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Friday, Aug. 3, 2012

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Cut down: Texas catcher Mike Napoli tags out Los Angeles' Kendrys Morales in the ninth inning on Wednesday night. AP

Mariners win seventh in row


SEATTLE — The only grumpy person in the Seattle Mariners' clubhouse was Felix Hernandez, who good-naturedly griped when the thumping music was turned down postgame.

After all, the Mariners are enjoying making some noise.

Seattle won its seventh consecutive game and completed a series sweep thanks to John Jaso's go-ahead single in the sixth inning and Blake Beavan's 7⅔ strong innings in a 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

The winning streak is Seattle's longest since an eight-game run June 23-July 1, 2011. Seattle is 14-6 since the All-Star break, which is second-best in the American League to Oakland's 13-5. The Mariners have won 13 of their last 17 games, including eight of the past nine.

"I don't think the clubhouse has been this exciting in a while," Beavan said. "We're all just jumping around like little elementary (school) kids in recess."

Seattle has allowed three runs or less in six of the last seven games. Beavan (7-6) gave up three runs and seven hits in his 82-pitch outing. He struck out four and is undefeated (4-0) since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma July 17.

After Toronto came after his fastball early, Beavan was able to blend in a slider to keep the Blue Jays at bay.

"Obviously, we saw early on they were going to be very aggressive with him," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said.

Toronto starter Carlos Villanueva (6-1) threw six innings, allowed seven hits, four earned runs and struck out six. He went 4-0 and allowed just five earned runs in July. He featured off-speed pitches and was perfect in the first three innings Wednesday. But, Seattle was able to adjust to score four runs in the middle innings.

"Seemed like his fastball was his fourth pitch," Jaso said.

Rays 4, Athletics 1

In Oakland, Alex Cobb shut down the A's for seven innings and Carlos Pena homered to help the Rays complete a successful nine-game road trip.

Rangers 11, Angels 10 (10)

In Arlington, Texas, Elvis Andrus had a game-ending two-run single in the 10th inning, and the Rangers rallied from six runs down to beat the Angels.

Yu Darvish started for Texas and equalled his season-high by allowing seven runs and walking six over five innings.

Yankees 12, Orioles 3

In New York, Robinson Cano hit a grand slam in a seven-run third inning, and the Yankees sent Zach Britton to another shellacking at Yankee Stadium.

Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-5 for New York.

White Sox 3, Twins 2

In Minneapolis, Jake Peavy struck out eight over eight smooth innings, Alejandro De Aza gave Chicago the lead in the eighth with an infield single off Scott Diamond's leg, and the White Sox beat the Twins.

Royals 5, Indians 2

In Kansas City, Luis Mendoza pitched into the eighth inning, Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson stroked two hits each and drove in a run.

Tigers 7, Red Sox 5

In Boston, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder homered on consecutive pitches to cap a five-run fifth inning.


Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 0

In Los Angeles, Patrick Corbin pitched two-hit ball over six innings following his promotion from the minors Wednesday, and the Diamondbacks got home runs from Miguel Montero and newcomer Chris Johnson.

Reds 6, Padres 4

In Cincinnati, Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in four runs for the second consecutive game, and the Reds kept rolling along with a win over San Diego.

Pirates 8, Cubs 4

In Chicago, Michael McKenry and Starling Marte homered to back a strong start by Jeff Karstens.

Phillies 3, Nationals 2

In Washington, Jimmy Rollins hit two solo homers, Nate Schierholtz connected in his Philadelphia debut and the Phillies received a sharp pitching performance from Vance Worley.

Brewers 13, Astros 4

In Milwaukee, Ryan Braun hit his NL-leading 29th homer and the Brewers connected four times.

Marlins 4, Braves 2

In Atlanta, Miami broke out for three runs in the first inning against Ben Sheets after scoring just three total in two losses to the Braves.

Cardinals 9, Rockies 6

In Denver, Matt Holliday homered twice and drove in five runs and St. Louis beat the Rockies on a rain-soaked night.

Mets 2, Giants 1

In San Francisco, Jonathon Niese scattered three hits over seven innings and Ruben Tejada homered for the first time in almost two years and singled twice.

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