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Dickey Outshines Iwakuma as Blue Jays Top M's

by SeattleMariners.com

SEATTLE -- Two starters known for their signature pitches dueled to a standstill on Monday night, as Hisashi Iwakuma's splitter and R.A. Dickey's knuckleball stifled batters until late in the game. While Dickey was hit first, Iwakuma was hit hardest in the Mariners' 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Safeco Field.

Jose Reyes led the game off with a single against Iwakuma. It was the last hit the Blue Jays (52-60) would get until a two-out single by Brett Lawrie in the fifth inning.

The first sign of trouble for Iwakuma came in the fourth inning, when sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion each drew two-out walks. But lefty Adam Lind grounded out to end the inning.

With the loss, Seattle fell to 52-60 on the season, just a half-game ahead of the Angels for third place in the American League West. Despite going 15-10 in July, the Mariners have struggled lately, winning just three of their last 10 games.

Seattle amassed plenty of hits but couldn't convert them into runs. Time and again, the Mariners would put a man in scoring position, only to end the frame with nothing to show for it. In the first, third and fifth innings, Seattle had two men aboard with one out, and each time the runners were stranded. Seattle ended the game with eight hits.

Justin Smoak broke the stalemate with a leadoff home run to right field in the seventh inning. Seattle then put runners on the corners thanks to some sloppy play by Toronto. Humberto Quintero hit a single and advanced to second on a fielding error in right field by Bautista, who overran the ball. Quintero advanced to third on a passed ball, and Brad Miller drew a walk. In keeping with the game's theme, however, Kyle Seager ground into a double play.

Lawrie promptly responded for Toronto, leading off the eighth with a triple, just the third hit Toronto managed off Iwakuma. After a groundout to second base by Josh Thole, Reyes singled in the tying run, prompting acting manager Robby Thompson to replace Iwakuma with Yoervis Medina.

Another single from Bautista advanced Reyes, and Edwin Encarnacion drew a walk to juice the bases. Pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa drove in two runs with a single on an 0-2 pitch, giving Toronto a 3-1 lead.

Dickey -- who played 32 games for the Mariners during the 2008 season -- gave up eight hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings. Iwakuma lasted 7 1/3 frames, taking the loss despite allowing only four hits.