Mariners win 7th in a row, leading Blue Jays 2-1 on Santana homer
SEATTLE (AP) – Carlos Santana made his first home game since being bought by Seattle, after a two-time knock out Toronto’s starting player Alek Manoah gave the Mariners a 2-1 win over Blue Jays on Saturday night.
Seattle won its seventh straight game and won 15 of its past 18 games. Round 15-3 was the Mariners’ best 18-match run since 2003.
Santana’s match came in the seventh inning after Seattle beat Manoah only once in the first six innings. JP Crawford led Saturday with a single hit and Santana ambushed a quick ball in the middle of the disc for his fifth home of the season and his biggest success to date with the Mariners.
Santana was acquired in late June from Kansas City for a pair of pitchers.
Robbie Ray faced his old team for the first time and threw six innings, allowing only three hits and one run on George Springer’s 16th home field in the season leading up to the sixth inning. Ray won the AL Cy Young Award last season with the Blue Jays, but didn’t make it to Toronto when the teams met in May due to border restrictions related to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Ray hit out six and threw out a major crash in the fifth inning as Toronto loaded the grounds with no points and no scoring. In the previous six starts, Ray has an ERA of 0.91 with 11 walks and 46 hits.
Matt Brash (2-3) hit a pair as part of a perfect seventh inning, including a 13-point strike from Lordes Gurriel Jr that included nine fouls.
For the third day in a row, Diego Castillo faced trouble in ninth after Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s singles tackles. and Alejandro Kirk. Castillo was broken through by Teoscar Hernández and Matt Chapman for the fifth save.
Manoah (9-4) equalized Ray’s score, throwing 7 innings of 1/3 but conceding a goal. Manoah didn’t drop a single shot until Ty France doubled the lead in the fourth round and allowed a total of three baserunners until the problem in the seventh round.
Manoah hit out seven and went four.
All of Toronto’s offense came from a single swing of Springer’s arm. It was his 23rd career home game against Seattle. He hit 13 of 23 goals at T-Mobile Park.
Seattle made a series of moves to strengthen its headquarters, recalling Brash and Matt Festa from Triple-A Tacoma. RHP Ken Giles was placed on the 15-day trauma list with right shoulder inflammation and RHP Erik Swanson was placed on the parent list.
Seattle also picked beginner pitcher George Kirby to Tacoma. With a day off Monday and the upcoming All-Star break, it’s an easy way for Seattle to manage Kirby’s plays. Right-hand man Jacob Barnes was selected from Tacoma to take Kirby’s place.
Catcher Luis Torrens (shoulder) was also activated from IL 10 days and C Andrew Knapp was assigned to the mission.
ROOM OF TRAINER
Blue Jays: Toronto director Charlie Montoyo isn’t ready to pick a starter for Sunday’s series finale but it won’t be RHP’s Kevin Gausman. Montoyo said Gausman won’t be back in rotation until Tuesday at the earliest. Gausman was hit on the ankle in his final game and scratched in the match scheduled for Thursday.
Blue Jays: Toronto is slated to make it a season-opener and announced its opening on Sunday.
Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (10-3, 2.61) will join Houston’s Justin Verlander as the only 11-game winner in the US Championship. Gilbert allowed two runs in five thirds in his final game against San Diego. Gilbert has played at least five innings at the start of this season.
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