Mariners Use the Long Ball to Defeat Blue Jays, 5-4

SportsBaseballSeattle MarinersToronto Blue JaysAdam LindMichael PinedaFranklin Gutierrez

On a night when Michael Pineda didn't have his best stuff, fellow Mariners rookies Mike Carp and Casper Wells got their teammate off the hook with a power display at Safeco Field.

Carp hit a pair of home runs and Wells smacked the go-ahead blast in the bottom of the eighth -- going back-to-back with Carp's second blast -- as Seattle rallied for a 6-5 victory over Toronto on Monday, the club's third straight win.

It took Carp a while to get his shot with the Mariners, but the 25-year-old is looking like a guy who'd like to stick around for a while after ripping his fifth and sixth home runs since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

Carp extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest active run in the Majors, and twice belted solo blasts against the Blue Jays.

His eighth-inning shot tied the game at 5 and Wells, acquired July 30 from the Tigers, followed with his fourth home run in his past five games at Safeco.

Carp hit an opposite-field blast in the fourth inning and became the 14th Mariners rookie to hit two home runs in the same game. He is batting .371 with six home runs and 26 RBIs since being recalled on July 19.

Pineda hasn't hit a lot of speed bumps this season, particularly in the safety of Safeco Field, but the rookie got roughed up in this one.

The 22-year-old Dominican gave up a career-high three home runs and walked four batters in a five-inning outing that tied for his shortest home start this season.

The youngster had surrendered just 13 home runs in his first 22 starts and had 45 walks with 137 strikeouts coming in.

But coming off a strong no-decision six days earlier at Texas, Pineda struggled really for the first time this year at Safeco, where he'd been 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA in nine starts.

Pineda gave up a two-run blast to Eric Thames, the second batter he faced, in the first inning and then another two-run shot to Adam Lind that hit the top of the right-field wall in the third.

Blue Jays rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie finished the fireworks against Pineda with a home run leading off the fourth, but that was all Toronto got. Seattle's bullpen closed the door with Dan Cortes, Tom Wilhelmsen and Brandon League shutting out the Jays for the final four frames.

The Mariners did some early damage of their own against Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez, a 21-year-old rookie making his second Major League start, as they scored four runs in his five innings of work.

Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez continued his August revival, extending his hitting streak to eight games with a first-inning double. Gutierrez is batting .433 (13-for-30) over that span, raising his average from .194 to .223.

Three Seattle runs followed in the second, courtesy of a Trayvon Robinson double, Jack Wilson single and Ichiro Suzuki sacrifice fly.

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