Jays earn west coast split with win over Mariners

With Carlos Ruiz at the plate, Dyson took off for second.

Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the first inning and finished with three RBIs, J.A. Happ rediscovered the form that made him a 20-game victor last season with six shutout innings, and the Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Sunday.

Struggling to get anything started all night against Toronto starter Joe Biagini (1-5), the Mariners rallied with two runs in the seventh and managed to silence the thousands of Blue Jays fans who made the trip south from the provinces of western Canada for the weekend series.

"It felt similar to a playoff game", Stroman said. "I think that was a step in the right direction, and it answered a lot of questions for me".

Robinson Cano started the rally with a double off the top of the wall in center field that was almost a home run. Toronto RHP Marco Estrada (4-4, 4.04 ERA) is scheduled to start against Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-3, 3.59).

In the eighth inning it was Carrera's turn, crucial in its own way coming from one of the non-traditional power bats in the lineup.

Tyler Cloyd (1-0) pitched one inning of relief to get the victory in his first appearance in the majors since September 29, 2013. Dyson had third easily but Pillar overran it and Dyson scored the tying run without a throw.

"My best chance was trying to lay out and trap it". "It's stressful with baserunners but fortunately I usually had an out or two and was able to finagle my way out of there".

Jose Bautista accomplished something not seen everyday this weekend against the Seattle Mariners.

Lefty Ariel Miranda gave up two runs and two hits in 6 1/3 innings, while Toronto's young ace, Marcus Stroman, held the Mariners to two runs, one earned, and six hits in seven innings.

Those K's started a run of eight straight batters retired to close out his six innings.

Seattle opened the scoring in the second inning. Rather than going to the bullpen, Biagini stayed in and gave up Dyson's single to score Seager. He stole second and the throw went into short center. "I was definitely on heater at that point because I know he's got a really good heater and, as he should, I know he likes to go it". "It was pretty impressive". Both times, a very smart base running play.

Bautista, 36, is hitting.232 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI this season.

This is going to be a quick recap, because it is late and I'm exhausted. Travis was placed on the 10-day DL earlier this week with a sore right knee. Haniger has been out since April 26 with a strained oblique.

Mariners manager Scott Servais visited the mound after the play. He's won his last five decisions and the Blue Jays have won his last six starts.

Carrera led off the top of the eighth inning with a home run off Seattle reliever Tony Zych (2-2) to break a 2-2 tie.

Donaldson finished with three hits and three RBI, and former Mariners left-hander J.A. Happ (1-4) picked up his first win of the season with eight strikeouts over six shutout innings for Toronto.

  • Julie Sanders