Blue Jays 3, Mariners 1

Brett Lawrie feels right at home at Safeco Field.

The Blue Jays’ third baseman, who was born 120 miles away in

Langley, British Columbia, had three hits to help Toronto earn a

comeback 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

The game was played before 32,300 fans, the vocal majority of

whom were Canadians venturing down the freeway from B.C.

”Besides Canada Day and Opening Day, this was the best

atmosphere of the year,” said Mark DeRosa, who had a two-run

pinch-hit single in the eighth to provide the winning margin. ”No

offense to the Rogers Center, but this place was jumping


Lawrie soaked it in.

”The last road crowd like that was here last year,” Lawrie

said. ”Obviously, it’s a positive when the whole crowd is cheering

for your team. It’s usually the other team. They picked us up


”It was just a good energy. You could feel the energy in the

building, everyone cheering for the Blue Jays. It was fun to be

part of.”

R.A. Dickey (9-11) went 7 2-3 innings, allowing one run on eight

hits. The knuckleballer struck out five and walked two. He won for

the first time since July 1.

”I had a good knuckle ball out my hand tonight,” Dickey said.

”But it was certainly about Brett Lawrie tonight. That was fun to

watch. His triple, his double, his double play. He was our spark

plug tonight. It was good to do that in front of a Canadian crowd.

He enjoyed that.”

Casey Janssen worked the ninth for his 20th save in 22


Hisashi Iwakuma (10-5), who pitched 7 1-3 innings, took the

loss. He allowed two runs on four hits, striking out two and walked

a season-high three. Over his past five starts, he is 3-0 with a

1.59 ERA.

Justin Smoak hit his 11th home run in the seventh to give the

Mariners a 1-0 lead at the time. Since July 1, Smoak is batting

.327 with 16 runs, eight doubles, five homers and 13 RBI.

”He definitely had it dancing tonight,” Smoak said of the

knuckler. ”When we did have runners on, we didn’t capitalize on


”It (home run pitch) was up. I was swinging. Just happened to

catch it at the right time.”

After Smoak’s home run, the Jays responded with their three-run,

eighth-inning rally. Lawrie opened with a triple into the

right-center gap. With one out, Jose Reyes lined a RBI single to

center, ending Iwakuma’s outing.

Yoervis Medina then complicated the situation for the Mariners,

giving up a single to Jose Bautista. Both runners advanced on

Medina’s wild pitch. Edward Encarnacion walked to load the


Oliver Perez entered as did DeRosa, who lined his game-winning

single to left on an 0-2 pitch. DeRosa is 5-of-14 as a pinch hitter

this season with six RBI.

”I always look at the matchup,” DeRosa said. ”He prides

himself on attacking. There’s a lot of herky-jerky motion. I was

just trying to take the lower half out. I knew he’d challenge me.

That’s the type of guy he is.”

The Mariners put together a rally in the third but Lawrie had a

hand in ending it. Humberto Quintero opened with a ground-rule

double that bounced over the left-field wall. With one out, Kyle

Seager singled to right, as Quintero held at third.

Kendrys Morales then hit a two-hopper to third baseman Lowrie,

who dived to his left to stop it. From his knees, he started a

5-4-3 double play to end the threat.

”I thought of looking back to third to see where he was but I

wanted to get rid of it because knew he (Morales) was a slow

runner,” Lawrie said. ”I’ve done that (thrown from knees) a

couple times. It’s not too bad. You get a good feel for it after a


It was the first win for the Blue Jays at Safeco since Aug. 17,


The Mariners have had 51 of their 112 games decided by two runs

over fewer.

NOTES: Dustin Ackley started at his old position, second base.

He had been the team’s regular at that spot but a batting slump and

Nick Franklin’s emergence pushed him to the outfield. ”They always

told me to be ready, just in case. I see why now,” Ackley said.

Acting manager Robby Thompson said, ”I don’t hesitate for a minute

to put him out there.” . Seattle manager Eric Wedge, who suffered

a mild stroke July 22 and has missed 13 games, will miss more.

There was hope that he could rejoin the team by this homestand but

as Thompson said, ”he’s doing well. It is a slow process…when

that time is, we’re not really sure.” . LHP J.A. Happ was added to

the Blue Jays’ roster before the game, replacing RHP Steve Delabar

(shoulder), who was placed on the 15-day DL. RHP David Schwimer was

designated for assignment to make room for Happ on the 40-man.