SEATTLE (AP) -- Since his tangle with manager John Gibbons, Ted
Lilly has been pitching pretty well.
Lilly got his career-high 13th win, allowing four hits in seven
innings to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Seattle Mariners 6-2
Monday night.Lilly (13-12), who won 12 games in 2003 with Oakland and in 2004
with Toronto, allowed two runs, struck out five and walked two."Teddy's been on a roll," Gibbons said. "If you look back.
he's been as steady as anyone."Lilly has won three of four starts since Aug. 21, when he and
Gibbons exchanged words on the mound, then confronted each other
between the dugout and clubhouse."It's easier for a manager to manage a game when a starting
pitcher goes out there and puts out quality starts," Lilly said.
"I'm certainly not satisfied with this. I still felt that at the
beginning of the year that I'd be further along and we'd certainly
be further along as a team."Eduardo Perez went 0-for-3 against Lilly."I was in awe my first three at-bats," he said. "I don't
think I saw a ball today, it was all strikes."Brandon League and Jeremy Accardo finished the five-hitter for
the Blue Jays (75-69), who closed within 1½ games of second-place
Boston (76-67) in the AL East.Jake Woods (4-3) gave up five runs, eight hits and three walks
in 5 1-3 innings. He has not pitched six innings in any of his five
major league starts.Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Vernon
Wells and Bengie Molina, then made it 5-0 in the fourth. Adam Lind,
batting .450 (9-for-20) since he came up from the minors on Aug.
23, hit a bloop run-scoring single, John McDonald brought in a run
with a squeeze bunt and Reed Johnson hit run-scoring single."We've always heard that the kid can hit," Gibbons said of
Lind. "He's one of those kids that was born to hit."Lilly threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the fifth, and Jose
Lopez had an RBI grounder. Wells had an RBI double in the seventh
off Emiliano Fruto.Fruto, who allowed just the Wells' hit in 2 2-3 innings, came on
with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and got McDonald to
ground into a double play on his first pitch.<
^Notes@: When Johnson was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, it
was his major-league leading 20th time. ... Mariners SS Yuniesky
Betancourt went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, ending a 10-game
hitting streak. ... Seattle 3B Adrian Beltre went 1-for-4 after
missing three straight games because of the birth of his son.
Beltre, who snapped an 0-for-22 slump, also barehanded a ball at
third to throw out Molina in the fourth. ... Molina just missed a
home run leading off the eighth. OF Raul Ibanez jumped against the
left-field wall and tore part of the covering off the fence with
his catch of Molina's drive. ... LHP Cesar Jimenez made his major
league debut, pitching a perfect ninth for Seattle.