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Hendrickson wins first start against Mariners

8/12/2003

SEATTLE (AP) -- Sports fans in Washington probably remember Mark
Hendrickson as a basketball player. He reminded them he's got a
decent pitching arm, too.

Vernon Wells hit a solo home run and Hendrickson held Seattle to
two runs over 6 2-3 innings as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the
Mariners 5-3 Monday night.

The 6-foot-8 Hendrickson grew up in Mount Vernon, Wash., and
played baseball and basketball at Washington State.

"A lot of people in the Northwest don't know me as a baseball
player outside of a couple of high school games," Hendrickson
said. "It was nice to come back and pitch well. Hopefully, a lot
of people in Mount Vernon are happy tonight."

For his first career start against the Mariners, Hendrickson
(7-8) estimated about 100 friends traveled south to Seattle. He
didn't disappoint them, holding the Mariners to two runs on nine
hits, striking out three and walking one.

"A lot of people up there do a great job of not bugging me for
tickets," Hendrickson said with a smile. "They get them on their
own."

Carlos Delgado hit a two-run single with the bases loaded as
Toronto scored four runs in the third inning to build a 5-1 lead.

Delgado improved to 8-for-13 (.615) with the bases loaded this
season. He has 112 RBI, tying him with Colorado's Preston Wilson
for the most in baseball.

After Rey Sanchez drove a liner that grazed Hendrickson's left
arm, Dan Reichert relieved and pitched 1 1-3 innings. Hendrickson's
arm should be OK.

"It hit me, fortunately, in a good spot," Hendrickson said.
"You're not really going to know for a couple of days when the
bruise really sets in, but right now it's just really sore."

Reichert was replaced by Jason Kershner after Randy Winn's
infield single to start the ninth. When Ray Sanchez's one-out
sacrifice fly made it 5-3, Aquilino Lopez came on and struck out
Bret Boone with runners at the corners for his fourth save in six
chances.

"We don't have a set closer right now," Toronto manager Carlos
Tosca said. "We try and match up as best you can, and Lopey's done
a real good job for us at getting big hitters out."

Seattle's Joel Pineiro (13-7) lost his second straight start
after going 8-0 in his previous nine. He threw six innings,
allowing five runs -- four earned -- on six hits with three
strikeouts and two walks.

Wells put Toronto ahead 1-0 in the first, lining a 375-foot shot
into the stands above the left-field scoreboard.

The Mariners tied it in the bottom of the inning. Ichiro Suzuki
hit a leadoff single to center, went to third on Boone's
ground-rule double, then scored on Edgar Martinez's sacrifice fly.

Martinez also had a solo homer in the sixth.

Toronto scored four runs off Pineiro in the third to take the
lead for good.

"Just the one inning, he struggled a little," Mariners manager
Bob Melvin said. "They strung some hits together."

Delgado's single to center drove in Frank Catalanotto and Eric
Hinske. Greg Myers's sacrifice fly added another run, and Winn was
charged with an error for dropping it. Chris Woodward's sacrifice
fly made it 5-1.

Seattle scored in the sixth on a one-out homer by Martinez. He
drove a pitch deep to left center, and when Wells leaped to make
the catch, the ball hit his glove and bounced over the wall.

Later that inning, the Mariners had the tying run at the plate
after two-out singles by Mike Cameron and Winn. Dan Wilson, though,
hit an easy comebacker to Hendrickson.

"We hit some balls good in situations where we could have
scored a run," Melvin said. "It just didn't seem like it was
meant to be."

Game notes
Boone was honored in a pregame ceremony to mark his 1,500th
career hit, which he collected Aug. 2 against the Chicago White
Sox. ... Toronto C Kevin Cash, called up from Triple-A Syracuse on
Sunday, went 0-for-4. ... Seattle RHP J.J. Putz relieved Pineiro to
make his major league debut, allowing one hit in 1 2-3 innings with
a walk and a strikeout. ... RHP Armando Benitez, traded from the
Yankees last week for Jeff Nelson, made his home debut with the
Mariners.