Paxton, Mariners beat Blue Jays
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[July 23, 2016]
TORONTO -- James Paxton struck
out nine over seven innings, Seth Smith doubled in the go-ahead run
in the fifth inning and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Toronto
Blue Jays 2-1 on Friday night.
Paxton (3-4), a left-hander, allowed three hits, including a home
run, one walk and one run in the opener of a three-game series.
Steve Cishek struck out three and pitched around a walk and a single
in the ninth inning to earn his 23rd save.
The right-hander walked Edwin Encarnacion with two out and Troy
Tulowitzki followed with a single.
Toronto designated hitter Michael Saunders, who homered in his first
career at-bat against the Mariners (49-47), his former team, struck
out to end the game.
Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada (5-4) allowed seven hits, one walk
and two runs in six innings. The right-hander struck out three and
hit two batters.
Estrada, who went on the disabled list with a sore back and missed
his final start before the All-Star break, kept the Blue Jays within
one run when he worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top
of the sixth.
The Blue Jays (54-43) started a threat in the bottom of the sixth
after Josh Thole walked with one out, their second base runner of
Josh Donaldson doubled to left center with two out and Thole stopped
at third. Paxton struck out Encarnacion for the third time of the
game to end the inning.
Left-hander Brett Cecil replaced Estrada to open the seventh and
retired his only two batters before being replaced by right-hander
Bo Schultz, who allowed a single before finishing the inning.
Seattle scored a run in the first inning.
Norichika Aoki led off the first with a triple. Seth Smith was hit
by a pitch. Aoki scored when Robinson Cano forced Smith at second
with a grounder to shortstop.
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Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against
Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan
Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
The Blue Jays tied the game in the second on Saunders' 17th homer of
the season, a drive to left on a 3-1 pitch. It was the first at-bat
for Saunders against his former team. He was traded to Toronto by
Seattle after the 2014 season but missed most of last season with a
The Mariners took a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Shawn O'Malley led off
with a single, stole second with one out and scored when Smith
reached out and sliced a down-and-away pitch past the bag at third
for a double.
NOTES: Toronto reinstated RHP Marco Estrada (back) and LHP Franklin
Morales (shoulder) from the disabled list and optioned LHP Aaron
Loup and INF Andy Burns to Triple-A Buffalo. RHP Dustin Antolin was
designated for assignment to make room for Morales on the 40-man
roster. ... Blue Jays C Russell Martin (knee) did not start after
feeling lightheaded in the sauna on Thursday and twisting a knee in
the shower. ... Mariners SS Ketel Marte (mononucleosis) was put on
the DL Friday after tests taken after he had a sore throat Sunday
revealed a form of mononucleosis. ... INF Luis Sardinas was recalled
from Triple-A Tacoma and will share shortstop with INF Shawn
O'Malley, who started Friday. ... Seattle manager Scott Servais said
LHP Wade Miley will start Sunday. ... Toronto RHP R.A. Dickey (7-10,
4.11 ERA) will face Seattle RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (10-6, 4.01) on
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