Donaldson's homer leads Blue Jays to 4-0 win over Mariners


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.

Kevin Pillar led off the game with a double off Mariners left-hander James Paxton, and Josh Donaldson followed with an opposite-field home run to right field, kick-starting the Blue Jays' 4-0 victory over the Mariners and giving Toronto a series win in Seattle.

"I didn't feel great today", said Paxton, whose record fell to 5-1 after lasting just four innings - his shortest outing in more than a year. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will throw a simulated game on Sunday and likely go out on a rehab assignment next week. "I had a hard time finding my timing and rhythm". Playing against those very Mariners at Safeco Field on Saturday night (June 10), Smoak hit his 18th homer of the season during the ninth inning.

After Valencia's single scoring Cano pulled Seattle even at 2-all, Biagini walked Zunino.

Bautista, 36, is hitting.232 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI this season. Former Mariner Kendrys Morales added a run-scoring single later in the inning to make it 4-0.

"It's good to see we scored other ways than the home run", Gibbons said.

Paxton suffered his first loss. He allowed eight hits and three walks as the Jays worked his pitch count to 94.

Happ, the 20-game victor from a year ago, had eight strikeouts in six shutout innings for his first win of 2017 and, more importantly, felt like he's ready to resume an important role in the Jays rotation.

The salvaging of a six-game swing on the west coast at 3-3 was good, and the party at Safeco Field with the thousands of Canucks who came down to get after it sure was fun.

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That taste wouldn't have been the same if we would have lost tonight and they would have celebrated on our home floor. The Cavaliers, in virtually the same "win or it's over" spot, played possessed and out of their minds.

Prior to the game Sunday, Jays pitchers Marco Estrada and Aaron Sanchez spent a good half hour signing autographs for fans who lined the third-base line prior to the opening pitch.

The Mariners were shut out for the sixth time this season, first since May 27 at Boston.

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"I didn't have it", said Paxton, a British Columbia native.

We needed and got another terrific start from Marcus Stroman.

The Blue Jays bullpen was on point as Jeff Beliveau, Ryan Tepera, Aaron Loup, and Joe Smith only allowed two hits and struck out a combined three batters after Happ was finished. One that bodes for well for a team that needs many more starts like this one from him.

The Seattle Mariners hope to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games.

NOTES: Mariners RF Mitch Haniger returned after being on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained right oblique. The 4-0 loss (box) was not only lackluster, it shows these guys have yet to develop a sense of theater. OF Boog Powell was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

The Jays will now face the Tampa Bay Rays in a two-game series at the Rogers Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday.