Mariners top Blue Jays 10-8 in extra innings
TORONTO – Cal Rowley hit a two-run homer in the 10th to give the Seattle Mariners a 10-8 comeback win to avoid a series sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
The win ended the Mariners’ (12-16) 4-game losing streak and the Blue Jays’ (18-10) 6-game losing streak ahead of 40,158 at the Rogers Center.
Lowry’s extra-inning blast to right field was his second of the contest, missing Toronto reliever Zach Popp (1-1) with one out.
Paul Sewald (2-0) worked in the ninth to win. Relief Matt Brach produced George Springer’s single in the Blue Jays’ 14th hit, but he recovered with his first save of the year.
The Mariners hit a 1-out, 2-run homer to right center from Lowry in the eighth inning off of Toronto reliever Anthony Bass, and a tying 2-out single to right from JP Crawford in the ninth inning put them in a three-run deficit. Overcame. From Imi Garcia.
Blue Jays starter Chris Basitt defeated the first two Mariners he faced. He then walked Jared Kellenick and Lowry and hit Teoscar Hernandez to load the bases.
Fresh off the injured list after breaking his right hand in spring training, Taylor Trammell smashed his first career grand slam in right field.
Basitt was unhappy with the ball called in Kelenic’s at-bat. After checking the pitch in the dugout on a tablet, Basit had a hissy fit and the device he slammed twice.
The Blue Jays right-hander had a lengthy discussion with home run umpire Mark Carlson after the second inning.
Basitt lasted five innings. He gave up a single to Kolten Wong after a Trammell grand slam, walking four and hitting a seven.
Trevor Richards relieved Bassitt and surrendered Hernandez’s seventh home run of the season to right field with one out in the sixth. It was the first run I did.
Mariners starter Marco Gonzalez pitched three innings. After his teammates found him a 4–0 lead, Gonzalez allowed a two-run double from Matt Chapman in the first inning and Beauvischet’s three-run bomb in the second.
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Bichette’s sixth home run was a 460-foot shot to the second deck in left-center field after Santiago Espinal reached base on a fielder’s choice and moved to second on Springer’s single.
The Blue Jays struck out another 3 in the third after an infield hit from Chapman, a one-out single to right from Alejandro Kirk, and a two-out double to the left field line from Danny Jansen.
Jansen scored on Espinal’s left single to put Toronto ahead 8–4.
Whit Merrifield perfected his on-base streak 21-21 in 2023 with seven singles to center.
320 with 24 hits, 7 doubles, 10 RBIs and 7 walks.
The Blue Jays start a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Monday. Jose Berrios (2-3) will start for Toronto and Corey Kluber (1-4) will be on the mound in Boston.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on April 30, 2023.
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