SEATTLE (AP) -- Gregg Zaun is the first to admit his good fortune
in homering from both sides of the plate.
Zaun matched career highs with five RBI in a game and 11 home
runs in a season. He drew a walk to start the big burst in the
fourth and capped it with his third career slam -- and first
right-handed home run of the year.
"The right-handed one was complete luck," Zaun said. "I
wasn't even looking away, I was looking up with my eye over the
plate just trying to drive the ball into the outfield and get an
RBI. I caught one and hit it on the right spot."
It was Zaun's second multi-home run game and first from both
sides of the plate.
"It was just icing on top of icing on top of icing," Zaun
said. "It couldn't get any better for me."
John Hattig, who last month became the first player from Guam in
the major leagues, hit a three-run double for his first career
RBI. Hattig had several family members in attendance.
"They're my toughest critics," Hattig said. "I was pretty
nervous going there and playing in front of them. I'm not so
worried about 40,000, I'm more worried about 15 people."
"When he has been in, he has done a great job," Toronto
manager John Gibbons said. "It couldn't have happened in a better
place for him."
Toronto took two of three at Safeco Field and won a season
series at Seattle for the first time since May 2001. That's the
same season Ichiro Suzuki won AL MVP and Rookie of the Year during
Seattle's 116-win campaign.
"The key to shutting them down is keeping Ichiro off base,"
The Mariners were shut out for the 15th time, most in the
majors. That ties a club record (1978, 1983, 1990).
Burnett (8-7) allowed six hits in eight innings. He struck out a
season-high 11, walked two and hit a batter.
"Here lately, I've really found a nice rythym," he said.
"I've really found myself. I've just been A.J."
Burnett didn't allow a batter to reach third base until there
were two outs in the seventh.
"I've never seen him with the command that he had on his
breaking ball today," said Zaun, who started at catcher for Bengie
Molina. "He threw it for strikes when he needed to. He threw it
out of the zone when he wanted to. He threw it to arm side. He
threw it to the strike side."
Justin Speier finished the combined shutout.
Cha Seung Baek (3-1) allowed five runs on seven hits in 3 1/3
innings. This was the first time the Mariners lost in Baek's five
"He just lost his command," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove
said. "When he came out of the game, he told [pitching coach
Rafael] Chavez that he had a little tightness in his shoulder. His
command has been what has helped him since he got here."
Zaun's solo home run came in the second.
Hattig's line drive down the right-field line in the fourth
slowed when it reached the corner underneath the foul pole and
allowed Zaun, Adam Lind and Aaron Hill to score.
Johnson's bloop single chased Baek and scored Hattig to make it
5-0. Reliever Cesar Jimenez walked Frank Catalanotto and Vernon Wells to load the bases. On a 3-2 count, Jimenez walked Lyle Overbay to force home Johnson.
Two pitches later, Zaun, batting right-handed against the lefty
Jimenez, made it 10-0 with a ball that just cleared the right-field
The nine runs in the fourth matched a season-best for the Blue
Jays. It was the second time this year Seattle has allowed nine
"The only thing good about today is that it is over," Hargrove
said. "Plain and simple.".
RHP Travis Chick scattered four hits in three innings and
LHP Ryan Feierabend pitched two perfect innings in their
major-league debuts for Seattle. The Mariners have had 13
first-time players this season. ... Oswaldo Navarro's pinch-hit
single in the eighth for the Mariners was his first major-league
hit. ... Lind has a six-game hitting streak and had a career-high
three hits in his eighth major-league game. ... All-Star 2B Jose
Lopez was given the day off for Seattle. Willie Bloomquist started
in his place and went 1-for-3 with a walk.