Ace Felix Hernandez has another of those 'you're-the-ace, fix-this' starts tonight.
The Mariners have not only lost three consecutive games, they've had their egos blown up in the process. Tonight, Hernandez goes for more than his 12th win - his job is to snap that Seattle losing streak.
To do that, he's going to have to pitch well, since his offense is a bit diminished without Jose Lopez or Russell Branyan in the lineup.
Both have stiff backs.
In their places: Chris Woodward and Chris Shelton, with Ken Griffey Jr. in the third spot as designated hitter.
It's Felix vs. Ricky Romero, Seattle vs. Toronto.
Toronto scores first
With a contingent of Blue Jays fans chanting their support, Toronto got a first-inning run by playing little ball.
Marco Scutaro blooped a single and Aaron Hill rolled a perfectly placed hit-and-run single into right field behind him.
Scott Rolen flied out, and the Blue Jays grabbed a lead.
In the first: Blue Jays 1, Mariners 0
Small ball all around
Mariners struck back in typical fashion: singles by Ichiro and Franklin Gutierrez, ground balls by Junior and Shelton got the run home.
Nice execution, we're tied.
After one: Mariners 1, Blue Jays 1
Lyle Overbay got a 2-0 fastball about thigh high and hit it over the center field wall, with Felix turning to watch it go.
Probably only a double if they were playing in the Polo Grounds.
In the second: Blue Jays 2, Mariners 1
Junior singled, Shelton singled and, with one out, Rob Johnson singled home the tying run.
Johnson may never be the hitter fans thought Jeff Clement would be, but he's got up over .210 - which took quite a climb - and he's got 21 RBI. He's no longer an automatic out. Sort of a semi-automatic, now.
After four: Mariners 2, Blue Jays 2
Long Ball II
Rod Barajas this time, to left field, his ninth of the year.
If you're counting, that's 13 home runs for the opposition this home stand, zero for the Mariners.
In the fifth: Blue Jays 3, Mariners 2
Those scrappy Mariners
Rookie Michael Saunders opened the fifth wih a perfectly dropped bunt, went to second on an Ichiro single and scored on a Gutierrez single that tied the game.
With two outs, Shelton - yes, the guy who never gets to play - singled for his second RBI tonight.
A lead for Felix after five innings? The Mariners would take their chances on this one every night the rest of the year.
After five: Mariners 4, Blue Jays 3
Two outs, so what?
Felix got two quick outs, then gave up consecutive singles to Vernon Wells, Overbay and Alex Rios for a run that got Toronto even.
From left field, Saunders strong throw got to the plate with the runner, but Johnson couldn't hold it. Worse, it allowed the runners to move up a base.
Barajas bounced a ball past third, and shortstop Ronny Cedeno had no play, so the go-ahead run jogged in.
A fifth hitter, .167-batting Joe
Inglett, rolled a single into right field for another run. A bad-hop single by Scutaro off third baseman Hannahan meant another run - and Hernandez was gone.
Two outs, no one on, then six consecutive hits. Hernandez leaves, trailing by three.
In the sixth: Blue Jays 7, Mariners 4
Long fly to center field. Gutierrez gets to the wall, waits for it - and watches it bang off his glove for a three-base error.
Naturally, a fly ball got him home. Just a failure to focus, one of the few mental mistakes Gutierrez has made in the field all year.
In the seventh: Blue Jays 8, Mariners 4
Ugly, ugly, ugly
This is four consecutive losses, during which Seattle has been out-scored, 42-10.
They haven't played four worse games all year.
It's a final: Blue Jays 11, Mariners 4