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April 27, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Mariners try to keep winning streak alive in Toronto

We’ve got a wild, 5-5 game going in the 10th inning after the Mariners fell behind by two in the eighth and tied it with a pair in the ninth.
They have no business still playing since the game should have been over on a routine pinch-hit grounder to third by Kyle Seager. But third baseman Brett Lawrie made a poor throw to first to keep the inning alive and pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki went all the way to third on an errant pickoff throw by Francisco Cordero.
Dustin Ackley was walked intentionally and then pinch-hitter John Jaso lined a single to center. Center fielder Colby Rasmus dove as the ball hit the ground, but he kept it in front of him the whole time. The tying run scored but then the M’s got way too greedy and tried to wave Ackley around from third as the Blue Jays struggled a bit in picking the ball back up.
Still they didn’t struggle that much. Ackley was a dead duck at the plate. Not even close.
So, here we are.
Toronto took a 5-3 lead in the eighth on a go-ahead solo homer by Eric Thames off Tom Wilhelmsen, who later helped Toronto to an insurance run with his own errant pickoff move that sent Lawrie from first to third. J.P. Arencibia got him home on a sac fly and the game looked pretty much over.
But a solo homer by Michael Saunders got the comeback started in the ninth. And as Lawrie showed, there’s a reason you play 27 outs. Can’t give anyone breathing room at the MLB level.
6:35 p.m.: We’ve got a great game going here, tied 3-3 in the eighth after a saving throw by Ichiro to end the bottom of the seventh. With two on and two out, Adam Lind hit a single to right off Lucas Luetge, but Ichiro came up throwing and nabbed J.P. Arencibia at the plate as he tried to score from second.
The Mariners tied it in the seventh when Jesus Montero hit a solo homer to get them within a run. Miguel Olivo then singled and scored all the way from first base on a double to right center by Casper Wells. Olivo is a godo baserunner. He’s having better luck in that department than fellow catcher Arencibia.

5:24 p.m.: Seattle trails 3-1 after four innings as Colby Rasmus hit a two-ou double to the right field corner to bring home a pair in the fourth. Edwin Encarnacion started the rally off with a double. Encarnacion and Rasmus have been a two-man wrecking crew against Blake Beavan, with four extra-base hits between them so far.
5:02 p.m.: The Mariners took advantage of a sudden loss of command by Ricky Romero and a bobble by third baseman Brett Lawrie to tie the game 1-1 in the third. Michael Saunders and Miguel Olivo drew walks to lead things off. There were runners at the corners with two out when Brendan Ryan hit a routine grounder to shortstop that Lawrie cut off, bobbled, then threw late to first base on.
Mariners manager John Farrell argued the call at first base, but to no avail.
4:04 p.m.: This game isn’t starting off for the Mariners like those prior three in Detroit. Edwin Encarnacion took Blake Beavan over the center field wall in the second inning for a 1-0 lead. It could have been worse, as Colby Rasmus hit a triple to right center with two out. But third baseman Alex Liddi made a diving stop of a hard grounder to his left and threw J.P. Arencibia out at first base to save a run.
4:04 p.m.: Fresh off their sweep of the Tigers, the Mariners try for their fourth win in a row tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays are reeling as well, having been swept in Baltimore last night in a series that saw them score only three runs in three games.
Sounds familliar.
Not lately, though. Not for the Mariners. We’ll see whether that continues.
The lineups:
2B Dustin Ackley
SS Brendan Ryan
RF Ichiro
1B Justin Smoak
DH Jesus Montero
3B Alex Liddi
CF Michael Saunders
C Miguel Olivo
LF Casper Wells
RHP Blake Beavan
SS Yunel Escobar
2B Kelly Johnson
RF Jose Bautista
1B Adam Lind
DH Edwin Encarnacion
LF Eric Thames
3B Brett Lawrie
CF Colby Rasmus
C J.P. Arencibia
LHP Ricky Romero

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