Alex Rios Powers Toronto Blue Jays To Fifth Straight Victory

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJuly 26, 2008

The Jays scored at least one run in each of the first six innings and David Purcey proved to be great in today's 8-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

The Jays were lead by Alex Rios, who went 2-for-2 with two solo home runs, a sacrifice fly, two walks, and three RBI's.

David Purcey was making only his third start of the season and his career. After looking shaky in his first two big league starts, he showed why he has been so successful at AAA Syracuse this season.

Purcey cruised through the first five innings, giving up only one run in the second. However, he ran into trouble in the sixth. He had already given up a two run homer when he allowed two base runners to get on with two out.

Purcey managed to settle down after he had a chance to visit with manager Cito Gaston on the mound, the young lefty originally thought he was getting pulled from the game and stated that his confidence soared after being told he was going to have to get himself out of this jam.

He ended up retireing Seattle's Yuniesky Betancourt on a groundout. The play put the finishing touch on Purcey's outing, in which he earned his first Major League victory.

Meanwhile, the Jays offense came through in a big way today. Outfielder Alex Rios finally showed some pop as he hit two homers in a otherwise homer starved campaign. The two home runs for Rios, though, continue his hot hitting at the plate. Over the last week, he has hit .344 (11-for-32) with four home runs, four doubles and eight RBIs.

Mariners pitcher R.A Dickey had a rough outing as he lasted just 5 and 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs in the process.

This outing proved to be important for Purcey as he was told that he is remaining with the big league team to replace Dustin McGowan, who is out for the remainder of the season. If Purcey is able to remain consistent, he should get some valuable experience under his belt for next year.

Up Next: Shaun Marcum (5-4) will try to extend the Jays winning streak to six games against Seattle Mariners lefty Jarrod Washburn (4-9).