Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 8/6)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 6
Seattle 12Final
Toronto 14
Game 2: Wednesday, August 7
Seattle 5Final
in 10
Toronto 4
Game 3: Thursday, August 8
Seattle 3Final
Toronto 1

Mariners 12

(69-44, 33-20 away)

Blue Jays 14

(50-61, 28-29 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 6, 2002

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: R. Halladay (14-4)

    L: J. Baldwin (7-8)

    S: K. Escobar (22)

    Jays build big lead, hold on to beat M's

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays didn't expect to eke out a win after scoring 14 runs.

    Orlando Hudson
    Hudson

    Rookie Orlando Hudson homered and had a career-high four hits as the Blue Jays built an 11-run lead, then hung on to beat the Seattle Mariners 14-12 Tuesday night.

    ''It was a nice cushion. Maybe we got a little lackadaisical,'' Toronto starter Roy Halladay said. ''Fortunately, we had enough runs to win.''

    Hudson went 4-for-4 with a walk and two RBI for the Blue Jays, who had a season-high 20 hits, their most since getting 20 at Minnesota on Aug. 13, 2000.

    Shannon Stewart and Eric Hinske each went 4-for-5, and Stewart and Hinske hit consecutive triples in a six-run sixth. Rookie Josh Phelps homered and had three RBI for the Blue Jays, who have won three straight and six of eight.

    ''The lead was just too big,'' Seattle manager Lou Piniella said.

    Ahead 7-2 in the sixth, the Blue Jays scored six runs off reliever Ryan Franklin on Phelps' RBI single, Hudson's run-scoring double, Stewart's two-run triple, Hinske's RBI triple and Jose Cruz Jr.'s run-scoring grounder.

    With the score 13-2 in the eighth, the Mariners got six runs on Jeff Cirillo's RBI single off reliever Mark Hendrickson, Mark McLemore's two-run double and John Olerud's three-run homer off Corey Thurman.

    Hendrickson, a former NBA player for the New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings from 1996 to 2000, made his major league debut and allowed five runs and three hits in one-third of an inning.

    ''We feel relieved,'' Hendrickson said. ''It's hard to be happy. You kind of think we lost the game because the way the last couple of innings went. It shouldn't have been that close.''

    Seattle scored four runs with two outs in the ninth on Charles Gipson's two-run single and Olerud's RBI single off Cliff Politte, and Edgar Martinez's run-scoring infield single off Kelvim Escobar. With two on, Escobar struck out pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra for his 22nd save in 28 chances.

    ''When momentum shifts like that it's tough to stop,'' Hinske said. ''They got a couple of runs, than a couple of more and all of a sudden it's 14-11.''

    Halladay (14-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings to win his fifth straight decision in seven starts since June 28.

    Seattle starter James Baldwin (7-8) gave up six runs, nine hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings.

    ''It was an awkward game,'' Baldwin said. ''I left a couple of balls up and they punished me.''

    Cruz hit an RBI single in the first, and Ken Huckaby hit a two-out RBI double in the second. Phelps homered off SkyDome's restaurant in center field for a 4-0 lead in the third.

    Stewart, Toronto's left fielder, allowed what looked to be a flyout by Olerud to drop for a double in the fourth. Martinez followed with a double just over the head of center fielder Vernon Wells.

    Olerud later scored on Carlos Guillen's RBI grounder, and Desi Relaford followed with an RBI single that cut Toronto's lead to 4-2.

    Baldwin allowed consecutive singles to Hinske and Cruz in the bottom half, then loaded the bases with a walk to Chris Woodward. Berg followed with a two-run single, chasing Baldwin.

    Hudson, who hit his first major league home run Monday, led off the fifth with his second, giving Toronto a 7-2 lead.

    Game notes


    Former Toronto manager Cito Gaston threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... The Blue Jays have won just 10 of their last 35 games against Seattle. ... Franklin allowed seven runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. ... Stewart has 19 four-hit games in his career.

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