Mariners sweep Blue Jays, win seventh straightAug 2, 2012 - 5:42 AM
Dustin Ackley also knocked in a run for Seattle, which stretched its season- high win streak up to seven games.
It is the Mariners' longest win streak since an eight-game run from June 23- July 1, 2007.
Blake Beaven (7-6) allowed three runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings to earn the win. Tom Wilhelmsen worked a perfect ninth to record his 15th save of the year.
Carlos Villanueva (6-1) surrendered four runs on seven hits through six full frames for the Blue Jays, who have dropped four straight.
Colby Rasmus and Kelly Johnson each hit a solo home run in defeat.
Toronto jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning on Rasmus' one-out shot over the right-center field wall.
Neither team recorded a hit from there until Rasmus led off the fourth inning with a base hit to right field. He would quickly be erased on the next batter, though, when Edwin Encarnacion grounded into a double play.
Johnson followed with a blast into the seats in center field to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 advantage.
Seattle answered with a run in the home fourth when Ackley hit a leadoff single, advanced to third on a Michael Saunders base hit and crossed the plate on Jesus Montero's double-play grounder to second.
But Toronto got that run back in the fifth inning as David Cooper opened the frame with a double and later scored on a Jeff Mathis sacrifice fly to center field.
Thames, who the Mariners acquired from the Blue Jays on Monday, tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run homer to center field in the bottom of the fifth.
"One thing I love about this team is that everybody's young and everything matters. If a guy makes a double-play pitch or a good catch, everybody's all in the dugout giving high fives. It's great to be a part of," said Thames.
Mike Carp hit a two-out single prior to Thames' fourth home run of the year.
Seattle then went on top in the sixth as Saunders hit a one-out double and scored two batters later on Jaso's base hit up the middle.
After Toronto failed to capitalize on Rajai Davis' two-out double in the seventh, the Mariners added an insurance run in the bottom of the frame when Ackley followed Brendan Ryan's two-out ground-rule double with an RBI single to left.
"They bunched some hits together to manufacture runs. They are playing with a lot of confidence," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said about the Mariners.
Beaven and Lucas Luetge combined to toss a 1-2-3 eighth before Wilhelmsen shut the door in the ninth to preserve the win.
It was the Mariners' first series sweep of three games or more over Toronto since June 29-July 1, 2007...Beaven improved to 1-1 in three career starts against Toronto...Villanueva fell to 0-1 in five career appearances (one start) against Seattle...Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar went 0-for-4 to snap his season-high nine-game hit streak...The Mariners ended a 10-game homestand with an 8-2 record and are 14-6 since the All-Star break.
- TORONTO: 3
Aug 2 12:36 AM
- Dustin Ackley single to left scored Brendan Ryan with two out. Runner on first and Michael Saunders due up.
Blue Jays 3, Mariners 5 Bot 7, 2 OutsAug 2 12:05 AM
- John Jaso single to center scored Michael Saunders with two out. Runner on first and Kyle Seager due up.
Blue Jays 3, Mariners 4 Bot 6, 2 OutsAug 1 11:42 PM
- Eric Thames two-out, two-run Home Run (4) to center scored Mike Carp. Brendan Ryan due up.
Blue Jays 3, Mariners 3 Bot 5, 2 OutsAug 1 11:25 PM
- Jeff Mathis sacrifice fly to center scored David Cooper with one out. Runner on first and Anthony Gose due up.
Blue Jays 3, Mariners 1 Top 5, 1 OutAug 1 11:10 PM
- Jesus Montero grounded into a double play, second to short to first scored Dustin Ackley with two out. Michael Saunders out at second. None on and John Jaso due up.
Blue Jays 2, Mariners 1 Bot 4, 2 OutsAug 1 11:02 PM
- Kelly Johnson two-out, solo Home Run (12) to center. Yunel Escobar due up.
Blue Jays 2, Mariners 0 Top 4, 2 OutsAug 1 10:52 PM
- Colby Rasmus one-out, solo Home Run (19) to right center. Edwin Encarnacion due up.
Blue Jays 1, Mariners 0 Top 1, 1 OutAug 1 10:15 PM
- TORONTO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
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