Blue Jays use four-run 8th to beat Mariners 5-2

TORONTO (AP) - After being held hitless by Seattle's James Paxton on Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays were looking to get their offense clicking again.

It came alive in a pivotal eighth-inning rally.

Yangervis Solarte hit a game-tying double in the eighth and Justin Smoak followed with a go-ahead double as the Blue Jays rallied to beat the Mariners 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Toronto started the eighth with five straight hits off Mariners reliever Juan Nicasio (1-1), turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead.

"After the last few days, we were overdue to explode," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Josh Donaldson snapped an 0 for 19 slump with a double and scored on Solarte's hit. Solarte was replaced by pinch runner Anthony Alford, who scored on Smoak's double to right. Kevin Pillar hit an RBI single to left, but was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double. Russell Martin ended Nicasio's outing with a double.

"Nicasio was not on tonight, just didn't have much life on the fastball," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "We kept them down for a long time in this series. Just weren't able to do it and shut the door tonight."

Erik Goeddel replaced Nicasio and struck out Lourdes Gurriel Jr., but gave up an RBI single to Luke Maile.

"Later on in the game we were able to kind of steal that momentum and then kind of carry it over until the final out," Donaldson said.

Teoscar Hernandez homered and had three hits for the Blue Jays, who came in having lost five of six at home.

Ryan Tepera (3-1) pitched one inning for the win and Tyler Clippard pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth to earn his first save.

"It was a big win for us," Clippard said. "We needed to kind of bounce back."

One night after Paxton's feat, the Blue Jays made sure they would not be no-hit again when Hernandez singled to begin the bottom of the first.

Jean Segura had three hits for the Mariners, who have not won consecutive games since April 28 and 29.

"We had a chance to get this one tonight," Servais said. "It hurts a little bit letting it get away."

Segura hit an RBI double off Blue Jays left-hander Jaime Garcia in the first and Mitch Haniger made it 2-0 with a two-out double in the third. Hernandez answered with a leadoff blast into the second deck in center in the fourth, his sixth.

Making his second start of the season following five relief appearances, Seattle left-hander Wade LeBlanc allowed one run and four hits. He walked none and struck out three.

Garcia allowed two runs, one earned, and three hits in five innings.

HOT CORNER HEROICS

Donaldson started at DH and Martin, normally a catcher, made his first start of the season at third base. Martin made a barehanded play to retire Guillermo Heredia for the final out of the sixth, then threw out speedy Dee Gordon for the first out of the seventh.

"I'm just a ballplayer," Martin said. "Just put me out there and I'll get it done."

MAGIC NUMBER

The Blue Jays are 16-0 when scoring five or more runs.

OPEN SKIES

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

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Dan Altavilla (shoulder) threw a bullpen at Double-A Arkansas on Tuesday and is expected to begin a rehab assignment there Thursday.

Blue Jays: Toronto acquired INF Gio Urshela from Cleveland for a player to be named later or cash. Urshela, who has played all four infield positions, provides defensive versatility for the Blue Jays, who have shortstops Aledmys Diaz (left ankle) and Troy Tulowitzki (right ankle) on the disabled list, and recently demoted struggling second baseman Devon Travis to Triple-A.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (3-3, 6.28) is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA in two starts against Toronto. Leake has not faced the Blue Jays since 2014.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (4-2, 3.67) lost at Tampa Bay in his previous start, snapping a streak of four straight winning decisions.

