May 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Game thread, Mariners at Blue Jays, May 4. Mariners win 8-1.
BLUE JAYS NINTH – Lefty Oliver Perez puts his first two batters on but the Blue Jays leave them stranded as their new runless string stretches to two innings. Mariners win 8-1.
MARINERS NINTH – Mariners lead 8-1. Robert Andino singles with two out against left-hander Brett Cecil. Saunders doubles, giving him three RBIs. His first two hits of the game were solo home runs.
BLUE JAYS EIGHTH – Yoervis Medina takes over from Hisashi Iwakuma who allowed five hits, three walks and one run while striking out five in seven innings (108 pitches, 74 strikes). And the Blue Jays start working on another streak of runless innings. It stands at one after the 1-2-3 eighth.
BLUE JAYS SEVENTH – Mariners lead 7-1. The moment was not lost on the 35,754 fans at Rogers Centre when Rajai Davis tagged up and scored on a fly out to center by former Mariner Munenori Kawasaki. Davis who walked and moved to third on a double by Henry Blanco snapped a string of 23 innings without a run by the Blue Jays when he touched home plate. The crowd erupted. There might have been a little sarcasm there, just a touch.
MARINERS SIXTH – The lead stretches to 7-0. Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus makes an ill-advised dive on a hit by Raul Ibanez and comes up with nothing as the ball bounces past him for a triple. Kelly Shoppach doubles down the left-field line.
MARINERS FIFTH – Mariners lead 6-0. Saunders hits his second homer of the game and fourth of the season with one out. It is his first multi-homer game of the season and the fourth of his career. The fans at Rogers Centre are getting restless.
MARINERS FOURTH – Mariners lead 5-0. Dustin Ackley hits his first career grand slam with two out, his first home run of the season. Dickey walks two with two out to set up Ackley’s big hit that came with a full count.
MARINERS’ FIRST – Mariners lead 1-0. Michael Saunders of Victoria, B.C., leads off the game with a homer to right field. It is his third home run of the season and his second home run to lead off a game in his career. His other leadoff homer was April 29 this year against the Baltimore Orioles in his first plate appearance since coming off the disabled list. Knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey retired the next three batters.
BLUE JAYS FIRST – Hisashi Iwakuma struck out Colby Rasmus and Rajai Davis with the bases loaded after second baseman Dustin Ackley lost Edwin Encarnacion’s pop fly in the sun and it dropped for a single.