Morrow fans 12, Toronto takes series from SeattleAug 18, 2011 - 5:59 AM
Unfortunately for Seattle fans, Morrow (9-7) was pitching against the home team, fanning 12 in six innings of one-run ball to lead Toronto to a 5-1 win.
"The way Brandon came out, right from the first pitch of the outing tonight, he was extremely powerful," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "Just overpowering for the six innings tonight."
Adam Lind hit a three-run homer, while Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus added solo blasts for the Blue Jays, who have won four of five overall.
Blake Beavan (3-4) surrendered all three longballs in a five-inning start for Seattle, which had won three straight before dropping the final two meetings of this three-game set.
Encarnacion led off the second inning with his 12th home run of the season. Lind, with runners on the corners an inning later, muscled an 0-2 pitch the other way to give the visitors a 4-0 cushion.
Rasmus opened the fourth with a towering home run to right-center, his second with the club, and the rest was up to Morrow and the Jays bullpen.
Morrow, acquired in a trade with Seattle prior to the 2010 season, gave up only three hits, two coming in the sixth.
Ichiro Suzuki scored from second on Franklin Gutierrez's RBI double, and Morrow walked Dustin Ackley and hit Casper Wells with a pitch to load the bases. Wells nearly took the 97-m.p.h. fastball clean to the face, but luckily moved just enough for it to glance off his nose. Still, Wells stayed on the ground for several moments before exiting for good.
"Any time you get up there it's scary, but [Wells] dodged a bullet," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of the near catastrophe.
Morrow settled down after the scare and struck out Trayvon Robinson to end the sixth.
Jesse Litsch, Casey Janssen and Frank Francisco each hurled a scoreless inning of relief to seal the win.
Beavan allowed three singles other than the three homers...Mike Carp had one of Seattle's three hits, extending his hitting streak to 17 games...Wells, who had homered in four straight games coming in, had X-rays on his nose after the game, and the results came back negative.
- TORONTO: 5
Aug 18 12:56 AM
- Franklin Gutierrez double to center scored Ichiro Suzuki with one out. Runner on second and Dustin Ackley due up.
Blue Jays 5, Mariners 1 Bot 6, 1 OutAug 17 11:55 PM
- Colby Rasmus lead-off Home Run (2) to right. Brett Lawrie due up.
Blue Jays 5, Mariners 0 Top 4, 0 OutsAug 17 11:06 PM
- Adam Lind two-out, three-run Home Run (22) to left scored Jose Molina and Jose Bautista. Edwin Encarnacion due up.
Blue Jays 4, Mariners 0 Top 3, 2 OutsAug 17 10:49 PM
- Edwin Encarnacion lead-off Home Run (12) to left. Colby Rasmus due up.
Blue Jays 1, Mariners 0 Top 2, 0 OutsAug 17 10:27 PM
- TORONTO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 17 10:10 PM
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