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SEA20-15
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TOR20-17
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  • W: R. Tepera (3-1)L: J. Nicasio (1-1)S: T. Clippard (1)
  • HR: TOR - T. Hernandez (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon CF51000011.340.362.431.7930.5
J. Segura SS51310021.291.314.419.7335.0
R. Cano 2B50000024.279.386.411.796-1.0
N. Cruz DH30000103.248.309.515.8241.0
M. Haniger RF10110300.295.386.6231.0098.0
K. Seager 3B20000103.235.295.390.6852.0
R. Healy 1B40000016.246.268.507.775-0.5
M. Zunino C40000021.172.226.466.691-1.0
G. Heredia LF20000100.270.417.459.8760.0
a- B. Gamel PH10100000.196.260.261.5211.0
  • a-singled for Heredia in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Hernandez RF41311002.267.318.574.8929.0
J. Donaldson DH41100022.213.306.467.7732.0
Y. Solarte 2B40210002.271.351.526.8774.0
A. Alford PR-LF01000000.167.286.167.4521.0
J. Smoak 1B31110101.254.362.424.7855.0
K. Pillar CF40210012.314.359.536.8952.5
R. Martin 3B41100012.145.276.325.6012.5
L. Gurriel SS40000011.210.234.323.557-0.5
L. Maile C40210001.309.387.418.8055.0
D. Pompey LF20000111.250.333.250.5830.5
a- C. Granderson PH10000011.284.436.500.936-0.5
R. Urena 2B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Pompey in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Segura (11), M. Haniger (8)
  • RBI - J. Segura (25), M. Haniger (29)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Haniger (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Hernandez (9), J. Donaldson (4), Y. Solarte (7), J. Smoak (8), R. Martin (3)
  • 3B - L. Maile
  • HR - T. Hernandez (6)
  • RBI - T. Hernandez (15), Y. Solarte (23), J. Smoak (19), K. Pillar (17), L. Maile (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - L. Maile (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Haniger (2)
  • CS - G. Heredia (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Heredia 2 (2)
  • DP - 2 (LeBlanc-Cano-Healy; Heredia-Cano)
  • E - D. Gordon (4)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Garcia (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. LeBlanc5.04110313.181.1911.5
C. Bradford (H, 1)0.21001102.400.93-1.5
N. Vincent (H, 7)1.11001104.611.391.5
J. Nicasio (L, 1-1) (BS, 2)0.15440006.001.28-14.0
E. Goeddel0.21000202.701.200.0
PITCHERSIP
W. LeBlanc5.0
C. Bradford (H, 1)0.2
N. Vincent (H, 7)1.1
J. Nicasio (L, 1-1) (BS, 2)0.1
E. Goeddel0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia5.03215305.401.577.5
S. Oh1.00000101.651.043.5
J. Axford1.01000101.471.152.5
R. Tepera (W, 3-1)1.00001103.061.199.5
T. Clippard (S, 1)1.01000201.400.9310.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia5.0
S. Oh1.0
J. Axford1.0
R. Tepera (W, 3-1)1.0
T. Clippard (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - E. Goeddel
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. LeBlanc 58-45, C. Bradford 29-18, N. Vincent 21-13, J. Nicasio 21-15, E. Goeddel 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. LeBlanc 5-6
  • Batters Faced - W. LeBlanc 18, C. Bradford 4, N. Vincent 6, J. Nicasio 5, E. Goeddel 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Garcia (5)
  • HBP - J. Garcia (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 92-50, S. Oh 7-6, J. Axford 14-12, R. Tepera 16-9, T. Clippard 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 6-6, S. Oh 1-1, J. Axford 1-1, R. Tepera 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 24, S. Oh 3, J. Axford 4, R. Tepera 4, T. Clippard 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon CF51000011.340.362.431.7930.5
J. Segura SS51310021.291.314.419.7335.0
R. Cano 2B50000024.279.386.411.796-1.0
N. Cruz DH30000103.248.309.515.8241.0
M. Haniger RF10110300.295.386.6231.0098.0
K. Seager 3B20000103.235.295.390.6852.0
R. Healy 1B40000016.246.268.507.775-0.5
M. Zunino C40000021.172.226.466.691-1.0
G. Heredia LF20000100.270.417.459.8760.0
a- B. Gamel PH10100000.196.260.261.5211.0
Total3225206819-----
HITTERSAB
D. Gordon CF5
J. Segura SS5
R. Cano 2B5
N. Cruz DH3
M. Haniger RF1
K. Seager 3B2
R. Healy 1B4
M. Zunino C4
G. Heredia LF2
a- B. Gamel PH1
Total32
  • a-singled for Heredia in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Hernandez RF41311002.267.318.574.8929.0
J. Donaldson DH41100022.213.306.467.7732.0
Y. Solarte 2B40210002.271.351.526.8774.0
A. Alford PR-LF01000000.167.286.167.4521.0
J. Smoak 1B31110101.254.362.424.7855.0
K. Pillar CF40210012.314.359.536.8952.5
R. Martin 3B41100012.145.276.325.6012.5
L. Gurriel SS40000011.210.234.323.557-0.5
L. Maile C40210001.309.387.418.8055.0
D. Pompey LF20000111.250.333.250.5830.5
a- C. Granderson PH10000011.284.436.500.936-0.5
R. Urena 2B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total34512512715-----
  • a-struck out for Pompey in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Segura (11), M. Haniger (8)
  • RBI - J. Segura (25), M. Haniger (29)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Haniger (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Hernandez (9), J. Donaldson (4), Y. Solarte (7), J. Smoak (8), R. Martin (3)
  • 3B - L. Maile
  • HR - T. Hernandez (6)
  • RBI - T. Hernandez (15), Y. Solarte (23), J. Smoak (19), K. Pillar (17), L. Maile (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - L. Maile (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Haniger (2)
  • CS - G. Heredia (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Heredia 2 (2)
  • DP - 2 (LeBlanc-Cano-Healy; Heredia-Cano)
  • E - D. Gordon (4)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Garcia (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. LeBlanc5.04110313.181.1911.5
C. Bradford (H, 1)0.21001102.400.93-1.5
N. Vincent (H, 7)1.11001104.611.391.5
J. Nicasio (L, 1-1) (BS, 2)0.15440006.001.28-14.0
E. Goeddel0.21000202.701.200.0
Total8.01255271---
PITCHERSIP
W. LeBlanc5.0
C. Bradford (H, 1)0.2
N. Vincent (H, 7)1.1
J. Nicasio (L, 1-1) (BS, 2)0.1
E. Goeddel0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia5.03215305.401.577.5
S. Oh1.00000101.651.043.5
J. Axford1.01000101.471.152.5
R. Tepera (W, 3-1)1.00001103.061.199.5
T. Clippard (S, 1)1.01000201.400.9310.0
Total9.0521680---
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia5.0
S. Oh1.0
J. Axford1.0
R. Tepera (W, 3-1)1.0
T. Clippard (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - E. Goeddel
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. LeBlanc 58-45, C. Bradford 29-18, N. Vincent 21-13, J. Nicasio 21-15, E. Goeddel 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. LeBlanc 5-6
  • Batters Faced - W. LeBlanc 18, C. Bradford 4, N. Vincent 6, J. Nicasio 5, E. Goeddel 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Garcia (5)
  • HBP - J. Garcia (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 92-50, S. Oh 7-6, J. Axford 14-12, R. Tepera 16-9, T. Clippard 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 6-6, S. Oh 1-1, J. Axford 1-1, R. Tepera 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 24, S. Oh 3, J. Axford 4, R. Tepera 4, T. Clippard 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Maile singled to shallow left, Martin scored, Maile to second25
