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July 30, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Blue Jays, July 30: Mariners win, 4-1

Five wins in a row for the Mariners, as Lucas Luetge gets his first career save on a great defensive play by Brendan Ryan to end the game.
Josh Kinney coming in to work top of ninth. Iwakuma was brilliant: eight innings, Mariner rookie record 13 strikeouts, four hits, and one run on Davis’s leadoff homer.
JAYS SEVENTH: Iwakuma gets Davis for his 12th strikeout on his 101st pitch. He’s probably done. THat’s one off Felix’s season-high of 13 K’s for a Mariners pitcher on June 29 vs. Boston. Fantastic outing for Iwakuma, who gave up four hits and one run. 4-1 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: Another run for the Mariners on doubles by Brendan Ryan and Michael Saunders. 4-1 Mariners.
BLUE JAYS FIFTH: iwakuma survives a leadoff walk to Gose, but just barely. With one out, Rasmus hit a blast to center that looked like it might be a game-tying homer, but Saunders hauled it in at the wall. Then Montero gunned down Gose trying to steal second, unleashing a perfect throw. Iwakuma has eight K’s, a career high. 3-1 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: They go down 1-2-3 again, but it took a diving catch by Rasmus to rob Seager. 3-1 Mariners.
BLUE JAYS FOURTH: Two more strikeouts for Iwakuma, who now has seven, matching his career high on July 20 vs. Tampa Bay, in six innings. Jays had first and second, one out, but he fanned Johnson and got Mathis to ground out. 3-1 Mariners.
BLUE JAYS THIRD: Iwakuma has settled down nicely since Rajai Davis’s leadoff homer. He hasn’t allowed a hit since then, with five strikeouts. 3-1 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: Red-hot Mike Carp reached on a one-out single, then was given a free ride around the bases: second on wild pitch, third on passed ball, home on Brett Lawrie’s error on Brendan Ryan’s hard-hit ball. 3-1 Mariners.
BLUE JAYS SECOND: Iwakuma works out of a first-and-third, one-out jam of his own making (he threw wildly on a sacrifice attempt). On a grounder to third, Seager threw out Escobar at the plate, and Anthony Gose grounded out. 2-1 Mariners.
MARINERS FIRST: A bizarre inning, but the Mariners scored two to take the lead. With runners on first and third (Ackley double, Saunders bunt single), Saunders took off. Montero hit a bullet that might have been headed to center, or might have been speared by the second baseman covering on the steal for a double play. We’ll never know, because it struck 2B umpire Tony Randazzo, who never had a chance to move. Ackley scored, but was sent back, because it was ruled a dead ball. Randazzo appeared to be hurt initially, but he got up and stayed in the game. WIth the bases now loaded, Jaso grounded into a DP, Ackley scoring. And Seager singled home Saunders for his 37th two-out RBI. 2-1 Mariners.
BLUE JAYS FIRST: No question about it, this is a pro-Blue Jays crowd. The doubt was removed when Rajai Davis led off with a homer to left, and the roar was deafening, Iwakuma recovered to strike out the next two (including Brett Lawrie looking; the British Columbia native was very warmly received) and got out of the inning without further damage. 1-0 Jays
There’s an awful lot of Blue Jays blue in the stands tonight. I have a feeling it will sound a lot like a Toronto home game when the Jays do something good. Somewhat unusually, Eric Wedge starts both Carlos Peguero and John Jaso against Toronto lefty Ricky Romero — but lefties are hitting .291 againts Romero, compared to .255 for righties.

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