Johjima supplies offense as Pineiro finally wins for M's

SEATTLE (AP) -- Even without his best stuff and a pitch he
eventually stopped using, Joel Pineiro held down the best-hitting
team in baseball.

Pineiro labored through six innings for his first win in more
than a month, and Kenji Johjima homered and drove in four runs to
lead the Seattle Mariners past the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 Monday

"Those guys make you work," Pineiro said. "Having those runs
behind me early was huge."

Johjima hit a two-run single during Seattle's four-run second
and chased Casey Janssen (6-10) with a two-run homer in the fourth,
helping the Mariners win their third straight.

Johjima was simply trying to hit the ball in the air with Richie
Sexson on third base and one out in the fourth. The catcher got a
fastball on the inside corner and lofted a high fly into the
left-field seats for his 11th home run.

"I swung my bat and that ball came right to my bat," Johjima
said through a translator. "I tried to at least hit a sacrifice
fly and just end up hitting a home run."

Carl Everett had two hits, including an RBI single in the sixth
batting right-handed. Everett entered the game batting just .174
from the right side.

Toronto's Eric Hinske hit a pair of solo home runs, the only two
major mistakes Pineiro made. It was the sixth career two-homer game
for Hinske, and first this season.

Hinske's first homer came in the fourth on a hanging curveball
from Pineiro. He shelved the pitch after that, and relied on a
strong changeup and slider.

Troy Glaus added an RBI single in the third for Toronto. Lyle
Overbay and Reed Johnson each had two singles and a double as the
Blue Jays got 10 hits off Pineiro but managed only three runs
against him.

"He didn't have his good stuff," Mariners manager Mike
Hargrove said, "He battled and pitched well enough to get us
through six."

Pineiro (7-8) pitched his way out of trouble with key strikeouts
in the first two innings and a groundout in the fifth. He struck
out Glaus with a runner on second to end the first, then fanned
Aaron Hill to end the second with a runner on third.

In the fifth, Overbay and Glaus hit consecutive singles with one
out, but Pineiro struck out Gregg Zaun and got a grounder from
Bengie Molina to end the threat.

Pineiro finished with five strikeouts and won for the first time
since a 9-4 victory at Dodger Stadium on June 20.

George Sherrill and Emiliano Fruto combined for three scoreless
innings of relief to finish it.

"We hit the ball as hard as we have all year, but the bottom
line is we lost," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Janssen's trouble in the second started with walks to Raul
Ibanez and Sexson, both on 3-2 pitches. Everett floated a single to
right to load the bases and Johjima followed with a two-run single
to center.

Everett scored on a wild pitch to Yuniesky Betancourt, and
rookie Adam Jones capped the scoring with a single, scoring

"It seemed like it happened so fast," Janssen said. "You look
up and it's 4-0 and your back is against the wall. I put myself
into some trouble and couldn't make the big pitch to get out of

Janssen allowed six runs and five hits in 3 1-3 innings, losing
his fourth straight decision. After starting the year 5-3, the
rookie right-hander has won just once since June 7.

Game notes
Toronto's All-Star CF, Vernon Wells, was a late scratch
from the lineup after tweaking his back during batting practice.
Wells was coming off his sixth multihomer game Sunday against the
Yankees. After the game, Wells said he hopes to play Tuesday.
Johnson moved from right field to center. ... Blue Jays OF Alex
Rios went 1-for-3 with a single as the DH for Triple-A Syracuse in
a rehab assignment. ... Seattle 2B Jose Lopez returned to the team
after missing the last three games, but didn't play. Lopez traveled
to Venezuela for the birth of his son, Jose Lopez, Jr., and flew
back to Seattle on Monday morning. ... Betancourt had a 12-game
hitting streak snapped.