That losing streak just keeps on growing. And so does the pain.
The Mariners blew an early 1-0 lead, rallied to tie the game at 5 on a Miguel Olivo grand slam in the eighth inning – yes, a grand slam! – but still wound up on the wrong end of a 7-5 game Thursday against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
In the bottom of the eighth, Rajai Davis doubled to deep right center off reliever David Pauley to drive in Mike McCoy and Yunel Escobar with the go-ahead runs. Pauley (5-4) took the loss, which extends the Mariners losing skid to 12 games.
The Mariners have not won since beating the Athletics in Oakland on July 5. It's Seattle longest losing streak since dropping 12 straight from Sept. 11-22, 2008.
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Seattle gave tough-luck pitcher Doug Fister a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when Ichiro singled in Chone Figgins. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero worked out of further trouble, stranding runners at second and third.
Fister gave the lead up in the bottom half of the inning when McCoy doubled in Edwin Encarnacion to tie the game. And he struggled to slow the Blue Jays after that.
Toronto opened a 5-1 advantage with a run in the sixth and then added three more in the seventh to chase Fister. Toronto could have scored more if not for tight-rope relief pitching by Chris Ray, who entered the game with the bases loaded and no one out. Ray surrendered a sacrifice fly that made it 5-1 but then retired the next two hitters.
Singles by Ichiro and Brendan Ryan and walk by Adam Kennedy loaded the bases and knocked Romero from the game. Reliever Casey Janssen entered to face Olivo, who lined a deep fly over the center field fence to make it 5-5.
Fister, who has not won since May 30 against Baltimore, allowed five runs, four earned, and five hits in six-plus innings. He walked three and struck out four.