Donaldson's homer leads Blue Jays to 4-0 win over Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) Over three days that felt more like home games, the Toronto Blue Jays got depth from its starting pitching and - of course - another handful of home runs to find themselves back on the cusp of finally reaching the break-even mark.

Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the first inning and finished with three RBIs, J.A. Happ rediscovered the form that made him a 20-game winner last season with six shutout innings, and the Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Sunday.

Donaldson and the Blue Jays knocked out Seattle starter James Paxton (5-1) after just four innings, handing him his first loss of the season and sending the thousands of Toronto fans from western Canada back north of the border after their team won two of three this weekend.

Toronto is 13-6 over its past 19 games, is 31-32 for the season and within a game of .500 for the third time since the opening week.

''Not damage to the point where I was trying to come unglued on him, but damage to where I could hit a ball in the gap and if I clip it enough maybe go deep,'' Donaldson said of his homer. ''I was definitely going heater at that point because I know he's got a really good heater, as he should. I know he likes to go to it. He's blown me up with it a few times in the past.''

Donaldson went opposite-field for his eighth homer of the season on a 2-0 pitch. He finished with three hits, including an RBI single in the fourth for a 3-0 lead. Toronto has hit home runs in 33 of 38 games since the start of May.

Kendrys Morales also had an RBI single in the fourth.

''It was good to see we scored other ways than the home run,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Happ (1-4) picked up his first win of the season in impressive fashion, skating around Seattle getting runners into scoring position but never allowed the big hit. Seattle twice had runners at third base with two outs, but Happ struck out Taylor Motter to end the second inning and got a groundout from Kyle Seager to end the third.

Happ allowed six hits but struck out eight in getting his first win since last Sept. 20. Toronto used six relievers to finish off its fourth shutout of the season, with closer Roberto Osuna getting Mitch Haniger for the final out and his 16th save.

''I felt strong out there,'' said Happ, who made his third start since missing more than a month with elbow issues. ''I felt like I had probably more life than I had in my first two outings in my fastball today and I still felt strong. That's a good sign for sure.''

Seattle was shut out for the sixth time.

Paxton was trying to become the eighth starting pitcher in club history to win his first six decisions of the season, but was off from the start. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning, but had just one clean inning before getting pulled after the fourth.

Paxton allowed eight hits and walked three. He has pitched more than 5 1/3 innings just once since April 15.

''I just didn't feel great today,'' Paxton said. ''I had a hard time finding my timing, my rhythm. I just didn't have a plan for getting myself where I needed to be.''

ON THE FARM

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez made his second rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday. He retired the first 14 batters before giving up a walk and a double. Hernandez allowed just one hit and struck out five, throwing 64 pitches. He's expected to make one more rehab start before rejoining the Mariners.

ROSTER RETURN

Seattle activated Haniger from the 10-day DL before Sunday's game. Haniger had been out since April 26 with a strained oblique after a scorching start to the season. He was 0 for 4 in his return. OF Boog Powell was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: After an off day on Monday, the Blue Jays open a series at home with Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Marco Estrada (4-4) starts the series opener.

Mariners: Yovani Gallardo (2-6) gets the start as Seattle opens a seven-game road trip in Minnesota on Monday. Gallardo allowed five runs in seven innings in his last start, also against the Twins.

