Final in 11

Series: Game 3 of 3

Seattle won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, May 7
Toronto 4Final
Seattle 1
Game 2: Wednesday, May 8
Toronto 4Final
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Seattle 5
Game 3: Thursday, May 9
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Seattle 8

Blue Jays 7

(10-22, 6-10 away)

Mariners 8

(24-10, 10-8 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 9, 2002

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    TOR 00110104000 7 - -
    SEA 00021010301 8 - -

    W: R. Franklin (3-1)

    L: C. Thurman (0-1)

    Blue Jays issue 16 walks, helping Mariners win

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Carlos Delgado had two homers and four RBI. And the Toronto Blue Jays still lost.

    Some Blue Jays' losses are more painful than others, Delgado said after the Seattle Mariners took advantage of a team-record 16 walks for an 8-7 victory in 11 innings over Toronto on Thursday night.

    "It's a game we should have won," said Delgado, Toronto's $19.4 million first baseman. "We had a chance to get out of here with three victories. I'm not here for individual accomplishments. I'm here for wins."

    Rookie Corey Thurman, Toronto's seventh pitcher, walked six batters in 1 2/3 innings. His walk on a 3-2 pitch to Mike Cameron with the bases loaded and two out in the 11th forced in Mark McLemore with the winning run.

    Thurman was too careful and it cost him.

    "I didn't want to make any mistakes and give those guys a chance to do anything," Thurman said. "If I walk you, I walk you. You can't give in in that situation."

    In their longest game of the season, 4 hours and 50 minutes, the Mariners stranded 20 runners. That gave them 36 runners left on base in two nights.

    The Blue Jays' 16 walks set a team record. Their pitching staff has the worst ERA in the majors at 6.16.

    The Mariners won the game after coming back with three runs with two outs in the ninth. Ichiro Suzuki's RBI single off Kelvim Escobar tied the score at 7.

    "It was one of the best comebacks I've ever seen with that quality of closer on the mound," Seattle's Bret Boone said. "It's about as good as it gets."

    Although Delgado hit his eighth and ninth homers of the season and put Toronto ahead with a two-run double in the eighth, his throwing error at first base contributed to Seattle's ninth-inning comeback.

    With one out in the 11th, McLemore bunted a ball over Thurman's head that second baseman Joe Lawrence couldn't handle for an infield hit.

    Ruben Sierra's grounder moved McLemore to second before Thurman (0-1) walked Boone intentionally and issued a free pass to Charles Gipson, loading the bases.

    Delgado didn't mince words about Thurman's performance.

    "It goes to show you," he said. "When you walk people, they come around and haunt you. This is the bottom line. They teach you that in Little League. We have to be more aggressive pitching-wise to try to get the ball in play."

    Ryan Franklin (3-1) struck out the side in the 11th after pitching a scoreless 10th.

    "It was a long game, wasn't it?" Franklin said. "But I had a lot of adrenaline going once I got up out there and started throwing. It definitely got me pumped up when we scored those runs in the ninth."

    With a 4-3 lead, the Mariners' bullpen failed in the eighth on a day when closer Kazuhiro Sasaki went to Japan to attend to family business. Right-handed setup man Jeff Nelson is on the disabled list with bone chips in his elbow.

    Rhodes walked Eric Hinske with the bases loaded to force in a run, and Brian Lesher hit a sacrifice fly off Shigetoshi Hasegawa to make it 7-4.

    The Blue Jays slipped to a season-low 12 games under .500 at 10-22. They're 2-8-1 in series this season.

    "We had a chance to sweep this series," manager Buck Martinez said. "To only win one is disappointing."

    Game notes

    Desi Relaford started at third base in place of Jeff Cirillo, who came out of Wednesday's game with a bruised left triceps after he was hit by a pitch. ... Delgado has hit 25 of his 238 career homers against Seattle, his most against any team. ... Seattle C Ben Davis had his first AL stolen base. ... The Mariners stranded 42 runners in the series. ... The Mariners now have 13 come-from-behind wins this season and have an 8-1 record in games decided in their last at bat. ... Seattle set a club record with six stolen bases.

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