08/07/2002 9:43 pm ET
| Blue Jays
Wilson's homer lifts M's past Jays
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
TORONTO -- Chris Woodward was the main attraction on Wednesday night, before Dan Wilson stole his thunder.
Seattle Mariners 5, Toronto Blue Jays 4|
|1-Ran for Cirillo in the 9th. 2-Ran for Martinez in the 9th.|
|2B: McLemore 2 (14, Loaiza, Loaiza), Wilson (12, Loaiza).|
HR: Martinez (8, 6th inning off Loaiza, 0 on, 0 out), Boone (19, 8th inning off Cassidy, 0 on, 1 out), Wilson (5, 10th inning off Prokopec, 0 on, 2 out).
RBI: Wilson 2 (36), Martinez 2 (31), Boone (75).
2-out RBI: Wilson 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Martinez 2, Cirillo, Olerud, Wilson.
Team LOB: 10.
|SB: Cameron (22, 2nd base off Cassidy/Huckaby).|
CS: Guillen (5, 2nd base by Prokopec/Huckaby).
|E: Guillen (12, throw).|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|1-Ran for Wilson in the 9th.|
|2B: Hudson (3, Pineiro), Wilson (8, Pineiro).|
HR: Woodward 3 (11, 5th inning off Pineiro, 0 on, 1 out; 7th inning off Pineiro, 0 on, 0 out; 9th inning off Sasaki, 0 on, 1 out), Wise (3, 7th inning off Pineiro, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Woodward 3 (24), Wise (8).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cruz, Wells 2, Hudson, Stewart.
Team LOB: 7.
|SB: Hinske (10, 2nd base off Sasaki/Wilson).|
|E: Woodward (8, fielding).|
Outfield assists: Cruz 2 (Cirillo at 3rd base, Suzuki at home).
DP: 2 (Wilson, Cruz-Huckaby).
|Sasaki (BS, 5) (W, 3-5)
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Cassidy (BS, 6)
|Prokopec (L, 2-9)
HBP: Wilson (by Sasaki), Cirillo (by Cassidy), Olerud (by Escobar).
Pitches-strikes: Pineiro 97-62, Rhodes 15-14, Sasaki 36-22, Loaiza 110-79, Heredia 5-3, Cassidy 30-19, Escobar 8-6, Prokopec 18-15.
Ground outs-fly outs: Pineiro 6-10, Rhodes 2-0, Sasaki 1-2, Loaiza 4-7, Heredia 1-0, Cassidy 2-2, Escobar 0-2, Prokopec 2-0.
Batters faced: Pineiro 28, Rhodes 4, Sasaki 9, Loaiza 29, Heredia 1, Cassidy 8, Escobar 3, Prokopec 4.
Umpires: HP: Jim Wolf. 1B: Mark Hirschbeck. 2B: Tim Timmons. 3B: Paul Schrieber.
Weather: 73 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to CF.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner
The unassuming Blue Jays shortstop swatted three homers, including a game-tying shot in the ninth inning off All-Star closer Kazuhiro Sasaki. Wilson, though, rendered all of it moot with a solo homer in the top of the 10th, giving the Mariners a 5-4 win and wasting the first multi-homer game of Woodward's career.
One night after an offensive extravaganza, Wednesday's game was all about economy. Starters Esteban Loaiza and Joel Pineiro both turned in effective performances, sullied only by a few isolated runs. Seven of the nine runs -- including all four of Toronto's -- crossed the plate on solo home runs. Two of them, from Dewayne Wise and Woodward, were of the back-to-back variety.
Loaiza was gone by that point, but he put the Toronto in excellent position to win. The right-hander pitched into the seventh inning and allowed 10 hits, but he came up with big outs when he needed them. Seattle's first two runs were both charged to Loaiza. One crossed the plate on an off-the-wall double by Wilson in the fourth inning. The other one, a solo homer by Edgar Martinez, came in the sixth.
At any rate, in the seventh, Loaiza left the game with two outs and a man on second base. Felix Heredia came in and faced one batter -- John Olerud, who he retired to send the home team into the bottom of the seventh trailing 2-1.
Pineiro, who otherwise pitched an excellent game, also pitched into the seventh. To that point in the game, he had only allowed one run. That was in the fifth, when Woodward cranked his first homer of the game and his ninth of the season. Protecting a one-run lead, Pineiro came out for the seventh and immediately served two gopher balls. Wise hit the first one, the third of his season and career. One pitch later, Woodward gave the Jays a 3-2 lead with a sprayed shot into the left-field seating section.
That advantage didn't last very long. Scott Cassidy, who started the eighth inning in relief of Heredia, got one out before disaster struck. The tying blow was a monstrous homer by Bret Boone. His shot, which easily cleared the left-field fence, traveled an estimated 395 feet and tied the score at 3-3.
Arthur Rhodes, who took the ball from Pineiro, pitched the eighth inning as well. He got three straight outs in that inning, the last one on a steaming line-drive that caromed off his chest. Rhodes reacted quickly, threw the ball to first and sprinted off the field.
In the ninth, the Mariners (70-44) used small ball to scratch out a run. Jeff Cirillo was hit by a pitch, then Luis Ugueto pinch-ran for him. Ichiro Suzuki followed that up with a single, then both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt. In that tight spot, Kelvim Escobar entered the game and proceeded to hit John Olerud with a pitch. That loaded the bases for Martinez, who singled to drive in the go-ahead run. After that, Jose Cruz Jr. helped keep the game close with a spectacular throw to the plate, nailing Suzuki as he tried to score on a flyout, to complete a double play and end the inning.
With Seattle nursing a one-run lead, Sasaki (3-5) came out to work the ninth. The All-Star retired Wise on a towering pop fly to right field, bringing Woodward to the plate. Reacting to the first pitch he saw, Woodward drove the ball over the left-field fence. Tom Wilson was hit by a pitch, and Josh Phelps pinch-ran for him. With two outs, Phelps advanced to second on a wild pitch. Shannon Stewart hit a sinking line drive, but Suzuki made a shoestring catch to send the game to extra innings.
Luke Prokopec (2-9) pitched the 10th inning, getting two outs before Wilson blasted a ball to the farthest reaches of the left-field side of the stadium. The estimated distance was 405 feet -- but more important, it broke Toronto's back. The Blue Jays (50-62) only got one hit off Sasaki in the final inning. Eric Hinske, who singled, briefly represented the tying run. Sasaki got Cruz to strike out, and Hinske stole second on the back end of that play. With two outs and the tying run on second, Vernon Wells grounded out to end the game.
The Mariners' Jamie Moyer (11-4, 2.79) and the Blue Jays' Chris Carpenter (4-3, 5.14) are scheduled to start Thursday's series finale.
Spencer Fordin, who covers the Blue Jays for MLB.com, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.