Bautista homers as Blue Jays blank Mariners 4-0


Sunday completed a miserable four-game weekend for the Mariners at the Rogers Centre when they suffered a 3-2 walk-off loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Pillar hit a shot to left-center off of Mariners' closer Edwin Diaz to end the game.

You know when you get that feeling like "this is definitely going to get worse and I'm going to get mad if I keep watching"? "I didn't want it to rip completely. His jersey is not even recognizable anymore".

The Pillars did get the photo, though the jersey was a little stained courtesy of a Gatorade spray provided by Darwin Barney. OF Mitch Haniger (right oblique) will swing off a tee for the first time Saturday. But once Cleveland took a three-run lead, it was at that point I chose to take a break from the game to better myself and get some exercise.

As per a report from Ben Nicholson-Smith of, manager John Gibbons says that Pearce is scheduled to undergo an MRI on the injured calf in the days to come.

Travis had two RBIs despite a hitless night for the Blue Jays, who have won five of six.

The Mariners did manage to actually score runs, which is a bonus after mustering all of two runs in the first two games in Canada, including a span of 21 straight innings without scoring.

"There's an effect to what he means to our team and on the field", Servais said.

The Blue Jays added an insurance run in the sixth when a Travis sacrifice fly brought home Goins. The Mariners return home to play a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics with Seattle RHP Yovani Gallardo (1-3, 4.58 ERA) opposing Oakland LHP Sean Manaea (1-2, 5.18 ERA) in the opener Monday. "He's having a tremendous year". He turned on a 1-2 pitch from Sam Gaviglio for his sixth homer of the year.

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Now, Liriano has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with "shoulder inflammation", though the exact reason has yet to be confirmed.

The Mariners moved in front 1-0 in the fifth when Carlos Ruiz scored on a throwing error by Jose Bautista in right field.

Pillar also made an exhilarating grab in deep centre field on a line drive by Danny Valencia in the fourth inning with Nelson Cruz stationed at second base. Prior to that abbreviated outing, Sanchez pitched 5 1/3 innings against Baltimore on April 14.

After the game, Sanchez acknowledged that he had been bleeding but only wanted to speak about the game. He had all off three homers vs. lefties last season.

It was Smoak's sixth homer of the season, giving him a share of the club lead and the big first baseman now has 21 RBIs on the season, just 14 shy of his production all of a year ago.

Stroman will be trying for his second straight win on Saturday when he faces the Mariners for the first time in his career. His hit handcuffed Taylor Motter, bouncing off the glove of the diving Mariners second baseman and dribbling into shallow right field. His contract had just been selected from Triple-A Tacoma for the start and reliever Jean Machi had been designated for assignment to make roster room for him.

"Is that what they had on TV or something?" said Gibbons, with a mischievous smile. Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (hamstring) is tentatively tabbed to play a rehab game in Florida on Saturday.

The Blue Jays outhit the Mariners 10-7 while extending their winning streak to three games.

For his big league career, he now owns a 2.91 ERA over the course of 98 regular season appearances, 44 starts and a total of 330.2 innings of work.

There were runners in scoring position in each of his five innings, and the leadoff batter reached four times.