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Blue Jays 11, Mariners 5

August 12, 1998

TORONTO (AP) _ Carlos Delgado’s grand slam highlighted Toronto’s seven-run seventh inning Wednesday as the Blue Jays rallied for an 11-5 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle shortstop Alex Rodriguez became the fourth youngest player in major league history to reach 100 career homers in the loss.

Ken Griffey Jr. failed to homer for the 11th straight game, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He hasn’t connected in his last 50 at-bats _ his longest drought of the season for the Mariners _ yet still leads the AL with 41 home runs.

With Seattle leading 5-3 in the seventh, Mariners starter Jamie Moyer allowed an RBI single to Craig Grebeck before being replaced by Bobby Ayala (1-8).

Ayala gave up a pinch-hit single to Tony Fernandez and then walked the bases loaded. Greg McCarthy relieved and gave up a two-run double to Shawn Green that ticked off third baseman Russ Davis’ glove. McCarthy then intentionally walked Jose Canseco to face Delgado, who hit his 23rd homer to dead center, giving the Toronto a 10-5 lead.

Nerio Rodriguez (2-3) got the win despite giving up a go-ahead homer to Rodriguez in the seventh.

Rodriguez, who turned 23 last month, trails Mel Ott, Tony Conigliaro and Eddie Matthews for the youngest to 100 homers. Ott was 22 years, 132 days old when he hit the mark in 1931.

Moyer gave up five earned runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.

Notes: Blue Jays shortstop Thomas Perez made a nice diving stop in the sixth inning to rob Edgar Martinez of a hit. ... Griffey and Jay Buhner each hit balls into the fifth deck during batting practice. ... Delgado’s slam was his second this season and the fifth of his career.

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