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Rios powers Jays past Mariners

Jul 26, 2008 - 10:24 PM TORONTO (Ticker) -- For one day, Alex Rios turned the power back on.

Rios homered twice and David Purcey picked up his first career win Saturday, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-3 victory over Seattle Mariners.

Experiencing a power outage this season, Rios enjoyed his first multi-homer game of the year with a pair of solo shots. He has just eight homers this season after hitting a career-high 24 in 2007.

"It's good to have a good day. It will give you a little more confidence," said Rios, who added a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to give the Blue Jays the final margin.

Making his third career start, Purcey (1-1) worked six effective innings, allowing three runs and seven hits. The 26-year-old lefthander walked one and struck out four.

Toronto scored in each of its first six innings en route to winning its fifth straight game.

Jose Lopez belted a two-run homer for the Mariners, whose losing streak reached seven games.

"The last two years I struggled a little bit in the second half," said Lopez, who is in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak. "This year, I don't think about it."

Rios opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, depositing a 2-0 pitch from R.A. Dickey (2-6) over the left field wall.

After Lopez doubled in a run in the top of the second, the Blue Jays went ahead for good in the bottom of the frame on Scott Rolen's sacrifice fly.

Joe Inglett, who had three hits, led off the third with a double and later scored on a wild pitch to extend Toronto's lead to 3-1. Inglett produced a run in the fourth with an RBI double, two batters after Brad Wilkerson had lofted a sacrifice fly.

"Right now with the mind-set we have we expect to win every time," Inglett said. "Like I said yesterday, just keep rolling and keep the momentum going."

Rios added to Dickey's miserable afternoon with his second homer to lead off the fifth.

After Lopez connected for his seventh homer with one out in the sixth, Inglett delivered a run-scoring single and Rios lofted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame.

Dickey was ripped for eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 forgettable innings. The knuckleballer also walked four and threw just 63 of 102 pitches for strikes before mercifully departing.

"I never had a clean inning, couldn't get into a real rhythm out there," Dickey said.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 10 1
    TORONTO 1 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 x 8 10 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SEA - R.A. DICKEY, ROY CORCORAN (6TH) AND JAMIE BURKE
    TOR - DAVID PURCEY, SCOTT DOWNS (7TH), BRANDON LEAGUE
    (8TH), JASON FRASOR (9TH) AND GREGG ZAUN

    HOME RUNS: SE

    Jul 26 3:35 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ALEX RIOS SCORED JOE INGLETT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D ECKSTEIN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3
    TORONTO 8 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.274, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Mariners 3, Blue Jays 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 26 2:55 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE INGLETT SCORED GREGG ZAUN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J INGLETT ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3
    TORONTO 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: D ECKSTEIN (.269, 0-FOR-2, SAC)

    Mariners 3, Blue Jays 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 26 2:47 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JOSE LOPEZ (7) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF DAVID PURCEY SCORED ADRIAN BELTRE.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3, TORONTO 6
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J VIDRO (.225, 0-FOR-2)

    Mariners 3, Blue Jays 6  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 26 2:34 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX RIOS (8) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF R.A. DICKEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1, TORONTO 6
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.274, 0-FOR-2)

    Mariners 1, Blue Jays 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 26 2:23 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOE INGLETT SCORED SCOTT ROLEN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J INGLETT ON SECOND, A LIND ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    TORONTO 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: D ECKSTEIN (.271, 0-FOR-1, SAC)

    Mariners 1, Blue Jays 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 26 2:13 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRAD WILKERSON SCORED MATT STAIRS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A LIND ON FIRST, S ROLEN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    TORONTO 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: G ZAUN (.242, 0-FOR-1)

    Mariners 1, Blue Jays 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 26 2:11 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY R.A. DICKEY ALLOWED JOE INGLETT TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    TORONTO 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.284, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Mariners 1, Blue Jays 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsJul 26 1:54 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY SCOTT ROLEN SCORED MATT STAIRS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    TORONTO 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A LIND (.312, 5 HR, 22 RBI)

    Mariners 1, Blue Jays 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 26 1:37 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSE LOPEZ SCORED ADRIAN BELTRE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J LOPEZ ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1
    TORONTO 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J VIDRO (.226, 6 HR, 43 RBI)

    Mariners 1, Blue Jays 1  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 26 1:27 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX RIOS (7) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    1ST OFF R.A. DICKEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0, TORONTO 1
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.275, 6 HR, 39 RBI)

    Mariners 0, Blue Jays 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 26 1:19 PM