Mariners aim to stymie Blue Jays' sudden surge

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That would be Toronto, with the Blue Jays as his overmatched victims, making Paxton the first Canadian-born Major League Baseball player to toss a no-hitter on his home soil. Yangervis Solarte then doubled, going the opposite way to left field to easily cash Donaldson with the tying run. Hernandez had three of Toronto's 12 hits.

And after squandering numerous chances early in the game, the Blue Jays broke through with a demonstrative four-run eighth inning, which featured four doubles that erased a 2-1 Seattle margin.

The Blue Jays' batters have been led by Kevin Pillar, who is slashing.314/.359/.536 with four home runs, 17 RBIs, 23 runs and six stolen bases. Martin hit another double in the next at bat, chasing Nicasio from the game. "Just weren't able to do it and shut the door tonight".

One member has even started wearing a full length eagle costume to games, purchased specially to commemorate the weird moment earlier this season when a bald eagle landed on Paxton. Offensively, Dee Gordon leads the Mariners with 49 hits and eight RBI while Jean Segura and Robinson Cano have combined for 79 hits and 44 RBI. Hernandez answered with a leadoff blast into the second deck in center in the fourth, his sixth. And although he only allowed the two runs off three hits he kept the Blue Jays close despite serving up five walks.

Wade LeBlanc struck out three and gave up one run in five innings of work for Seattle (20-15).

He allowed seven hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings and took the loss in his most recent start Friday against the Angels.

Seattle took the opening game of this series in grand style as they saw the first no-hitter by a Canadian pitcher in Canada take place.

Martin also made a number of outstanding defensive plays at third with Donaldson the DH, including fielding a grounder by Mike Zunino with his hand and then firing it to first for the out in the third. "He's an athlete and he wants to kind of jab at me a little bit, just, 'Oh, yeah, maybe I could have been a MVP if I had played third base instead of having to catch, '" said Donaldson with a laugh.

The roof at Rogers Centre was open for the first time this season.

It was double trouble for the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

Although the Blue Jays' starting rotation has struggled this season when it was expected to be a strong point, Happ has been solid.

Mariners hitters have slashed.255/.322/.425 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.2 runs per game over the team's last 10 games and 3.6 per game over the team's last five outings (2-3 SU).

Paxton's no-hitter was his second consecutive dominant start, as it followed a 16-strikeout performance against the Oakland Athletics on May 2. It was the only time the Blue Jays had a runner past first base.

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