    Pillar singled to deep left, Smoak scored, Pillar out at second24
    Smoak doubled to deep right center, Alford scored23
    Solarte doubled to deep left, Donaldson scored22
  • 4TH INNING
    Hernandez homered to center21
  • 3RD INNING
    Haniger doubled to left center, Segura scored20
  • 1ST INNING
    Segura doubled to shallow left, Gordon scored, Segura to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Richard Urena at second
    • Tyler Clippard relieved Ryan Tepera
    • Ben Gamel hit for Guillermo Heredia
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gamel singled to left
    • D. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon flied out to deep right
    • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Ryan Tepera relieved John Axford
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked
    • K. Seager: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Seager flied out to left
    • R. Healy: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Haniger stole second, Foul, Healy grounded out to third
    • M. Zunino: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Juan Nicasio relieved Nick Vincent
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Donaldson doubled to right center
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Solarte doubled to deep left, Donaldson scored
    • Anthony Alford ran for Yangervis Solarte
    • J. Smoak: Smoak doubled to deep right center, Alford scored
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar singled to deep left, Smoak scored, Pillar out at second
    • R. Martin: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martin doubled to left center
    • Erik Goeddel relieved Juan Nicasio
    • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
    • L. Maile: Strike looking, Maile singled to shallow left, Martin scored, Maile to second
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Dalton Pompey
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Maile to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • John Axford relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
    • D. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to third
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Segura singled to center
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Cruz lined out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Vincent Pitching:
    • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Martin struck out on foul tip
    • L. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to center
    • L. Maile: Ball, Ball, Foul, Maile tripled to left center
    • D. Pompey: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pompey walked
    • T. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Jaime Garcia
    • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy flied out to deep right
    • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
    • G. Heredia: Heredia grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chasen Bradford relieved Wade LeBlanc
    • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez doubled to right
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Solarte flied out to center, Hernandez to third
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smoak walked
    • Nick Vincent relieved Chasen Bradford
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar lined out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
    • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cano lined out to shortstop
    • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked, Cruz to second
    • K. Seager: Seager grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
    • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to third
    • L. Maile: Maile grounded out to second
    • D. Pompey: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pompey struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Zunino popped out to first
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia flied out to deep center
    • D. Gordon: Foul, Gordon flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
    • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hernandez homered to center
    • J. Donaldson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson lined out to right
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Solarte singled to left
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Smoak reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Solarte out at second
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pillar singled to shallow right, Smoak to second
    • R. Martin: Martin grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Pillar out at second
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Segura reached on an infield single to pitcher, Segura to second on Garcia fielding error
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano grounded out to first, Segura to third
    • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz grounded out to third
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger doubled to left center, Segura scored
    • K. Seager: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager walked
    • R. Healy: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Healy grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
    • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel safe at first on center fielder Gordon fielding error, Gurriel to second
    • L. Maile: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Maile flied out to right
    • D. Pompey: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Pompey lined into double play left to second, Gurriel out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Zunino grounded out to third
    • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Heredia walked
    • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Heredia picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Foul, Gordon popped out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
    • J. Smoak: Smoak popped out to first
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Pillar struck out looking
    • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Martin flied out to deep left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out, reached on wild pitch
    • J. Segura: Segura doubled to shallow left, Gordon scored, Segura to third
    • R. Cano: Cano flied out to right
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Cruz reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Segura out at home
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger walked, Cruz to second
    • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Seager hit by pitch, Cruz to third, Haniger to second
    • R. Healy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Healy struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
    • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Hernandez singled to shallow right
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • Y. Solarte: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Solarte grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Hernandez out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)