As a reward, the Blue Jays lined up the all-star right-hander to finish up the campaign against three direct competitors for a post-season berth, the first of which, the Seattle Mariners, squeaked out a sweep-averting 2-1 win on Robinson Cano's sacrifice fly in the 12th inning Wednesday afternoon.
Cano then followed with a run-scoring fly to left, quieting the decidedly pro-Blue Jays crowd, bolstered for the third straight game by thousands of fans from western Canada. Happ allowed two runs off six hits over five innings but threw 99 pitches and had to watch from the dugout during a top-of-the-fourth inning that took almost 40 minutes to complete.
After Tuesday night, the Blue Jays are beginning to look more like the hunted. Both teams have Thursday off before Seattle opens a three-game series in Minnesota and the Blue Jays begin a four-game home series with the New York Yankees on Friday. All nine players in the Blue Jays' starting lineup scored.Encarnacion hit his 42nd home run of the season - two behind American League leader Mark Trumbo - and drove in three runs.Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 and drove in the only two runs for the Mariners, who had seven hits in the loss and have now scored two runs or fewer in five of their past six games.The Blue Jays scored eight runs in the fourth inning - a frame that took almost 40 minutes to complete, highlighted by towering two-run home runs from Martin and Saunders as they rallied from a 2-0 deficit.Saunders, a former Mariner, broke a 2-2 tie with his 24th home run of the season, a 385-foot shot to right. Blue Jays' Jose Bautista scored on. Martin had a career-high 23 home runs in his first season as a Blue Jay previous year.
Happ became the major leagues' second 20-game victor and Russell Martin and Michael Saunders each hit a two-run homer, lifting Toronto over the Seattle Mariners 10-2 on Tuesday night to move into first in the AL wild-card race. Tuesday was another example, as Seattle took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning but didn't score again the rest of the way.
With the worst September record in Major League Baseball and an increasingly precarious perch on the final wild-card spot, the Toronto Blue Jays came into the Emerald City in worse shape than Keith Richards. His ball had some run and I just managed to get the head out and I connected.
Yankees 11, Rays 5: Rookie Gary Sanchez hit two more homers and drove in five runs, and Masahiro Tanaka won despite allowing four home runs in the third inning for NY. At 21 years, 212 days, Marquez was the second-youngest pitcher in Rockies' history to earn his first win.
Taijuan Walker took the loss Monday but manager Scott Servais was pleased with his starter's performance. "He's had some kind of season". I expressed that to him; he has got to keep going.
Seattle shortstop Mike Freeman prevented the go-ahead run from scoring in the 10th with a diving grab of Kevin Pillar's one-out liner with a runner on third. Troy Tulowitzki singled and Saunders followed with his 24th homer to put Toronto up 4-2. Ezequiel Carrera singled and that was all for Iwakuma. Saunders, a native of British Columbia who began his career with the Mariners, never hit more than 19 home runs during any of his six seasons with Seattle. Encarnacion capped off that eight-run frame with a two-run double. "Unfortunately, the shutdown inning was nonexistent". They were around the ball all night. "If we get the lead and (Roberto) Osuna is still in the game". "This year, it's understanding that you've got to go out there, get outs and keep your team in the game". But Russ lately has just been on fire, really turned his season around.
Happ worked five solid innings but was undermined by a couple of plays not made by second baseman Devon Travis in the third inning that cost him both runs.