Estrada shuts down struggling Mariners as Toronto rolls 5-1

SEATTLE — Marco Estrada baffled Seattle’s struggling bats along with his mixture of offspeed pitches, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning and main the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-1 win over the Mariners on Saturday night time.

Estrada (5-8) was masterful along with his changeup, maintaining the Mariners guessing all night time. He didn’t hand over successful till Mitch Haniger’s one-out double simply inside third base within the seventh inning. It was simply Seattle’s second baserunner after Nelson Cruz walked main off the second inning.

In any other case, the Mariners’ slumping offence regarded much more meagre towards Estrada, who entered the day with a 4.90 ERA and had allowed 4 earned runs in 4 innings in his final begin. Estrada additionally induced loads of weak contact as Seattle struggled to make the adjustment between speeds.

Estrada was pulled after strolling Ryon Healy to open the eighth inning, leaving to a standing ovation from the 1000’s of Toronto followers in attendance. Estrada struck out 4 and allowed one earned run when Healy scored on Chris Herrmann’s sacrifice fly.

Ryan Tepera completed off the eighth and Ken Giles pitched the ninth in his second look since being acquired by the Blue Jays.

Seattle has misplaced 5 straight and fallen 2 1/2 video games again of Oakland within the AL wild-card race.

Seattle starter James Paxton (9-5) misplaced for the third time in his previous 4 begins towards the crew he no-hit earlier this season in Toronto. The harm towards Paxton got here by way of two blows: Devon Travis’ two-run single within the third and Aledmys Diaz’s solo dwelling run main off the fifth.

Paxton was capable of get by the seventh due to inning-ending double performs within the first, third and fifth innings, and one other key double play within the seventh. He struck out seven and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 14 of his final 17 begins.

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Toronto added two extra runs off Seattle’s bullpen on Justin Smoak’s RBI single within the eighth and Brandon Drury’s double within the ninth. Toronto has scored 10 runs — seven earned — off Seattle’s bullpen within the first three video games of the sequence.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: 2B Dee Gordon was a late scratch from the lineup Saturday due to a sore ankle. Supervisor Scott Servais expects Gordon to play Sunday. … RHP Erasmo Ramirez will make yet another rehab begin Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma. Servais expects Ramirez to return to the energetic roster if all goes properly. … Servais doesn’t understand how lengthy RHP Juan Nicasio, who was positioned on the 10-day DL Friday, might be on the DL due to his knee scenario. “Juan’s annoyed that it hasn’t felt good. He needs to make it proper. I actually assume he can come again and influence this 12 months down the stretch, however I don’t know.”

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Blue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-4, 5.10) is anticipated to make his 15th begin of the season Sunday afternoon. Gaviglio has misplaced 4 of his final 5 begins whereas permitting 19 earned runs over 20.1 innings for an 8.51 ERA over that span.

Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (8-7, 4.16) is scheduled to make his 23rd begin of the season Sunday afternoon. Leake is on tempo to make at the least 30 begins for the seventh consecutive season. He’s certainly one of solely 4 pitchers who made at the least 30 begins each season from 2012-17.

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