Borucki shines as Blue Jays beat Mariners, 7-2

SEATTLE (AP) Ryan Borucki was tiring as he prepared to enter the eighth inning for the first time in his major league career. Fortunately, the Blue Jays' rookie left-hander had the boisterous assistance of a crowd packed with Canadians vacationing a bit south of the border in Seattle.

The 24-year-old starter, pitching in his seventh game, breezed through a perfect eighth to put a signature on his first big league victory as Toronto beat a suddenly reeling Mariners team, 7-2 on Friday night. He walked off the mound to a standing ovation from what seemed like a rare home crowd on the road.

''I'm on cloud nine right now,'' said Borucki (1-2), who gave up one run and four hits in eight innings, striking out two without issuing a walk. ''It was definitely worth the wait. These fans here, I was just riding on those fans. They were keeping me in it. . It was a lot of fun.''

Toronto got a well-balanced attack including home runs from Russell Martin and Devon Travis and added three insurance runs in the ninth.

The Blue Jays supported Borucki right away. Randal Grichuk led off the game with a double down the first-base line against Seattle starter Marco Gonzales and Travis singled him in. Toronto extended its lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning when Martin hit a solo homer to left-center field.

The Mariners got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth on Kyle Seager's RBI single, but the Blue Jays pulled away in the top of the fifth when Grichuk reached on a one-out infield single and Travis hit a two-run homer off the scoreboard beyond the left-field wall. Toronto added three in the ninth off Mariners reliever Chasen Bradford.

Meanwhile, Borucki shined, getting quick outs via ground balls, spotting his fastball in the 92-93 mph range, and making the Mariners hitters' aggressiveness work against them.

''He looked composed, in control and just pitched his game,'' Martin said. ''He's good. He's got what it takes and he's not afraid out there. It's just nice to see somebody out there that just attacks the zone and goes right after guys.''

The Mariners have lost four consecutive games and are looking to break out of a slump that saw them score the fewest runs in MLB in the month of July and only eight in three games so far in August.

''It's kind of the same old tune here offensively,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''It will turn, I know it will, our guys know it will, but it is really frustrating right now. Everybody's grinding away trying to figure out a way to get out of this thing.''

Toronto reliever Ken Giles, acquired in a deadline trade with the Houston Astros, made his Blue Jays debut in the ninth and gave up a run on a two-out single by Ryon Healy. The reliever struck out three.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: CF Kevin Pillar returned from the disabled list (sprained right sternoclavicular joint) without having played in any minor league rehab games and batted ninth. The Blue Jays optioned RHP Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Pillar on the active roster. ... The Blue Jays announced that RHP Oliver Drake was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.

Mariners: 2B Dee Gordon was back in the lineup leading off and at his position. Gordon left Thursday night's game in the ninth inning after rolling his right ankle while landing to catch a throw from third baseman Seager. ''He didn't swell up at all,'' Servais said. ''He feels pretty good today.'' ... Servais said reliever Juan Nicasio was unavailable Friday because of right knee soreness that the right-hander experienced in May. Nicasio was slated to get the knee checked out by a team doctor.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (4-8, 4.90) gets the ball for Toronto on Saturday night. Estrada returned from the 10-day disabled list in his last start July 30 and gave up four runs and five hits in four innings in a loss at Oakland.

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (9-4, 3.49), a native of British Columbia, Canada, faces the Blue Jays for the first time since pitching a no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over the Blue Jays on May 8 in Toronto.

