Marco Estrada baffled Seattle’s struggling bats with his mixture of offspeed pitches, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning and main the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-1 win over the Mariners on Saturday evening.
Estrada (5-8) was masterful with his changeup, protecting the Mariners guessing all evening. He did not hand over successful till Mitch Haniger’s one-out double simply inside third base within the seventh inning. It was simply Seattle’s second baserunner after Nelson Cruz walked main off the second inning.
In any other case, the Mariners’ slumping offence regarded much more meager in opposition to Estrada, who entered the day with a 4.90 ERA and had allowed 4 earned runs in 4 innings in his final begin. Estrada additionally induced loads of weak contact as Seattle struggled to make the adjustment between speeds.
Estrada was pulled after strolling Ryon Healy to open the eighth inning, leaving to a standing ovation from the hundreds of Toronto followers in attendance. Estrada struck out 4 and allowed one earned run when Healy scored on Chris Herrmann’s sacrifice fly.
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Ryan Tepera completed off the eighth and Ken Giles pitched the ninth in his second look since being acquired by the Blue Jays.
Paxton drops one other begin
Seattle has misplaced 5 straight and fallen 2 half of video games again of Oakland within the AL wild-card race.
Seattle starter James Paxton (9-5) misplaced for the third time in his previous 4 begins in opposition to the group he no-hit earlier this season in Toronto. The harm in opposition to Paxton got here by way of two blows: Devon Travis’ two-run single within the third and Aledmys Diaz’s solo residence run main off the fifth.
Paxton was capable of get by way of the seventh due to inning-ending double performs within the first, third and fifth innings, and one other key double play within the seventh. He struck out seven and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 14 of his final 17 begins.
Toronto added two extra runs off Seattle’s bullpen on Justin Smoak’s RBI single within the eighth and Brandon Drury’s double within the ninth. Toronto has scored 10 runs — seven earned — off Seattle’s bullpen within the first three video games of the sequence.