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Mariners' pitcher strikes down Jays

SEATTLE 4 TORONTO 1 Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a career-high 13 and Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager had two hits apiece to help Seattle win its fifth consecutive game 4-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Mariners outfielder and Victoria native Michael Saunders trots safely into second as Blue Jays second baseman Kelly Johnson tracks down a grounder Monday night in Seattle.

SEATTLE 4 TORONTO 1

Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a career-high 13 and Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager had two hits apiece to help Seattle win its fifth consecutive game 4-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Iwakuma (2-2) struck out Rajai Davis three straight times after allowing Davis' first career leadoff homer, which gave the Blue Jays a brief 1-0 lead.

Iwakuma's 13 strikeouts broke the Mariners rookie record of 12 previously shared by Mark Langston, Randy Johnson and Freddy Garcia. Iwakuma threw eight innings, allowed four hits and walked three.

Toronto starter Ricky Romero (8-8) went six innings, allowed eight hits and three earned runs. He struck out seven and walked two. Romero has lost seven consecutive starts.

The Blue Jays removed left fielder Travis Snider after the sixth inning because they traded him to Pittsburgh for right-handed starter Brad Lincoln.

The Mariners tacked on a run in the third thanks to a wild pitch, a passed ball and an error by third baseman Brett Lawrie on Brendan Ryan's grounder that scored Mike Carp, who singled.

Saunders, of Victoria, added an RBI double in the fifth.

Iwakuma teetered on occasion after the first, but still held down the Blue Jays. Seager charged Jeff Mathis' grounder and threw out Yunel Escobar at the plate in the second. Colby Rasmus drove Saunders to the centre-field wall in fifth inning, but Saunders made the catch on the warning track.

Iwakuma struck out at least one in each inning he pitched. Lawrie struck out four times and snapped his bat over his knee in the dugout following one at-bat.

The Mariners loaded the bases in the first inning after Jesus Montero's line drive hit second base umpire Tony Randazzo. He jumped and spun to avoid the liner, but it struck him in the left side.

Dustin Ackley came home on the play but had to return to third because the ball hit the umpire and stayed in the infield. John Jaso grounded into a double play to score Ackley. Seager extended his majors-leading two-out RBI total with a single to left to bring in Saunders and put Seattle in front 2-1.

Davis' leadoff homer delighted the large number of Blue Jays fans in Safeco Field. The fans opened the game by singing along to, O Canada.

ORIOLES 5, YANKEES 4

NEW YORK - Mark Teixeira gave his teammates a scare when he came up shaking his left wrist after trying to make a diving stop at first base.

With Alex Rodriguez already sidelined, the suddenly slumping New York Yankees can't afford to lose another big bat from the middle of their lineup.

Teixeira was lifted after the seventh inning of the Yankees' 5-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, their eighth loss in 11 games.

"You don't want to see anybody go down, much less Tex," Raul Ibanez said. "Guys have to keep stepping up, we still got to keep plugging away."

Teixeira said he hurt the wrist in his third at-bat against Boston on Sunday.

Still, he felt as if he could play before he tweaked the injury in the field.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said X-rays on the wrist were negative and that Teixeira will have further tests Tuesday.

"I've had a little thing in my wrist before, back in 2009. Hopefully it will just get better in a few days," Teixeira said.

Teixeira's turn in the order came up in the eighth inning with a runner on first and the Yankees trailing by a run.