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  • W: R. Borucki (1-2)L: M. Gonzales (12-6)
  • HR: TOR - R. Martin (10), D. Travis (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Grichuk RF52410000.230.294.469.7638.0
D. Travis 2B51231013.242.294.393.6868.5
J. Smoak 1B40100012.251.357.471.8290.5
K. Morales DH40000014.253.332.438.770-0.5
T. Hernandez LF41100021.249.304.494.7993.0
R. Martin C42221010.196.337.349.6868.5
A. Diaz SS41100000.250.283.436.7194.0
B. Drury 3B40000011.151.244.233.477-0.5
K. Pillar CF30010000.245.276.403.6791.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon 2B40000001.285.305.345.6500.0
    J. Segura SS40100000.310.340.438.7781.0
    M. Haniger RF42200000.265.361.459.8194.0
    N. Cruz DH40000014.264.351.552.903-0.5
    K. Seager 3B40210013.230.280.409.6893.5
    R. Healy 1B40110012.236.269.446.7161.5
    M. Zunino C40000022.198.254.401.655-1.0
    C. Maybin CF30000000.250.339.338.6770.0
    G. Heredia LF30000001.229.311.331.6410.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grichuk (19)
      • 3B - T. Hernandez (7)
      • HR - D. Travis (7), R. Martin (10)
      • SF - K. Pillar (6)
      • RBI - R. Grichuk (36), D. Travis 3 (29), R. Martin 2 (24), K. Pillar (38)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Grichuk (12)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Seager (25)
      • RBI - K. Seager (58), R. Healy (55)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Seager (22), R. Healy (20)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Diaz (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
      • E - A. Diaz (7), B. Drury (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gordon-Segura-Healy)
      • E - J. Segura (14)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Borucki (W, 1-2)8.04100202.301.2631.0
      K. Giles1.02110305.121.291.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Borucki (W, 1-2)8.0
      K. Giles1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales (L, 12-6)7.07440723.461.158.5
      N. Vincent1.00000004.541.283.0
      C. Bradford1.04330003.291.12-4.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales (L, 12-6)7.0
      N. Vincent1.0
      C. Bradford1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Borucki 111-75, K. Giles 23-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Borucki 11-12
      • Batters Faced - R. Borucki 29, K. Giles 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 83-63, N. Vincent 6-4, C. Bradford 22-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 7-7
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 28, N. Vincent 3, C. Bradford 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      R. Grichuk RF52410000.230.294.469.7638.0
      D. Travis 2B51231013.242.294.393.6868.5
      J. Smoak 1B40100012.251.357.471.8290.5
      K. Morales DH40000014.253.332.438.770-0.5
      T. Hernandez LF41100021.249.304.494.7993.0
      R. Martin C42221010.196.337.349.6868.5
      A. Diaz SS41100000.250.283.436.7194.0
      B. Drury 3B40000011.151.244.233.477-0.5
      K. Pillar CF30010000.245.276.403.6791.0
      Total37711720711-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Gordon 2B40000001.285.305.345.6500.0
        J. Segura SS40100000.310.340.438.7781.0
        M. Haniger RF42200000.265.361.459.8194.0
        N. Cruz DH40000014.264.351.552.903-0.5
        K. Seager 3B40210013.230.280.409.6893.5
        R. Healy 1B40110012.236.269.446.7161.5
        M. Zunino C40000022.198.254.401.655-1.0
        C. Maybin CF30000000.250.339.338.6770.0
        G. Heredia LF30000001.229.311.331.6410.0
        Total3426200513-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Grichuk (19)
          • 3B - T. Hernandez (7)
          • HR - D. Travis (7), R. Martin (10)
          • SF - K. Pillar (6)
          • RBI - R. Grichuk (36), D. Travis 3 (29), R. Martin 2 (24), K. Pillar (38)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Grichuk (12)
          BATTING
          • 2B - K. Seager (25)
          • RBI - K. Seager (58), R. Healy (55)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Seager (22), R. Healy (20)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Diaz (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
          • E - A. Diaz (7), B. Drury (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Gordon-Segura-Healy)
          • E - J. Segura (14)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Borucki (W, 1-2)8.04100202.301.2631.0
          K. Giles1.02110305.121.291.5
          Total9.0621050---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Borucki (W, 1-2)8.0
          K. Giles1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Gonzales (L, 12-6)7.07440723.461.158.5
          N. Vincent1.00000004.541.283.0
          C. Bradford1.04330003.291.12-4.0
          Total9.01177072---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Gonzales (L, 12-6)7.0
          N. Vincent1.0
          C. Bradford1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Borucki 111-75, K. Giles 23-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Borucki 11-12
          • Batters Faced - R. Borucki 29, K. Giles 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 83-63, N. Vincent 6-4, C. Bradford 22-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 7-7
          • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 28, N. Vincent 3, C. Bradford 7
          • 9TH INNING
            Healy singled to left center, Haniger scored72
            Grichuk reached on an infield single to shortstop, Diaz scored71
            Pillar hit sacrifice fly to center, Martin scored, Diaz to third61
            Martin singled to left, Hernandez scored51
          • 5TH INNING
            Travis homered to left, Grichuk scored41
          • 4TH INNING
            Seager singled to left center, Haniger scored21
            Martin homered to left center20
          • 1ST INNING
            Travis singled to left center, Grichuk scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Chasen Bradford relieved Nick Vincent
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez tripled to deep right center
            • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Martin singled to left, Hernandez scored
            • A. Diaz: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Diaz singled to left, Martin to second
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Drury flied out to deep center, Martin to third
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Diaz stole second, Foul, Pillar hit sacrifice fly to center, Martin scored, Diaz to third
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk reached on an infield single to shortstop, Diaz scored
            • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Travis flied out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ken Giles relieved Ryan Borucki
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger singled to center
            • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Haniger to second on fielder's indifference, Strike swinging, Healy singled to left center, Haniger scored
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Healy to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Nick Vincent relieved Marco Gonzales
            • D. Travis: Travis lined out to center
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Smoak lined out to first
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales lined out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Borucki Pitching:
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Heredia lined out to second
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
            • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Segura lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Foul, Drury lined out to left
            • K. Pillar: Pillar popped out to second
            • R. Grichuk: Foul, Foul, Grichuk flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Borucki Pitching:
            • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
            • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Zunino fouled out to catcher
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Maybin grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez flied out to deep center
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Diaz: Foul, Diaz lined out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Borucki Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Segura reached on an infield single to third
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger singled to right, Segura to second
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cruz popped out to first
            • K. Seager: Ball, Seager lined out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • K. Pillar: Pillar flied out to deep right
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk reached on an infield single to third
            • D. Travis: Travis homered to left, Grichuk scored
            • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Smoak singled to left
            • K. Morales: Morales grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Smoak out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Borucki Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Heredia: Heredia grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martin homered to left center
            • A. Diaz: Diaz flied out to center
            • B. Drury: Drury grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Borucki Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Segura flied out to left
            • M. Haniger: Haniger safe at first on shortstop Diaz throwing error, Haniger to second
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cruz flied out to center
            • K. Seager: Foul, Ball, Seager singled to left center, Haniger scored
            • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar safe at first on shortstop Segura fielding error
            • R. Grichuk: Pickoff attempt, Grichuk reached on an infield single to shortstop, Pillar to second
            • D. Travis: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Travis struck out on foul tip
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Morales grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • R. Borucki Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Maybin safe at first on 3rd baseman Drury fielding error
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Heredia lined out to center
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Gordon grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Maybin out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
            • A. Diaz: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Drury: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Drury struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Borucki Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Seager: Seager doubled to right
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy grounded out to second, Seager to third
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino flied out to right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Grichuk doubled to right
            • D. Travis: Ball, Travis singled to left center, Grichuk scored
            • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to second, Travis to second
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Borucki Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon grounded out to first
            • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Segura flied out to left
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger popped out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)