Phelps hits first career grand slam

SEATTLE (AP) -- Josh Phelps thought he hit a sacrifice fly. To
his surprise, the ball carried a little farther.

Phelps, who had only one hit his previous 14 at-bats, hit his
first career grand slam to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the
Seattle Mariners 5-3 Wednesday night.

"It was one of those where I was just fortunate to hit it at
the right time of the day," Phelps said. "When I first hit the
ball I thought, `Good, at least I'll get one run in.' But the ball
just kept carrying out there in right field."

It was another untimely bad pitch for Joel Pineiro (1-7), who
allowed a grand slam to Boston's David Ortiz in his previous start,
last Friday.

"I didn't want to go 3-0 on him, so I tried to go away and he
just got the good part of the bat on it," Pineiro said. "It's
been the same things all year. One inning I give up three or four
runs and it's all over."

Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca, who moved the slumping Phelps
down to the eighth spot in the batting order for only the second
time this season, was also stunned that Phelps' high fly reached
the seats in the second inning.

"It was nice for us to get an extra-base hit with the bases
loaded, which we haven't exactly been doing lately," Tosca said.
"When he first hit it, I didn't think it was going out."

Ted Lilly (4-2) won his fourth straight decision, allowing two
runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He had been 1-5 with a 6.31
ERA in 11 previous games against Seattle.

"I was trying to get as many outs out of him as I could,"
Tosca said. "We were really thin out there (in the bullpen)
tonight. He almost got through seven innings, and we needed that."

Kerry Ligtenberg pitched the ninth for his second save in three
chances, allowing an RBI single to pinch-hitter Dave Hansen.

Raul Ibanez, who leads the Mariners with 11 homers, strained his
right hamstring while beating out a bunt single in the second.

"He felt a pop when he was running down the line," Melvin
said. "I don't know for sure, but it sounds to me like it would be
a borderline miracle not to be a 15-day stint."

Pineiro gave up five runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings. He is
0-6 with a 5.20 ERA in eight starts since beating Texas on April

Toronto got its second straight road win after losing six in row
away from home. Seattle, which stranded eight runners in the first
five innings and 11 overall, has lost five of its last seven.

"We left more guys on out there," Mariners manager Bob Melvin
said. "They got the big hit with the bases loaded and it ended up
being the difference. Tonight we had quite a few more opportunities
than they did, but they capitalized on them and we didn't."

Toronto went ahead on Phelps' fifth homer, which followed
singles by Vernon Wells and Gregg Zaun, and a walk to Chris Gomez.

Howie Clark drove made it 5-0 with a squeeze bunt in the fourth
that followed Zaun's double and Gomez's groundout.

Dan Wilson hit an RBI single in the bottom half and Rich Aurilia
homered in the sixth.

Game notes
OF Hiram Bocachica played for Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday
afternoon, then was brought up by the Mariners to replace RHP Gil
Meche. On his drive up to Seattle after the Rainers' game,
Bocachica missed the exit to Safeco Field and arrived later than
planned. He pinch ran in the second for Ibanez ... Ichiro Suzuki
extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Wells was 5-for-10 in
the series with two homers and three steals. ... The Blue Jays won
their only series of the season in Seattle 2-1 -- their first
winning record at the Mariners since 1998.