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Seattle at Toronto

Venue: Rogers Centre
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The Seattle Mariners have silenced the slumping Toronto Blue Jays this weekend.

If Joe Saunders' latest outing is any indication, the Blue Jays could be in for another long day at the plate in Sunday's series finale.

Seeking a season-high fourth straight win, Seattle turns to Saunders as it tries to complete its first sweep in Toronto in 12 seasons.

After Felix Hernandez baffled the Blue Jays (10-21) in Friday's series opener, Hisashi Iwakuma outpitched R.A. Dickey in Saturday's 8-1 victory. Michael Saunders - a native of British Columbia - hit two homers and Dustin Ackley connected on a grand slam as the Mariners (15-17) cruised to their sixth win in seven games.

Seattle has compiled a 2.00 ERA over that stretch - nearly two runs lower than its season mark of 3.96.

The Mariners have also posted a 2.54 ERA in taking seven of eight from the Blue Jays, but they haven't swept them north of the border since winning all three matchups May 11-13, 2001.

While Seattle continues to roll, Toronto hasn't seen much go its way of late. The Blue Jays have lost eight of nine, including all four games this month by a 25-3 margin.

Third baseman Brett Lawrie saw his average drop back down to .197 after going 0 for 3 on Saturday. Slugging right fielder Jose Bautista is batting just .207.

"We're somewhat of a dysfunctional team right now," Dickey said. "We're kind of searching for a way to score runs, a way to pitch well. We're doing a lot of things poorly.

"We've got a group of great guys. And the chemistry in here, nobody is blaming other people. We're all trying to own what ours is to own in this. But we're not very good right now and everybody knows it."

Getting on track could prove difficult against Saunders (2-3, 5.25 ERA), who scattered four hits while throwing his eighth career complete game Monday in a 6-2 win over Baltimore.

"We knew what Joe was going to do," Orioles catcher Matt Wieters told MLB's official website. "Everyone sort of knows what Joe is going to do. That's why he's good and that's why he's pitched for so long. He's able to make the ball move late and get ground balls and get weak contact."

While Saunders improved to 2-0 with a 0.81 ERA at home, he's 0-3 with a 12.51 mark on the road.

"I don't know what's going on," he said. "I pride myself on being a good road pitcher, and haven't done that well this year. In my mind, I need to be a lot more consistent."

The left-hander, though, has won his last two starts at Rogers Centre while allowing two unearned runs over 14 1-3 innings. Edwin Encarnacion is 0 for 6 in their matchups and Bautista is 2 for 9.

The Blue Jays counter with Brandon Morrow (0-2, 5.29). The right-hander allowed three runs, six hits and three walks over five innings but didn't factor in the decision of Tuesday's 9-7 win over Boston.

Morrow, who spent the first three years of his career with Seattle, is 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA against his former team. He's struck out 32 in 23 2-3 innings during those outings.

Morrow will need to be wary of Jason Bay, who figures to be back in the lineup after getting the day off Saturday. The veteran left fielder is batting .435 with two homers and seven RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.

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Probable Starters

Joe Saunders, LHP
2013 stats
36.0 Innings Pitched 32.1
2-3 Wins-Losses 0-2
5.25 Earned Run Average 5.29
13 Walks 12
14 Strikeouts 26
94 Pitches Per Start 96
Career vs. opponent
59.2 Innings Pitched 23.2
3-5 Wins-Losses 3-1
3.47 Earned Run Average 3.04

Brandon Morrow, RHP
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Seattle2nd AL West8273.5299 ½ 5-5 W 1
Toronto2nd AL East8669.5555 ½ 7-3 W 3
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Brandon Morrow
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Saunders53002.600
Seager116104.545
Bay21011.500
Ryan73014.429
Morales103113.300
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Joe Saunders
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Arencibia32001.667
Dickey21001.500
Izturis21000.500
Bonifacio136012.462
Lind114010.364
 

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Seattle 135 Toronto -145
Injuries
Seattle
PlayerInjury
C. BrewerUndisclosed
S. ClevengerHand
R. CookBack
N. CruzWrist
C. FurbushShoulder
D. HultzenShoulder
N. KarnsBack
B. PowellSuspension
A. SampsonElbow
T. ZychUndisclosed
Toronto
PlayerInjury
A. CasillaUndisclosed
W. CastilloUndisclosed
G. FloydShoulder
B. McFarlandUndisclosed
S. Reid-FoleyUndisclosed
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 12TORNYY 3-2Barbato Cecil 
Apr 13TORTOR 7-2Happ Pineda 
Apr 14TORTOR 4-2Stroman Eovaldi 
May 24NYYNYY 6-0Eovaldi Dickey 
May 25NYYTOR 8-4Estrada Nova 
May 26NYYTOR 3-1Happ Sabathia 
May 30TORTOR 4-2Estrada Nova 
May 31TORTOR 4-1Biagini Sabathia 
Jun 1TORTOR 7-0Sanchez Tanaka 
Aug 15NYYNYY 1-0Green Dickey 
Aug 16NYYTOR 12-6Feldman Warren 
Aug 17NYYTOR 7-4Happ Sabathia 
Sep 5NYYNYY 5-3Tanaka Dickey 
Sep 6NYYNYY 7-6Shreve Grilli 
Sep 7NYYNYY 2-0Mitchell Stroman 
Sep 23TORTOR 9-0Liriano Mitchell 
Sep 24TORTOR 3-0Grilli Clippard 
Sep 25TORTOR 4-3Osuna Clippard 
Sep 26TOR 7:07 PM EDT