Mariners Losing Streak Hits Five Games

SportsAlex GonzalezMike SweeneyToronto Blue JaysKen Griffey Jr.Milton BradleyIchiro Suzuki

SEATTLE (AP) - Brett Cecil pitched into the seventh inning andKevin Gregg hung on for the save Wednesday night as the TorontoBlue Jays beat Seattle 3-2, sending the Mariners to their fifthstraight loss.

The Mariners put two runners on base with two outs in the ninth,but left fielder Fred Lewis ran down Mike Sweeney's long fly intothe alley to end it.

Milton Bradley returned to the Mariners and had his fourthtwo-hit game of the season. He was out for two weeks after askingthe team for counseling help to deal with personal and emotionalissues.

Cecil (3-2), a Triple-A starter to begin the season, featured a96 mph fastball while allowing two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3innings. He had lasted just two innings and giving up eight runsagainst Texas Friday.

Gregg retired pinch-hitter Ken Griffey Jr. on an infield popupand Ichiro Suzuki on a fly out before walking Chone Figgins in theninth. Franklin Gutierrez singled and Sweeney flied out, givingGregg his AL-leading 12th save in 13 chances.

Seattle's Doug Fister entered the night leading the AL with a1.72 ERA. Then in the first four innings Fister (3-2) allowed threeruns, as many as he had allowed in any of seven previous startsthis season.

Fister retired the last 14 batters he faced. But Toronto haddone enough damage by then to improve the majors' best record sinceApril 29 to 15-5.

Bradley thanked the team for its support for an ongoing process,and Seattle's fans for what he called an "overwhelming" amount ofencouraging mail and cards while he was gone on the restrictedlist.

A sampling - 19,208 - of those fans gave him a warm, briefovation when he first batted in the second and struck out swinging.Baseball's self-described bad guy had a broken-bat single in thefourth, then hit an infield single against Scott Downs to becomethe potential tying run with one out in the eighth.

Jose Bautista doubled, John Buck singled and Lewis hit asacrifice fly to make it 1-0 in the third. Then Fister threw 31 ofhis 108 pitches in his messy fourth.

Alex Gonzalez's single scored Adam Lind, who had doubled leadingoff. Fister walked Bautista to load the bases and hit Buck in theleft elbow with a 2-2 fastball. That forced in Lyle Overbay to makeit 3-0.

Suzuki, singled home Josh Bard in the seventh. That was Cecil'slast batter and Figgins, at .189 after three hitless at-bats,singled home Josh Wilson off Shawn Camp to bring Seattle within3-2.

NOTES: Toronto recalled former Mariners OF Jeremy Reed fromTriple-A Las Vegas, after the Blue Jays granted 1B Randy Ruiz hisrelease so he could sign with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles inJapan. Manager Cito Gaston said other, younger players in theminors were hitting better than Reed but didn't deserve to come upand play only sporadically like Reed likely will. ... Seattle sentRHP Sean White to Triple-A Tacoma to make roster room for Bradley'sreturn.

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