Happ, Donaldson lead Blue Jays past Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays' Ezequiel Carrera reacts in the dugout after he hit a home run during the eighth inning against the Mariners Saturday in Seattle

Happ, Donaldson lead Blue Jays past Mariners

Happ (1-4), a 20-game victor past year, spent six weeks on the disabled list this season due to left elbow soreness. Nelson Cruz hit a hard one-hopper to the left side of the infield that third baseman Josh Donaldson made a diving stop on and appeared to turn a double play.

"I felt like we had Happ on the edge the first three or four innings", Servais said, "but we just couldn't push him off the edge". "I felt like I had probably more life than I had in my first two outings in my fastball today and I still felt strong". For Bautista, he got into scoring position, with 2 outs, at a time where we really would have loved an insurance run. Morales got it started with a two-run shot in the fourth inning, a mighty wallop that exited Safeco in a hurry. He didn't walk a batter and struck out six.

Donaldson's RBI single in the fourth scored Pillar to make it 3-0.

In the process, the Jays handed the Ladner, B.C., native his first loss of the season, chasing him from the game after just four innings. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 15th save as Seattle again failed to climb above the.500 mark after reaching the break-even point for the third time this season.

The Jays faced a tall order on Sunday with Canadian-born left-hander James Paxton getting the start for the Mariners. The Toronto Blue Jays have won 17 of their last 20 games when allowing four or less runs. Paxton was also making his third start since coming off the disabled list, as he was out most of May with a left forearm strain.

Justin Smoak might just turn into a huge bargain for the Blue Jays, as he makes $4.125 million this season and next year, with a team option worth $6 million in place for the 2019 Major League Baseball season.

Miranda gave up a long home run to former M's DH Kendrys Morales.

On Saturday during the Mariners-Blue Jays throwdown, Bautista drew a walk, and then, kept on walking, and then sprinted to second base. Ryan Tepera struck out Taylor Motter and pinch hitter Jarrod Dyson, then got Mitch Haniger to fly out to right field to end the inning.

Robinson Cano started the rally with a double off the top of the wall in center field that was almost a home run. "I don't know if you can do that forever, but right now it's working", Toronto manager John Gibbons said. The closer got Haniger to fly out to right field to cap the victory.

While the big bats were the highlight reel stars on Saturday, they were complemented by a solid effort from starter Stroman, who has now allowed two or fewer runs in six of his past seven games. The southpaw hasn't lost since April 22, a span of nine starts.

Bautista was 0-for-2 with two walks in the contest. The Mariners, who are on the road at Minnesota starting Monday, were 7-4 on their longest homestand of the season.

Dan Altavilla contributed a 1-2-3 9th, demonstrating some much-needed bullpen stability.

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