Cairo leads Mariners past Blue Jays

Miguel Cairo drove in three runs with two doubles to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Cairo, making just his second start at second base, drove in the game's first run with a two-out double in the third inning.


Dustin McGowan (6-7) walked Ichiro Suzuki then Cairo doubled off the wall in center. Raul Ibanez followed with a run-scoring single to center that just eluded second baseman Marco Scutaro.

The Blue Jays tied the game on Adam Lind's two-run homer in the fifth.


Yuniesky Betancourt reached on a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Suzuki followed with a single and Cairo then hit McGowan's first pitch into the gap in left-center as both runners scored easily.

Cairo's two doubles doubled his season total to four. He has 10 RBIs.

Jarrod Washburn (4-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Cesar Jimenez, Sean Green, Arthur Rhodes and Brandon Morrow backed him up with scoreless relief. Morrow picked up his fifth save in as many opportunities.


McGowan went six innings, allowing four runs and six hits with five strikeouts and a walk.

Lind has driven in five runs in his last two games in Seattle.

Suzuki, the two-time American League batting champion, had three hits to move his average to .301, the first time he has been above .300 since April 9.

The Mariners won two of the three games in the series. It is the first time since 2002 that the Mariners have won consecutive series against the Blue Jays, having taken two of three in Toronto in June.

Notes:@ Mariners manager Jim Riggleman said his three injured pitchers, Miguel Batista (back, ribs), J.J. Putz (elbow) and Felix Hernandez (ankle), are progressing well. He said Batista has recovered and was available to pitch Wednesday. There is no timetable for Putz, who is eligible to come of the DL any time, but he had a long throwing session before the game and reported no pain. Hernandez, eligible to come off the DL July 8, threw without pain before the game. "Right now, we would hope we can get an appearance before the All-Star break," Riggleman said of Hernandez. "It's looking more that way." ... Former Negro League player John `'Mule" Miles was honored before the game. The 86-year-old was taken by the Mariners as part of a ceremonial Negro League draft in which all 30 teams participated. "I'm glad the Seattle Mariners drafted me, 60 years too late," he said. "But I'm present." Miles was a third baseman and outfielder for the Chicago American Giants from 1946-49. In 1947, he homered in 11 straight games.