PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Something about the Mariners brings out the best in Jerome Williams.
The righty took a three-hitter into the eighth inning, Andres Blanco hit his first homer in three years, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Seattle 4-1 in an interleague game Monday night.
Williams improved to 6-2 against the Mariners. He's 39-50 against the rest of the majors.
"He's kind of had our number," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He threw the ball well."
Seattle had won 12 of its previous 16 games. The Mariners fell into a tie with Detroit for the second wild-card spot in the AL. They're seeking their first postseason appearance since 2001.
Making his second start since joining the Phillies, Williams (1-0) allowed one run and three hits in seven-plus innings.
"He pitched good," Robinson Cano said. "You have to give him credit."
Mariners rookie Roenis Elias (9-10) gave up one run and three hits in four innings. The left-hander constantly pitched out of jams because he walked six and hit one batter with a pitch.
"I was erratic with my fastball," Elias said through a translator. "I felt good physically, but it just wasn't my day."
Blanco connected for a three-run shot off reliever Dominic Leone in the fifth to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead. It was his first home run since July 1, 2011, for Texas against Florida.
The Phillies claimed Williams off waivers from Texas to fill a spot in the rotation after Roberto Hernandez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Williams was 2-5 with a 6.71 ERA for the Rangers and Houston this season. But he has a 2.19 ERA in 12 1-3 innings with Philadelphia.
Marlon Byrd's RBI double in the third gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Elias escaped further trouble by striking out Cody Asche with the bases loaded. Elias also left the bases full in the fourth by retiring Ryan Howard on a grounder.