Why wait? Delgado walks off a winner

TORONTO (AP) -- Carlos Delgado didn't care that fans booed him
after he popped out with the bases loaded in the first and second
innings by swinging at the first pitch.

He wasn't about to change his approach.

Delgado hit a first-pitch fastball for a three-run homer in the
ninth inning to rally the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-8 victory over
the struggling Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.

"In the same game you're terrible and you're a hero," Delgado
said. "That's their opinion. They can do what they want.
Hopefully, we'll have more people in here either cheering or
booing. That's something. That would be nice."

A crowd of 16,188 saw Toronto complete a three-game sweep of the
Mariners, who have lost six straight, matching their longest losing
streak of the season. Seattle has been swept six times this season.

Down 8-6 in the ninth, Dave Berg hit the 13th pitch he saw for a
homer off Eddie Guardado (2-1) with one out. Chris Gomez followed
with a single, but Orlando Hudson struck out for the second out.
Reed Johnson singled before Delgado homered into the second deck in
right field.

"There's no use crying. Yeah, I made some outs, but you can't
quit. I got a chance in the ninth and I made it count," Delgado

Delgado, eligible for free agency this fall, was activated from
the disabled list Tuesday after missing 33 games with a strained
rib cage. He was second in AL MVP voting last year after hitting
.302 with 42 homers and a major league-leading 145 RBI.

"The first pitch he just crushed it," said reliever Vinnie
Chulk, who would have taken the loss. "I was like 'Ah, just

Justin Speier (2-5) pitched the ninth for the win.

Seattle's Edgar Martinez drove in two runs to become the career
RBI leader among designated hitters (979), one more than Harold

At 32-51, the Mariners are 19 games below .500 for the first
time since Aug. 6, 1994 (44-63).

"We've played terrible in the first half, as bad as we can
play," Seattle second baseman Bret Boone said. "The majority of
the guys in this room have won 300 games the last three years. I
don't know why it has gone this way, we just haven't done our

Seattle's Randy Winn hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the
eighth. Winn went 4-for-5 with four RBI for the Mariners, who were
down 6-5 before pinch-hitter Dave Hanson hit an RBI single and Winn
homered off Chulk.

Toronto's Josh Phelps hit a three-run triple in the fifth,
giving him 13 RBI in three games. Phelps went 6-for-9 in the
series, raising his average to .246.

Martinez's RBI single and John Olerud's sacrifice fly gave
Seattle a 2-0 lead in the first, and Winn had a two-run double in
the second.

Seattle starter Ryan Franklin hit Johnson with a pitch with the
bases loaded in the bottom half, scoring Phelps.

Toronto's Alex Rios hit an RBI single in the third, cutting
Seattle's lead to 4-2.

Delgado, Eric Hinske and Rios singled in the fifth before
Phelps' triple into the gap in right-center field. Berg followed
with a sacrifice fly, giving Toronto a 6-4 lead.

Martinez cut it to 6-5 with an RBI single off Bob File in the

Game notes
After Phelps drove in a career-high seven RBI on
Wednesday, Toronto manager Carlos Tosca started Phelps against a
right-hander. Phelps has been limited to facing left-handers for
the past month because of his struggles against righties.