TORONTO (AP) -- Eric Hinske desperately needed a night like this.
Toronto's first baseman has been booed at home recently and
general manager J.P. Ricciardi said he wouldn't rule out sending
him to the minors.
Hinske responded with a season-high four RBI and the fifth
multihomer game of his career. His last was Aug. 15, 2003, at
Oakland. He's hitting .240 with nine home runs and 43 RBI.
"I'm going to enjoy the night, smile for once and just enjoy
it," said Hinske, who has been trying to block out the fans. "I
haven't been hitting the ball very well, so if I was fan I'd be
getting on me, too. I make some money so I need to perform."
The 2002 AL Rookie of the Year hit a two-run homer off Aaron
Sele (6-10) in the third, and his two-run shot off Matt Thornton in
the sixth gave Toronto a 12-9 lead after Seattle had gotten within
one run in the top of the inning.
Toronto manager John Gibbons said it was an important night for
"He needed, we needed," Gibbons said.
The Blue Jays had 17 hits, one more than Seattle.
"We did good tonight, man. We kept battling," Sexson said.
"At least we gave ourselves a chance."
Ted Lilly (8-9) won for the fifth time in his last seven starts
despite allowing five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The
29-year-old left-hander struck out four and walked three.
Miguel Batista pitched 1 2/3 innings for his 16th save.
Seattle's Pat Borders, the 1992 World Series MVP for Toronto,
received a loud ovation when he was introduced for his first
at-bat. The 42-year-old catcher went 2-for-3 with a walk.
"I've been playing a long time but I feel like I just
started," Borders said.
Beltre homered, Borders hit an RBI single and Ichiro Suzuki hit
a sacrifice fly to give Seattle a 3-0 lead in the second.
"You've got to be able to make your pitches and keep the ball
down," said Sele, who set a career-high with his fifth straight
Hinske hit his two-run homer into the fourth deck in right,
giving Toronto a 6-3 lead.
Winn homered off Lilly in the fifth.
Sexson's RBI single in the eighth off Batista made it 12-10.
3B Corey Koskie is expected to return to the Blue Jays next
Tuesday. Koskie went 1-for-3 in a rehab game at Triple-A Syracuse
on Tuesday. He is recovering from a broken right thumb and ligament
tear. ... The Blue Jays have won two of eight since ace Roy
Halladay broke a bone in his lower left leg. Halladay is expected
to miss four to six weeks. ... Sele has allowed 27 earned runs over
his last five starts.