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August 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Mariners go for seventh win in a row

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And the Mariners now have a 4-3 lead after John Jaso hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to Michael Saunders. Saunders had ripped a one-out double off the wall in right, then advanced to third on a groundout.
5:32 p.m.: Welcome to Seattle Eric Thames! The newly-acquired outfielder launched a towering, 411-foot shot over the center field wall with a runner on in the fifth to tie the game 3-3. Up to that point, Toronto starter Carlos Villanueva had handcuffed the Mariners on three singles.
The Blue Jays had taken a 3-1 lead in the top of the inning when David Cooper led off with a double, took third on an infield single by Rajai Davis, then scored on a long flyball to center by Jeff Mathis.
The Mariners got a run back in the bottom of the fourth to cut Toronto’s lead to 2-1. Dustin Ackley led off with a single to center, then took third on a Michael Saunders single past diving first baseman David Cooper. Jesus Montero then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to get the run home, but kill any further rally. A strikeout on John Jaso ended the inning.
7:58 p.m.: Toronto now leads 2-0 after Kelly Johnson got hold of a Blake Beavan pitch in the fourth and sent it deep over the wall in left-center. Carlos Villanueva has retired nine M’s in a row to start the game.
7:39 p.m.: Two innings in, the Blue Jays lead it 1-0 on a first inning home run by Colby Rasmus. Blake Beavan got an out on his first pitch of the game, then saw his second pitch, to Rasmus, belted in the not-so-cheap seats in right center. Beavan has retired eight in a row since.
Carlos Villanueva of the Blue Jays has put down all six batters he’s seen.


6:46 p.m.: Want to know the last time the Mariners won seven games in a row? Well, you’re going to hear it anyway, so look away if you’re not interested. The last time was June 23-July 1 of 2007 when the M’s won eight games in a row, then had Mike Hargrove step down as manager.
Talk about going out on top.
Hargrove actually announced he was stepping down before that eighth victory, then went out and saw his team win again.
The M’s have won six in a row heading into tonight’s clash. They are facing the hottest Toronto pitcher going as Carlos Villanueva takes the mound, having gone 6-0 with a 2.92 ERA since being called up from Class AAA. He’s no Aaron Laffey, so the M’s have their work cut out for them tonight.

Comments | Topics: Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero

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