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Mariners rough up Halladay, 8-3

July 01, 2007|From the Associated Press

SEATTLE — Miguel Batista pitched into the seventh inning, Ben Broussard tied a career high with four hits and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-3, on Saturday night for their seventh straight win.

It's Seattle longest win streak since a nine-game win streak from May 27 to June 5, 2003.

Not only did the Mariners keep their streak alive, they ended Roy Halladay's win streak. The former Cy Young winner had not lost since May 10 against Boston, going 5-0 in his last six starts.

Halladay (9-3) wasn't battered around but gave up 10 hits -- four in the sixth inning alone. He yielded three runs and struck out three.

With the score 1-1 in the sixth, Broussard lined a one-out single and advanced to second on Kenji Johjima's groundout. Broussard then scored on Adrian Beltre's single to center, and after Beltre moved up on a wild pitch by Halladay, Yuniesky Betancourt hit an RBI single to left.

Seattle added five more in the seventh against Toronto's bullpen, sending nine batters to the plate. Broussard drove in two with his fourth single. It was his seventh career four-hit game.

Batista (8-6) left with one out in the seventh after giving up a single to pinch-hitter Howie Clark and walking Alex Rios on four pitches. It was his fifth walk, and almost half of Batista's 116 pitches were balls.

Halladay failed to complete at least seven innings for only the second time in his last seven starts.

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