray heads out to pitch eighth. 2-1 Mariners.
BLUE JAYS SEVENTH: Vargas gets first two outs, and Wedge pulls him after striking out McDonald on his 105th pitch. Jamey Wright comes in and strikes out Molina. M’s bullpen now has a streak of 17 scoreless innings, and counting. Line on Vargas: 6 2/3 ip, 5 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts. Great outing. 2-1 Mariners.
MARINERS SIXTH: Mariners take the lead on Justin Smoak’s leadoff homer — his first of the season. Smoak went opposite-field on a 3-2 pitch. M’s had a chance to get more on Langerhans walk, sacrifice and wild pitch, but Brendan Ryan fouled out,and after a Chris Gimenez walk, Ichiro struck out against reliever Mark Rzepczynski. 2-1 Mariners
BLUE JAYS SIXTH: Three ground outs to Brendan Ryan at short. He bobbles the first, but still has time to get slow-footed Juan Rivera. And on the third one, he makes a great back-handed play to gun down Arencibia. 1-1.
MARINERS FIFTH: A one-out single by Adam Kennedy (who has two of the Mariners’ five hits), but Bradley and Cust struck out. 1-1.
TORONTO FIFTH: Vargas gets out of a first-and-second, two-out jam on a great catch by Milton Bradley on Jose Bautista’s pop foul into the left-field corner. Bradley had to reach into the stands to make the grab. On the previous pitch, M’s thought they had Bautista struck out. Eric Wedge was screaming at first-base umpire Laz Diaz (who earlier in the inning called Corey Patterson safe on a close play at first). 1-1.
MARINER FOURTH: A two-out walk for Ryan, but Gimenez strikes out looking. With one out, Rodriguez hit a shot toward right that was snared by first baseman Edwin Encarnacion. 1-1.
TORONTO FOURTH: Vargas gives up a two-out walk to Arencibia but no further damage. It’s looking like vintage Vargas so far. 1-1.
MARINERS THIRD: M’s tie it up on Milton Bradley’s booming two-out double to left-center, scoring Ichiro from first. Ichiro, who reached on a fielder’s choice, was running on the 3-2 pitch by Drabek and scored easily. It was a much-needed clutch hit for the Mariners, who began the game hitting .198 (18-for-91) with runners in scoring position and are 0-for-2 in this one so far. Jack Cust followed with an infield single to put runners on the corners, but Smoak struck out. 1-1.
TORONTO THIRD: Jays get a run on back-to-back doubles with one out by Jose Molina and Yunel Escobar. The latter was a pop just fair down the right-field line that bounced into the stands for a ground-rule two-bagger. Vargas struck out Jose Bautista looking for the final out of the inning, the second time Bautista has fanned today. 1-0 Blue Jays
MARINERS SECOND: Langerhans leads off with a walk, and is promptly picked off first by Drabek, who then breezes through the inning. 0-0.
TORONTO SECOND: Vargas gives up a one-out single to Nix, but strikes out Arencibia and gets Encarnacion to fly out. 0-0.
SEATTLE FIRST: They get two aboard with one out when Kennedy singles and Bradley reaches on an error by third baseman Jayson Nix. But Cust flied out to left and Smoak grounded out weakly to the pitcher. 0-0.
TORONTO FIRST: A nice inning for Vargas, who was roughed up in the home opener. He got two ground outs and struck out Jose Bautista. 0-0
The Mariners go for a sweep. Look at it this way — they’ve played four series this year, and they’ve won two of them.

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