After dropping four games in a row at home, the Mariners have gone on the road and won four straight. They swept the Tigers in Detroit and have now taken game one in the series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Mariners won in exciting fashion Friday night, a 10 inning game that challenged the Mariners to overcome two, 2-run deficits late in the ball game. Thanks to home runs by Jesus Montero and Michael Saunders, the Mariners were able to make 7th, 9th, and 10th inning rallies.
Early in the ballgame the Mariners could not get anything going against Jays starter Ricky Romero. It wasn't until the sixth inning that the Mariners go their first hit. With a 3-1 lead headed into the seventh Montero homered to cut the Jays lead to one run. Romero was then able to record two outs but could not get out of the inning. Miguel Olivo and Casper Wells with back to back hits helped the Mariners tie the ball game and chase Romero.
The Blue Jays come back and regained their 2-run lead in the bottom half of the eighth off Seattle's reliever Tom Wilhelmson. Eric Thames hit a solo shot, then a single by Brett Lawrie eventually set up the sacrifice fly off the bat of J.P Arencibia. The Jays were taking a 5-3 lead into the ninth.
The Mariners down by two were not done though. Michael Saunders hit a solo shot to make it a one run game, then a costly error with two outs allowed Kyle Seager to reach base. That error set the stage for pinch-hitter John Jaso to deliver the game tying RBI single with two outs and a 2-2 count. Jaso now has six RBI's in only 13 at-bats.
Speaking of RBI's, Saunders picked up five of them in this game. After back-to-back-to-back singles by Justin Smoak, Montero, and Alex Liddi, Michael Saunders hit a go-ahead grand-slam off Jay's reliever Luis Perez in the top of the 10th inning to make it a 9-5 ballgame.
It would stay that way as the Brandon League made quick work of the Jays in the bottom half of the 10th to end the ballgame. The Canadian born Saunders said after the game that, he had been getting "razzed" by fans, most likely because he's a "west coast Canadian." But with a smile on his face he claimed it was the Mariners who got the last laugh in this one.
Kevin Millwood takes the mound for the M's tonight against former Mariner Brandon Morrow as the Mariners look to continue the streak.
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