Woodward hit three home runs for Toronto, but Dan Wilson homered
in the 10th inning to lift the Seattle Mariners over the Blue Jays
5-4 Wednesday night.
"I'll remember it as the day I hit three home runs, but also as
the day we lost,'' said Woodward, who received three cigars after
the game. "It would have been a lot better had we won.''
In a game featuring seven homers, Woodward had the biggest night
Woodward, who started the day with eight home runs in 148
at-bats this season, had the first multihomer game of his career.
The Toronto shortstop homered in three straight at-bats,
including a tying shot off Seattle closer Kazuhiro Sasaki with one
out in the ninth.
After tying it at 1 off Joel Pineiro in the fifth inning, he
gave Toronto a 3-2 lead with a solo shot off Pineiro in the
seventh. He later tied it at 4 with his 11th home run.
Woodward became the first Toronto player to hit three home runs
since Carlos Delgado did it April 20, 2001 at Kansas City.
He said an error he committed in the third inning carried over
into his at-bats.
"It helped me in a positive way,'' Woodward said. "I was mad.
It got me focused more. It made me step it up a notch.''
Wilson homered off Luke Prokopec (2-9). Sasaki (3-5) pitched two
innings for the win.
"We were lucky to come away with a 'W' after he hit three home
runs,'' Wilson said.
Toronto closer Kelvim Escobar then hit John Olerud with a pitch
before Edgar Martinez hit an RBI single. Bret Boone followed with a
fly out to right fielder Jose Cruz Jr., who threw out a sliding
Suzuki at home.
Martinez homered off Esteban Loaiza in the sixth to make it 2-1,
but the Blue Jays hit consecutive home runs in the seventh.
Dewayne Wise tied it with his third homer run and Woodward hit
the first pitch he saw from Pineiro.
Boone hit his 19th homer off Cassidy in the eighth, tying it at
"It was a back and forth game,'' Wilson said.
Wilson's two-out RBI double in the fourth gave Seattle a 1-0
Woodward became the starting shortstop after Toronto
optioned Felipe Lopez to the minors on July 18. ... Delgado missed
his fourth straight game with a sore back. He missed Sunday's game,
ending a franchise-record streak of 432 consecutive games played.
Manager Carlos Tosca said Delgado might DH on Thursday depending on
how he feels. ... Toronto's Vernon Wells lined a ball off the chest
off reliever Arthur Rhodes for the last out of the eighth. Rhodes
managed to field the ball and make an off-balance throw for the
out. He then jogged to the clubhouse. .... Boone has hit in 24 of
his last 26 games since the All-Star break.