SEATTLE (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki was asked whether there's any
Japanese expression comparable to the American superstition that
strange things happen when there's a full moon.
"No, we don't say that," Suzuki said through a translator,
He didn't have to say it because his manager did.
Suzuki and Randy Winn each tripled and finished with three hits,
three RBI and three runs scored as the Seattle Mariners beat the
Toronto Blue Jays 13-6 in a wild back-and-forth contest Wednesday
"It wasn't one of the crisper-played games, even though there
were no errors. I don't know what to say about it. ... You're
looking for a full moon out there," Seattle manager Bob Melvin
The Mariners were subdued afterward, even after a big night for
the top of Seattle's order. Bret Boone drove in three runs to boost
his season total to 95 -- third-best in the American League.
Seattle had 17 hits, including 13 singles, and capitalized on 10
walks by five Toronto pitchers. The Mariners stretched their AL
West lead over Oakland to four games after the Athletics lost at
home to Boston.
"We swung the bats well," Melvin said. "Not that it wasn't
good -- it just wasn't the greatest tempo for a game.
Julio Mateo (3-0) got the victory after relieving starter Ryan
Franklin with two outs in the fourth. Mateo pitched 3 1-3 innings,
allowing one hit and striking out four.
"Mateo came in and did what he's done all year, and he got
rewarded for it," Melvin said.
Suzuki was as good as ever, scattering his singles and speeding
around the bases for a sixth-inning triple.
"It's almost as if he looks out there and sees where he wants
to hit the ball based on where you're playing," Toronto manager
Carlos Tosca said. "It is one of the most amazing things I've ever
Winn did exactly the same thing, spraying three singles and
sprinting around the bases for his first-inning triple.
"You get those guys going around the bases, and they're fun to
watch," Melvin said.
It was back-and-forth through the middle innings, but the
Mariners went ahead for good at 9-6 by scoring four runs in the
fifth off lefty Jason Kershner (0-2), the third Toronto pitcher.
Mariners closer Kazuhiro Sasaki, who came off the disabled list
Tuesday after missing two months with cracked ribs, was cheered
when he took the mound in the eighth and retired the side in order.
"I was just having fun," Sasaki said through a translator.
"When I left the bullpen to go to the mound, that's when the
cheers started and it hit me. I started to get nervous."
Things looked great for Franklin after the Mariners gave him a
5-0 lead through three innings. But the Blue Jays opened the fourth
with six straight hits, taking a 6-5 lead on a three-run homer to
left by Reed Johnson.
The Mariners led 2-0 after Suzuki's leadoff single and Winn's
triple to left-center. Boone grounded out, driving in Winn. Rey
Sanchez made it 4-0 in the third, driving in two runs with a
bases-loaded single. Suzuki added a sacrifice fly to give the
Mariners a 5-0 lead.
Mike Cameron, who made a great catch at the wall in the
second, left as a precaution after hitting into a double play to
end the fifth. McLemore left after the sixth. Both had strained
groins and will be re-evaluated Thursday. ... Bordick singled in
the fourth, extending the longest current hitting streak in the AL
to 20 games. It's the longest run of Bordick's career. ... Toronto
starter Corey Thurman pitched 2 1-3 innings, allowing six hits and
four walks. It was his fourth career start.