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MarinersSEA31-33
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  • W: J. Happ (1-4)L: J. Paxton (5-1)S: R. Osuna (16)
  • HR: TOR - J. Donaldson (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Pillar CF52200022.266.322.435.7585.0
J. Donaldson 3B52331020.317.417.6831.10010.0
J. Bautista RF20000213.230.344.416.7601.5
K. Morales DH30110114.254.309.464.7732.5
J. Smoak 1B40100003.295.357.599.9561.0
T. Tulowitzki SS40000002.231.282.343.6250.0
D. Barney 2B30000002.218.256.277.5330.0
a- R. Goins 2B10000010.210.272.333.605-0.5
E. Carrera LF30000120.292.363.410.7730.0
L. Maile C40100010.132.173.211.3830.5
  • a-struck out for Barney in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Heredia CF30000012.272.328.356.684-0.5
a- J. Dyson CF20100011.238.329.330.6580.5
M. Haniger RF40000123.325.434.5781.0130.0
R. Cano 2B40200001.284.343.493.8362.0
N. Cruz DH40200001.298.380.553.9333.0
K. Seager 3B40000005.265.342.416.7580.0
D. Valencia 1B40000031.266.329.409.738-1.5
M. Zunino C40100020.219.289.383.6720.0
B. Gamel LF40300000.327.391.451.8426.0
T. Motter SS30000134.205.275.368.644-0.5
  • a-struck out for Heredia in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Pillar 2 (16)
  • HR - J. Donaldson (8)
  • RBI - J. Donaldson 3 (16), K. Morales (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Donaldson (2), K. Morales (17)
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Cruz (11), B. Gamel (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Gamel
FIELDING
  • E - E. Carrera (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Valencia, K. Seager
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Happ (W, 1-4)6.06001804.311.2125.0
J. Beliveau0.01000000.002.00-1.0
R. Tepera1.00000202.860.984.0
A. Loup0.01000002.451.45-1.0
J. Smith1.00000102.641.043.5
D. Barnes0.21001102.600.98-1.5
R. Osuna (S, 16)0.10000002.880.847.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Happ (W, 1-4)6.0
J. Beliveau0.0
R. Tepera1.0
A. Loup0.0
J. Smith1.0
D. Barnes0.2
R. Osuna (S, 16)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Paxton (L, 5-1)4.08443312.251.13-6.5
E. Pagan4.00001504.220.6613.5
D. Altavilla1.00000204.501.464.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Paxton (L, 5-1)4.0
E. Pagan4.0
D. Altavilla1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 104-65, J. Beliveau 3-1, R. Tepera 14-8, A. Loup 2-1, J. Smith 8-6, D. Barnes 20-13, R. Osuna 3-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 3-7, J. Smith 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Happ 25, J. Beliveau, R. Tepera 3, A. Loup, J. Smith 3, D. Barnes 4, R. Osuna
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 94-56, E. Pagan 44-31, D. Altavilla 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 5-4, E. Pagan 2-4
  • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 23, E. Pagan 12, D. Altavilla 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Blue JaysTOR31-32
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MarinersSEA31-33
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Pillar CF52200022.266.322.435.7585.0
J. Donaldson 3B52331020.317.417.6831.10010.0
J. Bautista RF20000213.230.344.416.7601.5
K. Morales DH30110114.254.309.464.7732.5
J. Smoak 1B40100003.295.357.599.9561.0
T. Tulowitzki SS40000002.231.282.343.6250.0
D. Barney 2B30000002.218.256.277.5330.0
a- R. Goins 2B10000010.210.272.333.605-0.5
E. Carrera LF30000120.292.363.410.7730.0
L. Maile C40100010.132.173.211.3830.5
Total34484141016-----
  • a-struck out for Barney in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Heredia CF30000012.272.328.356.684-0.5
a- J. Dyson CF20100011.238.329.330.6580.5
M. Haniger RF40000123.325.434.5781.0130.0
R. Cano 2B40200001.284.343.493.8362.0
N. Cruz DH40200001.298.380.553.9333.0
K. Seager 3B40000005.265.342.416.7580.0
D. Valencia 1B40000031.266.329.409.738-1.5
M. Zunino C40100020.219.289.383.6720.0
B. Gamel LF40300000.327.391.451.8426.0
T. Motter SS30000134.205.275.368.644-0.5
Total36090021218-----
  • a-struck out for Heredia in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Pillar 2 (16)
  • HR - J. Donaldson (8)
  • RBI - J. Donaldson 3 (16), K. Morales (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Donaldson (2), K. Morales (17)
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Cruz (11), B. Gamel (9)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Gamel
FIELDING
  • E - E. Carrera (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Valencia, K. Seager
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Happ (W, 1-4)6.06001804.311.2125.0
J. Beliveau0.01000000.002.00-1.0
R. Tepera1.00000202.860.984.0
A. Loup0.01000002.451.45-1.0
J. Smith1.00000102.641.043.5
D. Barnes0.21001102.600.98-1.5
R. Osuna (S, 16)0.10000002.880.847.0
Total9.09002120---
PITCHERSIP
J. Happ (W, 1-4)6.0
J. Beliveau0.0
R. Tepera1.0
A. Loup0.0
J. Smith1.0
D. Barnes0.2
R. Osuna (S, 16)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Paxton (L, 5-1)4.08443312.251.13-6.5
E. Pagan4.00001504.220.6613.5
D. Altavilla1.00000204.501.464.0
Total9.08444101---
PITCHERSIP
J. Paxton (L, 5-1)4.0
E. Pagan4.0
D. Altavilla1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 104-65, J. Beliveau 3-1, R. Tepera 14-8, A. Loup 2-1, J. Smith 8-6, D. Barnes 20-13, R. Osuna 3-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 3-7, J. Smith 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Happ 25, J. Beliveau, R. Tepera 3, A. Loup, J. Smith 3, D. Barnes 4, R. Osuna
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 94-56, E. Pagan 44-31, D. Altavilla 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 5-4, E. Pagan 2-4
  • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 23, E. Pagan 12, D. Altavilla 3
  • 4TH INNING
    Morales singled to left, Donaldson scored, Bautista to second40
    Donaldson singled to right, Pillar scored30
  • 1ST INNING
    Donaldson homered to right center, Pillar scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Dan Altavilla relieved Emilio Pagan
    • L. Maile: Strike looking, Maile lined out to center
    • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Danny Barnes relieved Joe Smith
    • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
    • B. Gamel: Gamel flied out to shallow center
    • T. Motter: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Motter walked
    • J. Dyson: Dyson singled to left center, Motter to second
    • Roberto Osuna relieved Danny Barnes
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Haniger lined out to right
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jarrod Dyson in center
    • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Tulowitzki flied out to right
    • Ryan Goins hit for Darwin Barney
    • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
    • E. Carrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Carrera struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Goins at second
    • Aaron Loup relieved Ryan Tepera
    • R. Cano: Ball, Cano singled to left
    • Joe Smith relieved Aaron Loup
    • N. Cruz: Cruz grounded out to third, Cano to second
    • K. Seager: Strike (foul tip), Seager grounded out to first, Cano to third
    • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • E. Pagan Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Bautista grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
    • J. Smoak: Foul, Smoak grounded into double play third to first, Morales out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jeff Beliveau relieved J.A. Happ
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Gamel singled to center
    • Ryan Tepera relieved Jeff Beliveau
    • T. Motter: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Motter struck out looking
    • Jarrod Dyson hit for Guillermo Heredia
    • J. Dyson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gamel stole second, Foul tip, Dyson struck out on foul tip
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Haniger flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • E. Pagan Pitching:
    • L. Maile: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Happ Pitching:
    • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Seager fouled out to first
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Foul, Zunino flied out to shallow right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Emilio Pagan relieved James Paxton
    • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Tulowitzki flied out to deep right
    • D. Barney: Strike looking, Strike looking, Barney flied out to center
    • E. Carrera: Ball, Foul, Carrera flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Happ Pitching:
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
    • R. Cano: Foul, Cano flied out to left
    • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cruz flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • E. Carrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Carrera struck out swinging
    • L. Maile: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Maile grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar doubled to left
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Donaldson singled to right, Pillar scored
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bautista walked, Donaldson to second
    • K. Morales: Foul, Ball, Morales singled to left, Donaldson scored, Bautista to second
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Happ Pitching:
    • D. Valencia: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino singled to right
    • B. Gamel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gamel singled to right, Zunino to second
    • T. Motter: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Motter struck out on foul tip
    • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smoak grounded out to second
    • T. Tulowitzki: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Tulowitzki grounded out to third
    • D. Barney: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Barney flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Happ Pitching:
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Heredia flied out to shallow right
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano lined out to center
    • N. Cruz: Cruz doubled to deep right, Haniger to third
    • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Seager grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Carrera walked
    • L. Maile: Ball, Maile singled to right, Carrera to second
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pillar lined out to center
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Donaldson singled to left, Carrera to third, Maile to second
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • K. Morales: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Morales grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Happ Pitching:
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Valencia grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel doubled to deep left, Gamel to third on left fielder Carrera fielding error
    • T. Motter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Motter struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pillar doubled to left
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Donaldson homered to right center, Pillar scored
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bautista walked
    • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
    • J. Smoak: Smoak reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bautista to second
    • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Tulowitzki flied out to right
    • D. Barney: Ball, Barney fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Happ Pitching:
    • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Heredia grounded out to second
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Haniger struck out on foul tip
    • R. Cano: Foul, Foul, Foul, Cano singled to center
    • N. Cruz: Cruz reached on an infield single to shortstop, Cano to second
    • K. Seager: Ball, Seager flied out to deep right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)