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Brandon Morrow's 12 K's lead Blue Jays past Mariners

SEATTLE -- Brandon Morrow is a different pitcher than he was
two years ago when the Seattle Mariners gave up on him and shipped
him to the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade.

He proved that Wednesday night, holding his former team to three
hits and one run over six innings in the Blue Jays' 5-1 victory.

Morrow was supported by home runs from Edwin Encarnacion to open
the second, Adam Lind had a three-run shot in the third and Colby
Rasmus
led off the fourth with his second. The three home runs gave
the Jays eight for the three-game series.

Morrow (9-7), who didn't allow a hit until there were two outs
in the fourth, struck out a season-high 12. It's the fourth time
this season he has fanned 10 or more.

"I've changed a lot in two years, not my pitching style
necessarily," Morrow said, "but my ability to do what I want with
the ball has improved. And my ability to stay in the zone and my
ability to stay in the game."

This marked the first time Morrow had faced his former team in
Seattle, which selected him in the first round of the 2006 draft.
He was traded before the 2010 season for now Mariners closer
Brandon League. He did not pitch in the Jays' visit last season.

"I don't think I necessarily pitched up to my ability when I
was here," he said. "I've improved. I enjoyed my time here. It
was sad to leave but it ended up to be a good move for both
sides."

One pitch Morrow regrets throwing was a 97 mph fastball that hit
Casper Wells in the face in the sixth inning. Wells, who had his
streak of four home runs in four straight games ended, turned his
head as the ball approached and was fortunate that it tagged the
tip of his nose. Blood poured out as the trainer escorted him off
the field. X-rays were negative.

"I couldn't tell live where it hit him and the way he reacted I
was worried about him," Morrow said. "I'm glad he's all right."

Wells, with cotton balls stuffed up his nostrils after the game,
said, "I have a headache. My nose feels humungous but I think I'll
be all right."

Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Wells and the club "dodged a
bullet."

"He should be OK. It hit him in the nose, so it was fortunate
it wasn't broken," he said. "Anytime you get up there, it's
scary."

Jesse Litsch, Casey Janssen and Frank Francisco each worked a
hitless inning of relief.

Encarnacion hit a 1-2 pitch from Blake Beavan (3-4) for his 12th
home run. Over his last 19 games, he's hitting .386.

Lind, also down in the count at 0-2, connected on his 22nd for a
4-0 lead after three. He has three home runs and 10 RBIs over his
last eight games.

Beavan went just five innings, throwing 98 pitches. He allowed
five runs on six hits. In his last two starts, he has allowed 11
runs and 17 hits in 11 1/3 innings.

"The way Brandon came through from the first pitch, he was
extremely powerful," Jays manager John Farrell said. "He had his
full assortment of pitches. Just an explosive fastball. To think
where he's come from in two year's time. He has settled into a role
here. He was overpowering for his six innings tonight."

Morrow acknowledged that there was "some extra incentive, some
extra little adrenaline" pitching against his old team. He also
was helped by the early lead, allowing him to be more aggressive.

"He had four pitches working," Wedge said. "He had a live
fastball. It was jumping on us a bit. They made him work a little
bit. That's probably why the ball got away from him late. He was
wearing down a little bit."

Morrow held the Mariners hitless until two outs in the fourth
when Mike Carp roped a clean single to right. Carp has been a tough
out since he arrived from Triple-A July 19. The single extended his
hitting streak to 17 games. He is hitting .379 with four home runs
and 18 RBIs during the streak.

Carp also has reached base safely in 26 straight games.

The Mariners finally reached Morrow in the sixth. With one out,
Ichiro Suzuki beat out an infield single. He moved to second on a
wild pitch and came home on Franklin Gutierrez's double off the
left-center wall.

The threat continued as Ackley walked. With two outs, Wells was
hit by a pitch to load the bases. Adam Kennedy replaced him. Morrow
then struck out Trayvon Robinson, looking, for his 12th.

Game notes
The Mariners finished off their July 30 trade with
Detroit with the acquisition of RHP Chance Ruffin. He was the
player to be named in the deal that sent RHP Doug Fister and RH
David Pauley to the Tigers for Wells, LHP Charlie Furbush and INF
Francisco Martinez. To make room on the roster, LHP Aaron Laffey
was designated for assignment. Ruffin, 22, a supplement draft pick
last June (48th overall), is the son of former big league pitcher
Bruce Ruffin. ... C Miguel Olivo, hit on the chin by a foul ball
Tuesday, did not start but was available to play for the Mariners
... Jays RHP Dustin McGowan, on a rehab assignment (shoulder
surgery) with Double-A New Hampshire, threw four scoreless innings
Tuesday, allowing just four hits with 57 pitches. "Next time out
we'll look to increase by an inning or an additional 10 pitches,"
Farrell said. "The velocity is still there, up to 97. Another very
encouraging and positive outing." ... The Jays play at Oakland
Thursday and LHP Ricky Romero (11-9, 2.87 ERA) takes the mound. He
has won four straight starts. ... the Mariners will travel to Tampa
on their off day Thursday and will play the Rays in a three-game
series beginning Friday. RHP Felix Hernandez (11-10, 3.38) leads it
off.