TORONTO (AP) -- Gil Meche started and won Seattle's last two
Meche won his fifth straight decision and Adrian Beltre drove in
two runs to lead the Mariners to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto
Blue Jays on Friday night.
Meche (9-4) beat the Detroit Tigers on Sunday -- the last game
before the All-Star break -- and Toronto on Friday night -- the first
game after it.
"I don't know if I could pitch tomorrow," Meche joked. "I
kind of hit a wall today. I got a little tired. I think everybody
noticed it. It was one of the days I didn't mind coming out after
The only other Mariner to ever make consecutive starts was
Freddy Garcia, who started on Sept. 10, 2001, and then on Sept 18,
after baseball's break because of the 9/11 attacks.
Meche allowed three runs and six hits, while striking out five
and walking one in six innings. Greg Zaun and Vernon Wells hit
consecutive homers off him in the sixth.
"The All-Star break came at a good time. We were able to
shuffle our rotation and go with the hot hand," Seattle manager
Mike Hargrove said. "Last outing we let him go 120 pitches. That
outing definitely affected this one. When he hit a wall it was
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his for his 17th save in 19
Adam Jones went 0-for-3 with a walk in his major league debut.
The 20-year-old outfielder was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before
the game. He was the Mariners' minor league player of the year in
Wells hit his 22nd homer for the Blue Jays, who have lost six of
nine. General manager J.P. Ricciardi ripped his team for lackluster
play just before the All-Star break.
"That was ugly," Wells said of the game, which included two
Ichiro Suzuki, Beltre and Jose Lopez led off the game with three
straight singles off Casey Janssen (7-8), then Raul Ibanez hit an
RBI grounder. Shortstop Aaron Hill's throwing error to second
allowed Beltre to score Seattle's second run and Carl Everett
followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0.
"Gosh, I wish I could change that," Hill said of the error
which should have been a double play.
Janssen, who has lost five of his last six decisions, allowed
three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in four innings.
Janssen was surprised he was given an early hook.
"I was battling. I put up some zeros and then I was out,"
Janssen said. "It's frustrating. I don't think I was totally in a
groove but I was putting up zeros."
Zaun and Wells homered in the sixth, the eighth time his season
Toronto has hit back-to-back homers.
Toronto RF Alex Rios will miss at least another 10 days
because of an infection in his lower left leg, the team said. Rios
hasn't played since fouling a ball off his leg on June 27. ... To
make room for Jones on the 40-man roster, Seattle asked waivers on
RHP Jeff Harris for the purpose of giving him his unconditional